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Oct 27, 2017 - Old Dadswell Town to Portland

This morning was quite chilly, however clear blue skies overhead with a top of about 23 degrees - bring it on!!! We left our accommodation by 9.00am and went back to the Giant Koala for breakfast. Lovely pic of the three of us there, toast for breakfast before heading onto Halls Gap to start our trip down the Grampians. However whilst eating breakfast Janet read the story on how Dadswells Bridge got it's name (as we were intrigued as there was no actual bridge there). Well it appears that in 1865 Thomas Dadswell designed a bridge to go over...

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Oct 17, 2017 - Mind the Curve!

So it would appear that there are plenty of Koalas in Portland, one was spotted walking across the road in front of the tram stop and then today the gripman dropped the cable near Fawthrop Lagoon and there were 3 in the trees there, might be the time for them to have a bit of nookie because they normally don’t wander around on the ground. I can understand why they were asleep too it was another hot day but clouding over now in readiness to rain when we are packing up. We caught the 10:28 tram this morning up to the lookout then back...

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Oct 17, 2017 - Nirvana, there's a cable tram stop at the gate.

Ok… if you thought the Gibb river road was rough think again. The Henty Highway is absolutely ripped to shreds by logging trucks. Strewth it’s a mess.. Stopped in Hamilton to have a snack and a brake from dodging pot holes. But we made it to Portland in one piece and have discovered the Portland Bay Holiday park to be really very good, lovely spacious sites and what’s most important is that the Cable Tram stops just outside. NRMA members get 10% off, no doubt when I renew my membership they will tell me how much I saved.. We had a bit of a...

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Apr 2, 2017 - April 2, 2017 – Portland, Victoria, Australia

April 2, 2017 – Portland, Victoria, Australia We had a great day today. When we got off the ship, it looked like everyone in town was there to greet us. They had all kinds of volunteers who did everything in their power to make us feel welcome. This was the friendliest welcome we’ve had on this trip. The 1st thing we did was ride the tram around town. It was a narrated tour which pointed out some of the sights to see and told us a bit about the history of the town. The neat thing about the tram ride was the homemade afghans which were...

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Jan 3, 2017 - Mt Gambier to Macarthur

We crossed the border into Victoria about 30k from Mt Gambier just outside the township of Nelson. We had a short walk beside the Glenelg River in Nelson and thought about stopping for a cup of coffee. However, as it was really windy and not pleasant enough to sit beside the river, we continued toward Portland. We stopped firstly at the Information Centre to pick up a couple of maps, then drove up to the picnic grounds above the beach. However, the wind was now blowing a gale, so we had a quick cup of coffee and sandwich in the van and...

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Jan 7, 2015 - Portland, Victoria

We stayed in Adelaide a couple days after Jonnie left. The final day there we became aware that the air was smoke-filled and we could see smoke clouds gathering northeast of the city. As we headed out of Windsor Gardens, a huge cloud of smoke appeared ahead of us, and we wondered what we were in for. Fortunately, about the time our cell phone provided us with an “emergency warning” of a bushfire in the area, the highway on which we were driving turned further southeast, avoiding the fire area. We stopped that night in a little town called...

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Dec 13, 2014 - The Great Ocean Road to Portland, Australia

The Great Ocean Road continues on along stunning views of the Southern Ocean, my fifth and final ocean! The views are stunning, from the classic Twelve Apostles, to the lesser known Loch Ard Gorge, home of a famous shipwreck. The best story takes place on London Bridge, where a couple secretly met for a rendevous and then got stranded when a chunk fell off of the rock. They needed to be airlifted out and the jig was up! We reach the western end of our travels at, fittingly, Portland Australia. I think I could be quite happy here!

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Feb 8, 2012 - A cooler weekend at Portland walking parts of the Great South West Walk

We have had a lovely weekend here in Portland and it has been quite nice to snuggle down under a douvet on a night when the temperature has been in single figures and in the day it has only been in the upper teens to low twenties so has been perfect for walking. The scenery and particularly the coastline is dominated by volcanic activity which occured 30000 yrs ago and there is an awesome walk round the coastline of the two Capes (Cape Nelson and Cape Bridgewater) and their bays.This is part of the Great South West Walk. We drove to...

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Feb 6, 2012 - Fantastic scenery along the Great Ocean Road

After a wild stormy night with some short power cuts we awoke to sunshine again which was perfect for our trip along the coast west of Otway peninsula past the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge to Martyrs bay of islands. Eventually we left the last lookout over the Ocean and left the Great Ocean Road to travel along the Princess highway to Portland. On the way just before Port Fairy we visited Tower Hill State Game reserve which is a geological oddity formed by volcanic activity. Molten lava encountered water-bearing rock 32,000 years ago causing...

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Dec 18, 2011 - 90th Birthday inPortalnd

A great weekend at Portland with family & friends. Mum had a great day with everyone being there. She was a bit overwhelmed at times and got to meet lots of new friends every half hour! Stop it Glenn!!!!!!! Really mum is fit and well. Mum is pretty switched on 'in the moment' & enjoys a good conversation & laugh. Who wouldn't though watching Barb & other family members leading the 'sing a long' karaoke. It's amazing what they put in a cup of tea these days! It was terric seeing Brett's & Rochelle's kids and Lach & Marg(Glenn's nephew &...

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LSL 2011 g&b

Sep 27, 2011 - Aus - Day 145 - Goodbye South Australia

Woke up this morning at our camping spot right next to an extinct volcano named Mount Schank. This volcano last erupted about 5000 years ago and has retained much of the classic volcano shape you would expect to see. We hiked up to the top for an outstanding view of the surrounding plains and ocean. The inside of the volcano cauldron was filled with green vegetation and quite the sight to see. From here, we made our way to the town of Port MacDonnell, where we had a peak at Dingley Dell, which is the small home where the famous poet Adam...

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Sep 26, 2011 - Day One - Heathmont VIC to Portland VIC

9:54 and we were leaving Heathmont and our lives as we knew it. We can now say we are officially homeless and jobless!! With both Elissa and Bridget still suffering from a headcold, Jameson mighty confused and Ben rushing around finalising last minute things it was a fantastic feeling to finally hit the road to achieve this dream yet it still doesnt feel quite real. We had a good first day drive, travelling the quickest route to Portland as most of this distance had been done before. With a couple of stops along the way for both kids, we...

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