The lighthouse sits atop jagged cliffs, more than 50m above the sea on the Victorian coast at Portland. I think this is where I fell in love with lighthouses. Ever since, if I’m near a lighthouse I just have to go and see it. This one is still operational and provides a beacon over Bass Strait, one of the most dangerous waters in the world.
The old cottages have been converted to accommodation since we visited but the lighthouse is no longer manned. Technology does all the work now.
Highfield House, Stanley, Tasmania. This wing of the house contains the kitchen on the ground level and the staff quarters upstairs. The house was built in the 1830’s when Australia was still very young.
Dawn Princess cruise ship, docked at Mason Cove at Port Arthur
I was fascinated to find out that the sinkhole used to be a cave but the top collapsed. The topsoil provided the perfect environment for a sunken garden. They weren’t blooming when we were there but they were still beautiful.
The Blue Lake sits in an extinct volcano. It is actually one of four crater lakes in Mt Gambier. One of the others is just on the other side of the road. For most of the year it is a regular deep blue colour but in November, and almost overnight, the colour changes to a deep, intense blue. This normally lasts until February and by March it has returned to its normal colour.
All three of the above photos, when placed side-by-side, give a panoramic view of the lake.
The Pumping Station below is still used to provide fresh drinking water for Mt Gambier.
Larry the Lobster sits outside The Big Lobster cafe in the small South Australian town of Kingston SE. He is nicknamed Larry the Lobster and was built to attract people and encourage them to stop and try some of the local food and wine. It certainly worked for us. After driving for hours without a break it was just what we needed.