My first intention was to get to the lighthouse to watch the sunset, but I was late and unfortunately I missed it as the lighthouse was closed (I think that you also have to pay for admission to view)From the outside it is impossible to get a good view of the coast. I was out of luck for my first goal, but this all changed as I caught sight of my first kangaroo hopping down the road and into the surrounding, koala infested forests.
Built in 1859 by Scots, on the Isle of Rabbits (an island that has now been absorbed by Griffiths island), is a historic lighthouse in southern Australia. Port Fairy is important historically as the port where the most migrants entered the region of Victoria. It was also an important whaling port.
Regarded as the capital of the famous Great Ocean Road, is a nice town with lovely beaches and cliffs, there are many ways to arrive, in my case it was by train from Melbourne in Warrambool started my visit to the Great Ocean Road in buses V local company line, if you have a car there are more advantages, but you can get here by train, the town has parks and places to relax. It´s a popular place for tourism.
Melbourne's Botanical Gardens are one of the city's main attractions. Not far from the central business district, they can be reached easily on foot or by public transport. The Botanical Gardens cover an area of 36 hectares, and are filled with native vegetation. The best time to visit is in spring or summer, when all the plants are in full bloom, but it continues to be popular during the short winter season - it has over one million visitors annually. The gardens are divided into different sections, including the Rose Garden and Herb Garden. Admission is free, and the doors open at 7:30am and close at sunset. A great place to go for a picnic.
Located halfway between Hamilton and Portland, an old volcanic eruption led to the creation of this national park. The center crater of this park is the result of that explosion, and, over time, it has been filled with water, which eventually became Surprise Lake.
There are two main walking routes within the park: one around the lake, and another that runs along the top of the crater. In one morning you can walk both of the routes.
In the city of Melbourne is a park and in it an old house that was brought from England. It was built in 1755 and was a dream come true for James and Grace Cook (actually his initials are engraved on the front door). It was located in Yorkshire and no one suspected then that centuries later it would end up in Australia. One of the children of this couple was James Cook, the famous British sailor, who at age 26 joined the Royal Navy for 16 years. He became a captain and renowned explorer. In 1933 the birthplace of James Cook went up for sale and when this news reached Australia some history lovers bought it and brought it to Melbourne to celebrate the holidays and the 1934 Centennial. The Russell Grimwade house was bought for 800 pounds and was given to the people of Victoria. The building was carefully dismantled then rebuilt in Fitzroy Gardens, brick by brick, in 253 pieces in 40 barrels. Today it is a symbol of Melbourne, it appears in many postcards and is surrounded by a beautiful park full of flowers and plants.
Located halfway between the cities of Torquay and Lorne, Split Point Lighthouse is one of the most striking images of the Great Ocean Road, and one of the most recommended places to stop. The lighthouse imposes itself on a particularly rough area of the coast of Victoria, and its white structure stands out spectacularly against the blue skies of southern Australia. Split Point Lighthouse is known affectionately as "The White Queen".
Since going to Apollo Bay I've also been to Lorne, and I considered it to be the busiest for Australian tourism in the state of Victoria. It's a pleasant holiday village, with a huge beach in a parkland, making it a typical local family tourism enclave. You can also do some hiking to see the waterfalls
Torquay is well-known place among the surfing crowd, and is home to the world championships in April. One of the world's most famous places for waves, Bells Beach, is in the area. It's a resort on the coast of Victoria, enjoying fantastic beaches, and is a mecca for many surfers from around the globe.
Known for its breathtaking rocky landscape and declared a national park in 1984, this is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Victoria. The easiest thing to do is tour the park by the road which divides it in two. Besides that car ride, people can hike, have a picnic, try rock-climbing, mountain biking and fishing. Halls Gap is the town with the most service, located in the east of the park.
This museum a must if you are in Melbourne. It shows the evolution of the people immigrating to Australia from the very first migrations to the present. It is very informative and you can view photos, notes and see inside the compartments of the boat in which the People coming from Europe and Asia stayed. I could see the museum tomorrow afternoon and stop by the Spanish Club, Spanish home, where I could contrast the stories of the museum with names of Spanish compatriots. You must pay to enter.
This museum is dedicated to the Surf Capital of Australia, and here in Torquay the Rip Curl brand was born. The museum is in the same place as the Torquay Tourist Office, it is friendly, fun and it is a great museum dedicated to surfing, as much about the sport as the culture and business. The museum also projects videos and you can see the evolution from the beaches of Hawaii in the beginning to what we have in the world today.
If you want to shop and have everything around you then this mall is for you. It's outdoors and full of trendy shops and eateries. Please note it closes at 17:30, just like the vast majority of businesses in the city. It can be reached by tram or by the free tourist bus that the city offers you.
Melbourne CBD, Victoria, Australia, April 2009. This is a very European city, which can get very sunny, but is very cold at this time of year (early winter). Beautiful architecture, carriages, and trams ... In addition, you can take a ride on an old steam train!
The "Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle" is a modern and free bus that runs through the city of Melbourne showing you the highlights of the city. The driver livens up ride with his own comments which are often funny, if you come to understand his Australian accent. Highly recommended, the full tour lasts about an hour and a half. It is perfect for when you're tired.
It appears that the penguins along the coast made their dens in caves, hidden in the bushes and scattered on the ground from the coast to a few meters inland. During the day they go down to the beach and into the ocean to fish and return at dusk to feed their young. They put on some steps and got some raincoats. Photographing them were prohibited as to avoid blinding these birds with flashes. This was forbidden to everyone except for the Japanese, ve either did not understand the message or did not care. When the sun was setting the first groups arrived. Rhythmicly they walked into the bush, disappearing onto the plain. So did several groups. Then we visited the small exhibition, within the enclosure, about these animals and their life in this place.
If you come to Melbourne looking for a place to eat and it's a good day, you'll have plenty of options, including a large number of takeaways with different cuisines. It's nice to take your food and head to the space between Collins and Swanston Street, where you can eat lunch with the locals in a nice, cozy place. The trunks of trees covered with wool are the work of a local artist - a charming effect!