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Dec 25, 2015 - Port Fairy

Merry Christmas to everyone. The weather was terrible today – hot & windy, like, I think, most of Victoria. I had to close up the van & run the air-con most of the day (for Alexander’s benefit) but I went out & explored the town, especially the magnificent beach. I’m glad I’ve moved on from Lorne because now they’re talking about evacuating the town tonight because of the threat from bushfires. The thing is, that fire was burning last week when I was there but they said it wasn’t threatening communities so they didn’t bother to put it out....

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Dec 24, 2015 - Port Fairy

Of course, I had to go back to Flagstaff Hill today to see the Loch Ard peacock. It's magnificent but it's in a glass case so again, very hard to photograph. There were surprisingly few people around so I almost had the village to myself - I suppose everyone else is running around crowded shopping centres buying last-minute presents.

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Dec 23, 2015 - Port Fairy

Warrnambool’s Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village claims to be Australia’s most awarded Maritime Heritage Precinct so it was worth a look & I thought it would be a bit different to go to “Shipwrecked”, their night-time sound & laser show. It was fantastic. We started off with a guided lantern walk through the old village where our guide stopped at various points to set the scene experienced by immigrants coming to Australia by sailing ship in 1878. We ended up in a theatre where we watched a movie narrating excerpts from actual diaries from...

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Dec 22, 2015 - Port Fairy

This morning I went into Warrnambool, which is less than 20 km away, to do some shopping, then needed some exercise this afternoon so went for a 3 km walk around Griffiths Island. This is an important Mutton Bird colony & they're nesting right now but, like the penguins, they spend most of the day at sea & come in at dusk. I was a bit too early so didn't see any birds but it was a lovely walk to the lighthouse & back along the beach.

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Dec 21, 2015 - Lorne to Port Fairy

A much cooler day & an uneventful trip along the Great Ocean Road. Traffic very busy as expected at this time of year & no opportunity to pull off into any of the crowded scenic parking lots with the caravan but it wasn't a great day for photos anyway. Stopped at Port Campbell for lunch then got to this very small but very attractive caravan park at Port Fairy mid afternoon. Haven't had a chance to look around yet.

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Jun 6, 2012 - Port Fairy

Hi, We were very happy to not have too windy a night after the dire predictions - although I think others suffered. Maybe the sheltered spot we were in helped. After tidying the 'van and finding a home for last minute things that were thrown in before we left home we walked across the bridge at Barwon Heads. Was an interesting walk as the wind was soooooooooo strong. When we walked away from Barwon Heads our hair blew straight out to the left and then when we walked back it blew straight out to the right!! Somehow my hair was extremely...

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Apr 2, 2012 - Days 26 - 27 UPDATE NOTES

Hi All, Geelong has now been and gone and we headed off down the Great Ocean Road as it is called. Its a fantastic bit of highway about 200kms long and took us a total of 4 days to travel. Near the start point at Torquay is Bells Beach one of Australia’s most internationally famous surfing beach where just after our visit was held the Rip Curl Championship. We saw beautiful waves with long breaks. We , not being surfers but we could understand from what we saw why this beach is so famous. From there it was via Lorne and a few small...

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Nov 18, 2011 - The Great Ocean Road

Arriving in Melbourne on the 14th shortly after 1:00 pm, we were promptly met by Royale Limousines, our transfer to the hotel. To our surprise, we were the only passengers in what appeared to be a new, 8 passenger Mercedes bus. The driver was a pleasant young man whose family had immigrated from Nepal. We were lucky after he dropped us off at the hotel – it turned out that he had been given our destination as a different Ibis Hotel than the one we had reservations for – he hadn’t driven off yet as he was making a phone call! Since we were...

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Apr 14, 2011 - Along the Ocean Road

We finished our coastal drive at Port Fairy with meat pies and bread goods (recommended in our guide book), but were not too impressed…and headed to Adelaide way later than we should have. In any case, we planned to drive in the dark. April 15 - Fri : driving from the Great Ocean to Adelaide Then it was putting our noses to the grindstone and driving for 6 hours north to Adelaide. The Australians slam through, driving 120 and 130 km, passing us along the way. We couldn’t go so fast, scary on the dark roads. Amazing countryside, rolling...

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Feb 6, 2011 - Port Fairy

Eigentlich wollten wir ja heute eine kleine Wanderung im Grampians National Park machen, aber eben er war „closed for 2 days“ … Also nahmen wir es gemütlich, gingen zuerst noch ins Cafe Restaurant, wo’s ein gratis WiFi hatte und ich noch meinen gestrigen Bericht versenden und ein paar Dinge online abklären konnte. Da wir die vorgesehene Strasse nicht benützen konnten, mussten wir einen Umweg machen, der sich dann aber als eine gemütliche „Fahrt über Land“ herausstellte. Diese Gelegenheit wollten wir nutzen, damit Bea ihre erste Erfahrungen...

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Dec 16, 2010 - Back to Victoria

We mountain folk are not used to wind so a visit to the south coast – or any coast really – can be a challenge. The hairstyles are ruined by the end of the day, the knots need careful brushing out and eyes are red rimmed and dried out. On the way to Port Fairy we stopped at Kingston SE where we had one of the ‘windiest’ experience of our lives many years ago. We stayed in a caravan with the kids and didn’t sleep all night for fear of the van being blown apart. It wasn’t quite so bad this time. Anyway we were on a mission in Kingston, to...

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