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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Portland March 12th 2019

Today I am en route to the Cape Nelson Lighthouse just past Portland. First stop was a scenic lookout - The Crags with the rocks and ocean waves in full force. The lighthouse will be a unique experience for me as I am staying two days at the Caretakers Cottage on the grounds. On the way one passes a scenic route with a number of lookouts. I stopped of course to have a look at most - rugged coastlines this part of the world. The route takes you direct to the lighthouse so upon arrival I walked around a bit and viewed the coastline - rugged with the ocean not in a good mood. I then tried one of the walks in the area - Sea Cliff Nature Walk. Perhaps about three km in length, it ... read more
The Crags
The Crags
The Crags

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Portland April 19th 2018

From Warrnambool we travelled to Port Fairy a small, but lovely fishing village. We stopped and enjoyed the boats in the harbour including the Squid boats. We started looking for campsites and looked one up called Sawtell Reserve. So headed in that direction not knowing if it was going to be available or not. It got too late. So we stopped at a wayside stop for the night. I organized a time to meet up with a bloke in Portland to show us the Gannets. Next morning we met and told us there was a great spot for camping at Sawtell reserve. Thanks mate. Brian took us out to Point Danger Gannet Colony and even let us get within 20 ft of them. He had plenty of great information on the Gannets and the surrounding area. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Portland April 7th 2018

An early start today for Warrnambool parkrun round the beautiful Lake Pertobe. As I run I can see pelicans and spoonbills on the lake. I consider stopping to take a photo but I can see the old man just ahead of me and can imagine how smug he’ll be if his time is significantly faster than mine. After the run, we wander along Warrnambool seafront before starting our day’s drive along the coastal Princes Highway. Our first stop is Tower Hill; a park which offers nature walks. We don’t see any of the animals shown on the info panels, despite getting a crick in my neck looking in the trees for koalas. However it’s a different story when we return to the car park and find an emu in picnic area. He looks a bit fierce ... read more
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Pelicans on Lake Pertobe
Emu in the picnic area

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Portland December 1st 2017

Waking to the songs of the bush birds, was the perfect avian alarm clock. As we were packing up, we could feel the warmth of the day getting up, so good to see blue sky sun after 5 days of cloudy rain. Setting off with another welcome tailwind behind, us under the warm autumnal shiny thing in the sky. it was one of those perfect days on planet Earth. We were up on our way, on the open road and there was magik at our fingers, the day was bristling with beautiful energy. It was a very pleasant 15 ks, of back roads before we re-joined "Highway One" at Mount Richmond. An extinct volcano for an incredible 2 million years, Mount Richmond Volcano has been covered in sand, blown from Discovery Bay for millennia, so there ... read more
Deserted farm house near Mt. Richmond
Mount Richmond
Nelson caravan park

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Portland November 24th 2017

It was late arvo, when Colin and I agreed to ease back into this serious riding business. With a head full of festival music and good times and a belly full of festival food and a lot of beer, we set our sights on Yambuk Lake, 30 ks from here. We were setting up our tents under some large Cypress pines overlooking the lake, when the dude caretaker strolled over for his cash. Of course we blew all our cash at the festival, no banks open on Sunday. We pleaded our case, he took great pity upon these weary travellers and gave us a freebie camp. After a quick fireside dinner, we produced our wooden musical things and played delightfully under the big moon, until the cold night air got the better of us. Sunrise, refreshed ... read more
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Camp at Yambuk Lakes
Big climb out of Bridgewater

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Portland June 16th 2016

Yesterday we had the most fantastic weather. Just a beautiful day. We had camped at Hynes Reserve. A good cheap camp with power and showers( the hot water did not work) We booked for 2 nights as a base for the Grampions. Set out the morning north and then east through a gap in the mountains and over a saddle to Halls Gap. Stopped on the way at a lookout point - Reeds Point - and took some wonderful photos looking down on the basin between the ranges. Quite spectacular. We moved on to Halls Gap and had out sandwich lunch there before doubling back about 10km to turn north to a lookout point we had missed. The photo of Liesel and I is taken from there. Very high up looking down on the valley. Amazing ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Portland May 5th 2014

Hi blog followers. As normal, we have now moved on and spent a couple of days at Warrnambool before now spending a couple of more days at Portland. I must admit we didn't get to see a lot at Warrnambool as the weather was atrocious. I.e. It was blowing a gale and bucketing down rain. It definitely got the van rocking and after two days we decided enough was enough and headed for Portland. By the time we arrived and set up camp, the weather was in total contrast with blue skies, the sun shining and "no wind". We are becoming experts at working out what direction the van needs to be set up to get the early sun and avoid the winds etc. We stopped in at Port Fairy on the way and have marked ... read more
Cape Bridgewater and the seals at play
The Petrified Forest
Cape Nelson Lighthouse

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Portland April 3rd 2013

Wednesday 4th. This morning we drove back to Portland early to top up on groceries, medicines and a few bits and bobs. The list did get a little extended though. With being away from mains power, we were finding that the rechargeable batteries in the Canon cameras were being stretched. Much of the photography has some degree of zoom, fill in flash etc. None of the camera shops we visited had the batteries for the SX 40 and 50 cameras. Jacar said they had a universal charger that not only did standard nicads, but had a universal contact bar that did the job - very clever adjustable pins and a slide that locked the battery in place. Great idea, but it didn't work. They did have a low wattage inverter for about the same price. It ... read more
Wild seas at Nelson Bay
The Cable Tram approaching Depot Station
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Portland January 8th 2013

Portland We left Robe and took the inland road to Portland. The roads are reasonably good in Australia so far and we were making good time but didn't want to make any stops as we had left Robe quite late. We also forgot there is a time difference between South Australia and Victoria its only half an hour but that could be the difference between shops open or closed. We arrived in Mt.Gambier and checked into the tourist office on the road conditions. There was a bush fire by the coast so the road was blocked off and we had to take the inland Princes Highway. Along the route we started to smell woodsmoke and the sky began to darken quite heavily for at least four kilometres. In the distance we noticed that the skies were ... read more
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Portland
Bush fire

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Portland March 12th 2011

I thort i would do up a gear check list for people if they wanted to know the gear i have. To me it seems good so far but its seems to change all the time but this will give you a rough idea. I do have room for more stuff but less is better. 1- Surley long haul trucker. Wheels 26*1.5 (Speedo as well) 2- 750ml water bottle holders 4- Ortlieb Panniers (roller clasic) 1- Handle bar bad 1- Tubus cargo rack 1- Tubs duo racks 1- Tent (light weight 1.200kgs 1- Sleeping bag (-5degs .600grms 1-Day Pack 7lt 1- Bike shorts 1- Rideing shirt 1- Shorts 2- Pants 1- Tshirt 1- Thermial Shirt 1- Therimal long jons 3- Jocks and socks 1- Benie 1- Gloves 1- Sunglass (witch i always seem to losse of ... read more
The gear




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