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Vic/SA: Umpherston Sinkhole

 

 

 

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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.

 

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Victoria/South Australia: Blue Lake, Mt Gambier

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.

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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.

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Victoria/South Australia: Larry the Lobster

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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.

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: 2015 Week #7- Old-fashioned punt crossing

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Wellington, South Australia is the original punt crossing on the Murray River. It is run by the South Australian government. Every day it ferries cars, trucks and caravans from one side of the river to the other. It’s a quaint step back in time but is much cheaper than building a bridge apparently.

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Victoria/South Australia: Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, Kangaroo Island

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By the time we drove to Cape Willoughby along a very rough road, a storm was approaching. In the end it didn’t hit land but moved out to sea. The result was the very moody sky in the above photo. The building in the foreground is the cellar door for Dudley Wines. We had just left there

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Victoria/South Australia: Kingscote, Kangaroo Island

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Kingscote is the largest town on Kangaroo Island with a population of around 2,000. It was established in 1836. At one stage they thought it could become the capital of South Australia but it was later decided it didn’t have enough resources so the capital was established in Adelaide on the mainland. It’s a really nice town with some great architecture. I’d love to go back there one day and spend more time exploring both Kingscote and the whole island.

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Victoria/South Australia: Admiral’s Arch

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This is my favourite photo taken on our road trip in Victoria and South Australia. It’s one of my favourite photos I’ve ever taken.

Admiral’s Arch is in Cape du Couedic in Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island. It was quite a long walk along the boardwalk that lead down to the arch. We were really tired because it had been a long day of driving, catching the ferry then driving another 100kms to the other end of Kangaroo Island. We almost decided not to continue, not knowing what we were going to look at. A man overheard us talking about not continuing and stopped to tell us it is definitely worth the walk. We decided to continue. The boardwalk got very windy and every step I took down the stairs, I thought about having to walk back up. I really was that tired.

Once we got to the bottom and turned around we saw the arch and thought ‘Wow’. It was stunning. Especially as the sun was setting over the ocean behind the arch. I hardly noticed the walk back up all the steps with the memory of Admiral’s Arch.

Victoria/South Australia: Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island

The Remarkable Rocks sit on a hill on the edge of the island. They are made of granite and have been smoothed over millions of years. One side is very steep and slips down into the ocean. You can walk up on to the rocks but can’t go past a certain point because it is too slippery. They are covered by a beautiful orange lichen that gives the rocks a lot of interest. It’s pretty spectacular at different times of the day in different light.

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Victoria/South Australia: Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island

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These cute but very noisy Australian Sea Lions call Seal Bay home. There are different tours you can do to see them. We chose the Boardwalk tour because it was a self-guided tour but unfortunately we weren’t allowed on to the beach to get close to them. To do that you have to do the guided tour. We were able to watch them making their way very slowly up the beach to their homes in the sand dunes. You can almost feel their pain as they drag their heavy bodies across the sand. They have filled up on so much food from the sea that they can hardly move. Some don’t make it in one go and have to have a nap before completing their journey. They are very cute to watch though.

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Victoria/South Australia: Kangaroo Island

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The destination on our road trip was Kangaroo Island. It’s Australia’s 3rd largest island and is just off the coast of South Australia. You can fly from Cape Jervis on the mainland or take the ferry. If you know me you will know I would have chosen the ferry because I hate small planes. And small boats. So the ferry was the only option.

We got my car and drove off the ferry. Once we got to the top of the hill we weren’t sure what to see so we stopped to find an information office. They gave us a few suggestions and maps and we headed off to the town of Kingscote where we were staying. I noticed the view in the above photo in the rear vision mirror so stopped to take the photo. You can see across the sparkling ocean to the mainland of South Australia. It’s a stunning view.

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Victoria/South Australia: Granite Island (Victor Harbor)

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Granite Island is just off the coast of Victor Harbor on the southern coast of Australia. It is home to a colony of little penguins. There are tours run at dusk every night. Visitors can watch the penguins swim ashore and walk up to their burrows in the sand. We didn’t stay to watch this parade but I have seen similar ones at Phillip Island. The penguins are so cute, waddling up the beach.

You can walk on the bridge to the island or hop on the horse-drawn tram. They have a team of fourteen Clydesdales that take turns carrying passengers to and from the island. It is only a 630m walk but it’s a lot of fun going there or back on the tram.

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Penguins have right of way on the island.

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Victoria/South Australia: Bordertown – Childhood home of a Prime Minister

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This modest house in a street off the main highway was where former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, lived as a child.
These days it is being used as an office of community organisations. It was originally built in the late 1800’s as a branch of the National Australia Bank.

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Lighthouses on Kangaroo Island

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Continuing the theme on lighthouses I have visited, here are two of the three on Kangaroo Island that I went to on a road-trip that included Kangaroo Island.

The first two photos are of the lighthouse at Cape Willoughby on the north-eastern side of the island. It’s quite a long drive to this part of the island. As we approached we could see the sky darkening due to an impending storm. Luckily it was slow-moving though. We had enough time to walk around, stop at the cellar door in the foreground of the top photo and head back to town. You can see how gray the sky was getting as we left.

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This photo was taken at Cape du Couedic lighthouse on the south-west side of the island. There are lots of spectacular natural and man-made features on this part of the island.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Big (2)

The Big Lobster

The Big Lobster is the other ‘big’ Aussie icon I’ve seen http://www.australianexplorer.com/australian_big_icons.htm.

It is in Kingston S.E. and houses a restaurant and a gift shop.  At 18.2 metres tall it’s definitely the biggest lobster most of us will see.  It was built to show off the famous lobster-growing area of South Australia.