Lorne Pier, Victoria
Lorne Pier is another stunning beach front for swimmers and fishermen alike in Victoria. We had a brief stopover in this place when we travelled down the Great Ocean Road. Actually, it isn’t an ordinary pier and as the buildings up the road implied visitors come here most often to enjoy the place with complete eatery and lodges to complement their travels, most notable are the Grand pacific Hotel and Lorne Hotel.
Grand Pacific Hotel at the background.
The Grand Pacific Hotel
Pier fishing is popular in Lorne Pier as well as salmon, silver trevally, garfish, squid, pinkies or barracouta. As we have seen when we arrived here, some anglers enjoyed their day fishing down the alley walls of the pier. The weather was good, sunny, and not too windy.
Lorne Pier, Victoria
St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne
When we visited the Enchanted Maze Garden at the Mornington Peninsula we passed by the city of Melbourne but this time we’ll be looking at the city centre for the duration of a couple of hours and so we targeted to visit the Yarra River and the Federation Square.
Yarra River, Melbourne
It was my first time to visit Melbourne and I was ecstatic at how it looks like compared to Sydney. Just like Sydney, car park is very limited; the demand is absolutely of paramount significance to the city’s growing business and life. To this effect, we had a hard time looking for one, and then the same thing happened to us when we’re getting out of the city, chaotic traffic even on arterial streets.
I had the first impression of a filthy, murky Yarra River, walkways full of dried fallen leaves of tall trees along the river banks, busy streets but have an awesome cityscape, tall and huge buildings especially at the Federation Square. The Federation Square has an aura of mixed cultures including aborigines as there were fire woods left burning at the middle of the park, significantly representing the red centre of Australia and Aboriginal cultures. I was imagining an awesome Yarra River because it’s one of the major attractions in Melbourne, but it’s the contrary. Yes, Tramline is one of the major public transports visible in the city.
At the Federation Square
We had also the chance to see Melbourne’s Aquarium, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Victoria University at Collins Street, including the Albert’s Park. There’s a lot more to explore here and a two hour stay is not enough. So to make good of our valuable time left here, I took as much photos as I can. It’s nice to be here anyway!
As they say, Melbourne is often referred to as the “cultural capital of Australia.” It has a rich history too, and has great significance and interest to travellers and holiday makers. In November 2008, it was announced that the Victorian Major Events Company had informed the Australian Olympic Committee that Melbourne was considering making bids for either the 2024 or 2028 Summer Olympics.
Collins Street, Melbourne
We hit this road when we travelled up to the place where the 12 Apostles are, just right after we finished our tour of the Fairy Park at Anakie, and that was after lunch time. The Great Ocean Road, which starts at Torquay and travels 243 kilometres westward to finish at Allansford near Warrnambool, the largest city along the road. The road is two lanes (one in each direction), with the majority covered by an 80 kilometre per hour speed limit.
The Great Ocean Road
It is a winding road, and is considered a tourist attraction in the area, in which much of the road hugs coastline affectionately known as the Surf Coast between Torquay and Cape Otway and the Shipwreck Coast further west of Cape Otway, providing visibility of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. The road traverses rainforests, as well as beaches and cliffs composed of limestone and sandstone, which is susceptible to erosion. The road travels via Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay, and Port Campbell, where we stopped for the 12 Apostles.
Apollo Bay is another beautiful and stunning place to stay and experience or feel the air of the sea as well as the surrounding mountains. I had some photos of the bay, too. We also had a brief stop at the Koala Cove Café, in Kenet River for snacks and rest that was around three in the afternoon.
Then another stop at the Gibsons Steps where I took some stunning seascape photos of the area below the road, at sea level. This is another lovely coastal attraction along the road, not far from the Port Campbell National Park.
During the last Federal election campaigning, the issue of upgrading or improving this road was touched, by a political party but then, I reckon there wasn’t any seriousness attached to their words, but we’ll watch and see after a couple of years or so for any developments. There will be more business along the road, more traffic; more tourists will be travelling here if the condition of the road will be completely upgraded.