Winter on Mentone Beach, Melbourne
Petone Beach a popular place a the weekends and a great dog walking beach
Rimutaka Hill – can be a treacherous drive at times especially in bad weather
my drive over was plagued by heavy rain and mist. this hill connects the city and the Hutt
Valley with the Wairarapa
Evans Bay ,Wellington
Oriental Bay ,Wellington
Fort Nepean contains a number of fortifications built from the 1880′s through to the World War 1 and World War 2. Displays and audiovisuals are located in different areas around the park and tell the story of how strategic this area was in the defense of Australia. The quarantine station is also situated in the park and I have added photos of this under a different post.
A recent visit to Tooradin turned up and absolute gem -
The Edwina May was owned by Willaim Maxwell Curtain, who was restoring this ship near the Tooradin airport, he could not find any other suitable place to work on her.
He managed to add a 6 meter section, in the middle to make her longer, then tragically his son who helped him with building boats was killed while on board another of their boats the Darwin Princess in cyclone Tracey December 25 1974. His body was never found. Max never finished the restoration and here it lies still, in the mangroves.
Legend has it that people driving past have often thought they have seen someone on board.
The quarantine station at Point Nepean established in the early 1850′s housed many passengers affected by yellow fever.
The ‘Ticonderga’ left England eighty days before arriving at Point Nepean, with eight hundred and eleven people on board. Because of the lack of the most necessary amenities and over crowding, fever developed amongst the passengers, resulting in 96 deaths during the voyage.
On her arrival at Portsea on November 6th 1852, the survivors were quarantined, their numbers being so great that tents had to be erected to provide accommodation. Here a further 82 of the ships passengers died.
Labour to dig the graves was also unavailable, and the bodies were placed vertical in recesses in the cliff face and the overhanging bank was then broken away, the resulting landslide burying them.
Many of the present building of the Point Nepean Quarantine Station were begun in 1856. The quarantine station is now a national park, where visitors can visit the Point Nepean Fort and the Quarantine Station Museum.
Polly Woodside was launched in 1885 in Belfast, Ireland. The owner was William Woodside, a Belfast ship owner, the ship was named after his wife who was affectionately known as ” Polly”.
Between 1885 and 1904 the ship made 17 trips to several destinations all over the world, including South Africa the US, and Australia, and rounded the Cape Horn 16 times, which was a feat in its self .
She was sold to a New Zealand firm in 1904 and renamed Rona and sailed mainly between Australia and New Zealand. Eventually moved to Melbourne to be used as a coal lighter.
In 1943 the Rona was temporarily requisitioned by the Royal Australian Navy and towed to New Guinea waters for use as a refueling barge for naval ships.
The ship was returned to Melbourne after the Second World War, and for the next 20 years was used for supplying coal to other ships.
The ship, now in dry dock in Melbourne, lovingly restored and open to the public as a museum
Corinella – settled in 1826, was the birthplace of Victoria. – A town in Victoria’s Gippsland region, a large rural district, which begins on the Bass Highway then continues round the coast line from Queens Ferry road. The Coastal views are amazing, the township is often overlooked as people just head on down to Phillip Island looking for a coastal haven and don’t realize they have just driven past this fantastic little coastal town in the Western Port region.
Below the French Island barge transports vehicles form French Island to the Corinella port, here a visitor drives of the barge or does he ?
Out and about with fellow photographers Caroline Gorka and Jim Worrell. A shoot that included Grantville, Tenby Point and Corinella. Most of these shots were achieved using a ND 400 for most of the time and occasionally using an ND8 as well on some shots.
About an hour and a half from Melbourne, Flinders is located on the Mornington Peninsula, looking out over Western Port Bay. It offers a rugged coastline of cliffs and ocean beaches which look out on to Bass Strait. Some excellent photographic opportunity’s to be had there, including some wildlife ,seabirds in particular.
Flinders is a popular holiday destination due to its scenic coastal location. They have managed to preserve the area’s natural beauty and scenic views. There are a number of historical buildings that exist within the town, along with several antique shops, the Flinders Fine Art Gallery and the popular Flinders Bakehouse Cafe.
The pier pictured below is a bit over a hundred meters long and a popular fishing spot so watch out for the fishing lines. There are plans now to redevelop this pier and the construction of the new pier has already begun along side the old one