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.
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.
We visited Geelong on our first day of Holiday in Victoria, around five in the afternoon when we went shopping at the Corio Shopping Centre to buy foods, and during the last day of our holiday. We discovered the beauty and magnetic charm of the Geoolong waterfront with its extensive artistry and makeover in and around the park. I was astonished at how they constructed the Cummingham Pier as a huge car park. It was full with cars when we were there. The waterfront is recorded as the main tourist attraction for the city.
Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia, 75 kilometres south-west of the state capital, Melbourne. It is the second most populated city in Victoria and the fifth most populated non-capital city in Australia.
Geelong has a rich history dating back from the gold rush in Ballarat, to its transition to a manufacturing hub up to its present transformation as a great city.
The scheduled closure of Ford’s Australian manufacturing base in 2016 was confirmed in late May 2013 and is considered as major set-back there whereby hundreds of workers will be losing their jobs, pretty bad.
Some tourists were also enjoying the beauty of the waterfront when we were here. We too, spent a couple of hours here and that made us unable to visit the city centre of Geelong because our next stop will be the city of Melbourne after which we’ll drive straight out to the airport for our scheduled flight back to Sydney. We would be glad to return here some other time to explore Geelong further.
We arrived at this place late afternoon during our second day of holiday. It was cloudy, windy and in any minute rain will fall. The car park was full of visitors; two police cars were visible at the entrance and were seen busy checking out incoming cars. Visitors are from all different nationalities but Indians were dominating the pack at that time.
The rock stacks were indeed stunning and captivating! You can see at the faces of visitors a sense of awe and amazement, and most of them taking snap shots at every possible angle, the rock stacks as a background to their photos. I rushed up photographing the iconic place from one sight to the other as the chances of rain was positive in a matter of minutes but people just ignore the coming rain and continued enjoying sightseeing and taking photos the easy way.
In geological aspect, the formation was created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland beginning 10-20 million years ago, the stormy Southern Ocean and blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs. The caves eventually became arches and when they collapsed rock stacks up to 45 metres high were left isolated from the shore. The 12 Apostles at sunrise and sunset are at their best beauty as they change colour from dark and foreboding in shadow to brilliant sandy yellow under a full sun.
Half an hour later after we’re there, rain started to pour down, but I can still see people going out there to take a look at them. I was already at the kiosk taking shelter at that time.
In a couple of minutes my other companions arrived. Rain prevented us from enjoying and staying a bit longer in this famous landmark and since we can’t do anything about it, we decided to drive back to Torquay.
Yes, this spectacular coastline is indeed awesome!
I would say that the place was completely developed including the construction of a Kiosk for travellers’ comfort and a huge car park, to which Australia receives recognition from foreign as well as local tourists as exemplified by the numbers of visitors it receives every day. You know, there are also rock stacks around the world of spectacular beauty such as these ones mentioned in this link, the Dorset coast in the south of England, small German island Heligoland, located in the north se, Black Sea in Russia, at easternmost island in the Galápagos archipelago, Borneo island of Malaysia, Cannon Beach in the state of Oregon, in Thailand, northern coast of the island of Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands, and in Scotland.
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.
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.
Lake Macquarie is the largest coastal salt water lake in the southern hemisphere twice as large as the Sydney harbour. It was named after Governor Lachlan Macquarie the 5th Governor of New South Wales. Last year we were here for a three day holiday and had camped out at the Wangi Wangi Lakeside Resort, a resort just fronting the lake and close to a conservation hilly area of dense flora and fauna.
Right after we fixed up our accommodation on our first day, my friend and I immediately explored the lakeside then up for a bush walk further up the thickly forested hill. It was on this bush walk that we discovered heaps of birds of different kids as well as trees and other plants that thrive there.
For two days, I got the chance to take photos, watch and go deep down the thickly forested hill on every early morning.
I used my long lens just to have good shots of them. I have to walk quietly and closely below every birds chirping on top of tree branches. The birds are wild and I had number of difficult times and chances getting close to them, they flew away once they felt you’re closing in and so obviously, most of the time I was impatient since that was my very first time engaging with birds of these kinds. I noticed too, that the birds keep chirping almost at the same time and the loudest before the sun rises.
If we stayed longer here I could have captured far better awesome photos than what I took. Yet, at the end of the day I liked it, I know this was an experience that I’ll never forget, lake side bird watching!
SUNRISE AT THE LAKE
I had an awesome chance of looking at the sun as it rises above the waters of the lake. It was on the second day that I was able to capture some photos, and mind you, I got several photos of this sort. On that day I really had to wake up early while all of my friends and my family were still asleep, packed up my camera/tripod and walked on to the lake side and there immediately set up my camera ready to capture the sun as it rises.
Some photos were taken at the lake side and some on an elevated position close to some trees and shrubs overlooking the lake. Before, it was my longing to take photos of these sorts and it became possible only when I had the ardent desire to travel far and wide.
During that three day holiday, we were able to visit the surrounding places of interests of Lake Macquarie such as the Catherine Beach, Myuna Bay, Speers Point Beach, Tea Tree Beach, and Palms Picnic and Circuit Track. We sweat out a lot because of the baking sun of summer when we were at the Tea Tree Beach and Palms Picnic area.
Recreational fishing, boating, kayaking and water skiing are all popular recreational activities on the lake. The popularity of kayaking is increasing. Sailing and yacht racing are also popular with the lake boasting many yacht clubs.
I like sea shells; they’re very nutritious and edible! We found these sea shells they call Pipis while we were holidaying north of Sydney in a bay called Myuna Bay in Lake Macquarie, New South Wales. We discovered them by accident when some of our guys found some of them buried in the shallow sandy bay while the kids were enjoying their bath.Then later at midday some girls, there were six of them, of Chinese descent came down and started scouring down the bay for these sea shells complete with buckets to fill on. So, we were convinced that there were heaps of sea shells in this bay. We too, gathered some more. In the fish market at Sydney, these sea shells are sold per kilo and are very expensive. But mind you, sea and marine life are protected by the government and there are limits to whatever catches taken out from their sanctuaries.