Otway Fly

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.

 

 

Lake Bullen Merri, Naroghid, Victoria.

Lake Bullen Merri is a crater lake just south of Camperdown, Victoria.

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You can drive all the way around the lake on local roads, but it is only the southern shore of the lake that is accessible to visitors. It’s popular for picnics, water skiing and boating.

As the sun sets, the hills that surround the lake take on a golden glow, most distinctive in summer and autumn when the grass is dry.

 

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The area is renowned for lakes that have formed in the craters of dormant volcanoes. From the northern ridge of Lake Bullen Merri, you can also see Lake Gnotuk just a little further north, nestled in farmland just south of the township of Camperdown.

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Echuca, Victoria

Echuca sits on the Murray River which forms the natural border between Victoria and New South Wales. In its heyday, it was the busiest port in Australia, shipping wool, cotton, timber, wheat and supplies all over the inland regions of three states, until rail took over as the main form of transporting goods because it was faster and more flexible in terms of routes and destinations.

Now, a visit to the Port of Echuca is generally for the purposes of tourism and recreation.

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The river has been known to flood to quite epic heights in the past. The markers on these trees give some indication.

 

The Clydesdales are always a highlight for me. I love these gentle giants, and they’re so photogenic!

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Houseboat holidays are enormously popular here. It’s a great way to explore the river and leave the rest of the world behind.

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