Point Danger is on a promontory just south of Portland, Victoria.
Just off the coast is an island that hosts a gannet rookery. It’s not accessible to the public, but you can go down to the coastline and watch them flying just beyond the fence.
The shore itself is fenced off so that the birds remain undisturbed by visitors. There are better places from which to take photos of the birds and the island, but I wasn’t able to access them on this visit because of mobility issues: I’m on crutches!
You can also turn off the road to the rookery to visit Crumpets Beach. This is a beautiful spot that lies almost at the end of a fairly rugged track that you would only attempt in a 4-wheel-drive or on foot.
Once the track has negotiated some tight bends and bumpy stretches, all the while going fairly steeply downhill, it levels out to run along the beach toward the headland.
This magnificent scenery all lies within fifteen minutes’ drive of Portland, on the south-west coast of Victoria, Australia, which is actually one of the oldest cities in the state. It has some lovely old buildings, a very active deep-harbour international sea port, and is very popular with fishermen and holidaymakers.
The locals are very friendly when there’s food about!
One of many rugged escarpments.
Overlooking Lake Wartook from the road from Halls Gap to Mackenzie Falls.
Trees regenerating after devastating bushfires.
Breathtaking scenery in every direction.
Living on the south-western coast of Victoria means we get some pretty rugged weather off the Southern Ocean.
But when the storm passes and the sunlight hits the sea, the peacefulness really is beautiful.
Late afternoon sunshine begins to break through the clouds at Stingray Bay, Warrnambool.
Late afternoon sunshine on calmer waters at Stingray Bay, Warrnambool.
Sunshine through the clouds reflecting on the Hopkins River near its mouth at Warrnambool.
I don’t know about you, but I love a stormy sky and the different qualities it brings to the landscape.
Mt Leura is relatively small for a ‘mountain’, but it does afford a spectacular view of the “lakes and craters” landscape of this dormant volcanic region.
Looking north – the rain is coming!
Looking east, over Lake Corangamite toward Colac.
Mt Sugarloaf – a perfectly conical formation nestled beside Mt Leura.
This is one of my favourite spots on the river for thinking, writing, or enjoying a cup of coffee before work.
A good morning for reflection!
The cutest little boat!
Pelicans often enjoy the protection of this quiet stretch of the river.
The river meanders down to the coast where it meets the Southern Ocean at Logan’s Beach.
Near the river mouth and shore, the Hopkins has a wide beach of its own.
The Prime Ministers Walk features busts of all of Australia’s past Prime Ministers in a beautiful garden setting within Ballarat’s Botanical Gardens.
In the interests of fairness, only one from each ‘side’ of politics is included here.
I love places that challenge the popular stereotypes that many people hold about Australia – the beach, the desert, the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and Uluru.
Weeaproinah is one of the wettest places in the state of Victoria. Although it’s very close to the coast, this locality at the end of the Otway Ranges boasts magnificent mountain ash rainforest that contrasts lush green foliage with tall, straight tree trunks. Birds and wildlife abound.
The Otway Fly is a treetop walk and/or zipline adventure through the forest, taking advantage of different levels and heights, and allowing visitors to experience different aspects of the Australian bush.
Notice the tiny rainbow on the horizon?