Earlier this year I went on my first cruise. I have been toying with the idea of going on a cruise 13 night around New Zealand. My Mum suggested going on a smaller cruise to see if I liked it. So we decided to do a cruise on Dawn Princess from Melbourne to Hobart to Melbourne.
We left on January 24th at 4pm. It was a beautiful summers day although looking at the photos now it was also a little cloudy.
The Seabourn Odyssey and Spirit of Tasmania were also docked at Station Pier.
Mum has been on cruises before and wanted a balcony stateroom which turned out to be one of my favourite things about the cruise. Just being able to open the sliding door when we wanted some fresh air or to see what we were sailing past without having to go up to one of the open decks was priceless. We were able to sit on our balcony waiting for the ship to move away from the dock. It is such a smooth process that I didn’t realise straight away that it was moving. It took a few hours to sail through Port Phillip Bay. We were able to unpack and have a look around some of the ship before settling upstairs in the Horizon Court Buffet while waiting to approach Port Phillip Heads. We were able to sit at a table at the front of the door and near the door so we could go outside to the front of the ship when we were approaching the Heads. It turns out we approached the Heads during the equivalent of peak hour. There were several ships entering the Heads so we had to patiently (well maybe not THAT patiently) wait our turn. It was fascinating watching the ships entering and how we had to manoeuvre to stay out of their way.
When it was our turn to sail through the Heads the sun was beginning to set. I have always wanted to sail through the Heads. I have done it once before coming back on the ferry from Tasmania but that was before dawn so I didn’t get to see it. I have been as close to the Heads on land on both sides as is possible so the last thing was to actually sail through them. It was magical and well worth waiting for.
Watching Melbourne disappear as we began our cruise
I took this photo yesterday at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix yesterday in Melbourne. The Roulettes fly over every year and do a series of acrobatic moves. The beautiful blue sky provided the perfect background.
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum in Warnambool is a recreation of a Warnambool village in it’s early days. It is a lovely, historical representation with buildings that represent how the people lived in the 19th century.
Port Fairy is a beautiful little town on the western coast of Victoria, not far from the South Australian border. It also lies at the end of the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia’s great road trips. Although it’s a small fishing town, it is becoming very well known.
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.
The Giant Koala is an icon and one of the ‘big’ things Aussies are so fond of. It is located on the Western Highway in the tiny ‘blink and you will miss it’ town of Dadswells Bridge.
I didn’t know it existed until we saw the signs that told us we were approaching it. Lucky there was no one driving behind us because I had to quickly put my foot on the brake to slow down to drive in to the carpark.