Blogs from Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mornington Peninsula » Cape Schank March 19th 2019

On day 21 I visited Cape Schanck Lighthouse. There was a short but lovely loop trail there that took you to a numb er of observation points. The trail also brought you to Pebble Beach (aptly named) where I walked along the beach for a while. Next on my agenda was the Bushrangers Track - a tough hike of km in total. Up and down, with plenty of steep portions. I beachcombed in Bushrangers Bay for a while then started the trip back. Most of my walks to date have been shorter as I felt this one after it was done. After a rest, I decided to take a drive and visit a few of the major beaches in the area. These included Gunnamatta Beach and St Andrews Beach. The former is a popular surf beach ... read more
Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mornington Peninsula March 18th 2019

Day 20 was a great day. Two fabulous walks - Farnsworth Track and CoppinsTrack; the former in Portsea, the latter near Sorrento. Both were relatively short, provided wonderful views of the beach and the scenic overlooks of the area. Interestingly, there was beach access from both. In fact, in the Farnsworth Track, you did a short coastal portion then returned via the beach. Both provided access to several interesting rock formations - London Bridge and the Sphinx. Of course, I took advantage of this access and explored both fully. Just love the volcanic rock littering the beaches. In all I spent three to four hours doing the walks and just roaming around these areas. Last stop was Rye Ocean Beach - a surf beach on the Bass Strait. Another good day littered with views of beaches, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mornington Peninsula April 9th 2018

Three weeks from departure and we are throwing items on the spare bed ready to pack - passports, a tube of Vegemite, coffee sachets, insurance documents, paper maps (don’t trust technology completely), new socks and other miscellanea. Suddenly it is close, after a year of planning and booking. Peter is doing serious research on the ancestors in Scotland and collecting his art supplies for the painting gig in France. I am working away editing my book in case by some miracle a publisher gets back to me before we leave. We are both in the garden most days in this glorious spell of classic Melbourne autumn - 20 degrees or so, sunshine, cool mornings and cold nights. I have culled my pot plants so that I can concentrate on how to protect the ones I really ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mornington Peninsula December 31st 2016

We were in no hurry to get going today as we knew we would have the whole day to spend at the Mornington Peninsula, but us being us, we were ready to leave by about 9:30. Our car is parked in valet parking at our hotel, so after getting that, we set up the GPS and hit the road onwards to Mornington Peninsula. When we left, neither of us had any idea what we wanted to do there, or where we wanted to go. Then, halfway there, Ashleigh remembered about a maze she had researched, so we put that into the GPS. This area of Victoria has many mazes, apparently, but I feel we picked the right one, as the others around are more targetted at families with small children. Ashcombe Mazes and Lavender Gardens is ... read more
Getting lost in the maze
Hole 1 of Boneo mini golf
Dead end of the maze

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mornington Peninsula August 23rd 2016

I'm guessing that my flanno jarmie pants and uggies can stay home..... the new friends I make during my trip can wait a while before I let the existence of these known.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mornington Peninsula August 21st 2016

Well, three weeks until I leave for what my daughter called my 'Fisher Price my first European adventure'...... it's more like 'my once in a lifetime experience'; but lets face it, every trip away should be that memorable. I got the bags out today, ironed stuff and watched youtube travel tip vids. (thanks Rick Steves and Hey Nadine). I don't think I have ever started packing this early. I looked up the fine print of my flights and , yes, my carry on bag conforms. I have been soaking in wisdom from experienced travellers, many thanks to them.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mornington Peninsula January 15th 2016

The morning after returning from Great Ocean Road we headed off to Mornington Peninsula, southeast of Melbourne, one of the winery regions in Australia. Again we took things slowly. We drove south along the coast, past splendid beach houses and gardens, and made a stopover in Rickett’s Point in Beaumaris, a café with a wonderful view of Port Phillip Bay. From there we continued onto the Peninsula. Mizzi had booked a bed and breakfast not far from Red Hill, where many of the famous wineries are. We checked in and then drove to Red Hill Estate to have lunch at the famous Red Hill Estate. We had lunch a famous Max’s Restaurant on Red Hill Estate, a restaurant that has great food and offers a fantastic view across vineyards down onto Port Phillip Bay. The food ... read more
Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Garden I
Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Garden

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mornington Peninsula March 30th 2015

Sunday 22nd March 2015 Today we drove the 80kms or so north to Richard & Carol’s place in Donvale for lunch. Carol is a good friend of Judy’s, they met in Perth when they were both having children and were close friends until Carole moved to Melbourne for her husband's job. We stayed with them on a previous trip and enjoyed catching up with them. After lunch we went for a drive in the Dandenongs which was along winding roads with lots of Sunday drivers. We had a coffee overlooking Melbourne, although it wasn’t a very clear view due to the smog and smoke below. A bit of window shopping followed in the nearby village, Olinda, before we returned to where we dropped them off and headed back to Somerville. Back in Somerville, John had ... read more
The new van.
Carmel & David's home
Carmel & David's kitchen

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mornington Peninsula February 28th 2015

Tuesday 24th February – Saturday 28th February By early afternoon we arrived in Somerville, on the Mornington Peninsula, where we re-united with John and Marilyn at their home. We first met them nearly 4 years ago in Queensland when they also were touring in their caravan. A couple of years ago we saw them again in W.A. and we explored Albany, Hyden and Kalgoorlie with them. They made us feel very much at home, insisting we move out of the van into a bedroom in the house which they had prepared for us. During our stay with them we were able to wash our dirty clothing, wash the car and caravan, and generally relax with them. One day we spent being driven around Mornington Peninsula where Judy and Rags were able to relive the time they ... read more
Caravans are very modern inside!
Thai Dinner
Arthur's Seat

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mornington Peninsula April 9th 2013

A few weeks into our Australian experience and we haven't made it past Victoria. Distracted by the mostly nice weather (we've gotten a bit fussy now), local vineyards and never ending beaches we forgot our plans for finding work (ok, our memories not that bad) and instead had a great holiday! After all, we couldn't leave Victoria without seeing a koala. Luckily for our friends (who we were meant to stay with for only a few days), we spotted our first koala a few days ago in a tree by the road - a missed photo opportunity unfortunately. Local pubs sit in every town with green surrounding gardens and live music playing. Driving between the towns, there are a number of vineyards each with their own restaurant and wine tasting. Living with a local, our time ... read more
Bike Ride
Local Beer

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