Dingos – Mt Macedon – Hanging Rock

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Our last full day in Australia Sept. 15th  We visited at Dingo Discovery Centre before going to Mt. Macedon for lunch and driving by Hanging Rock on our way back to Mary and Eddy’s home in South Gippsland Victoria.

http://www.dingofoundation.org.au/sanctuary.php     The sanctuary is a unique conservation establishment set on 40 acres in the picturesque foothills of the Macedon Ranges. It is situated only 35 minutes from the CBD to Melbourne’s north­east, in the Shire of Melton, abutting the Pyrete State Forest, and only 30 minutes from Melbourne Airport

From Wikipedia

Mount Macedon /mnt ˈmæsədən/[2] is a small town 64 kilometres (40 mi) north-west of Melbourne in the Australian state of Victoria. The town is located on below the mountain of the same name, which rises to 1,001 metres (3,284 ft) AHD.[3] At the 2011 census, Mount Macedon had a population of 1,321.[1] Mount Macedon is best known for its collection of 19th-century gardens and associated extravagant large homes which is considered to be one of the most important such collections in Australia.

Hanging Rock (formally known as Mount Diogenes), in central VictoriaAustralia, is a distinctive geological formation, 718m above sea level (105m above plain level) on the plain between the two small townships of Newham and Hesket, approximately 70 km north-west of Melbourne and a few kilometres north of Mount Macedon, a former volcano. Best known as the site where a party of schoolgirls disappeared in February 1900 in the fictional story Picnic at Hanging Rock, Hanging Rock is located within the Wurundjeri nation’s territory.

Great Ocean Road – Day Two – Apostles and More

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Sept 12th  We spent two nights in Port Campbell with friends Mark, Judi, Mary and Eddy.

From Wikipedia:

Tourist attractions in the area include The Twelve Apostles, the London Arch (formerly London Bridge), Loch Ard Gorge, the Gibson Steps, and The Grotto.

 

Great Ocean Road – Day One

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Sept. 11th – We started the Great Ocean Rd in Torquay and we drove by world class surf beaches such as Bells Beach.  We finished the day at Port Campbell.

From Wikipedia:

The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 kilometres (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world’s largest war memorial. Winding through varying terrain along the coast and providing access to several prominent landmarks, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations, the road is an important tourist attraction in the region.

 

Healesville Sanctuary – Victoria

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Sept 9th – After visiting the Rickets Sanctuay we drove the Healsville.

Wikipedia: Healesville Sanctuary, or the Sir Colin MacKenzie Fauna Park, is a zoo specializing in native Australian animals. It is located at Healesville in rural Victoria, Australia, and has a history of breeding native animals.

William Rickets Sanctuary

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Sept. 9th  We traveled to Mount Dandenong about an hour outside of Melbourne to visit the Rickets Sanctuary.  It was raining and quite windy and we were the only visitors that day.

(Wikipedia)

William Ricketts (1898–1993) was an Australian potter and sculptor of the arts and crafts movement.

Born in Richmond, Victoria, in 1898, William settled permanently in Mount Dandenong, Victoria, in 1934. Although not trained as a potter and never technically superior (his works, large and small, frequently exhibit cracking), the power of his vision of a modern Australia that embraces Aboriginal spirituality and respect for the natural world was his general message throughout his artworks.

Melbourne Australia

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We arrived in Melbourne on Sept. 7th and stayed in the city until Sept 10th.  We visited with friends and had a city bus tour one day. The bus tour included driving through Albert Park site of the Australian F1 race.  They put barriers on the road to prevent daily drivers from speeding. There is much more to Melbourne that what is shown in the images below.

Australian Rules Football

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On Sept. 6th we traveled back from Hawks Nest and attended at Australian Rules Football game.  It was the beginning of the play offs and the game was in the 2000 Olympic stadium.  Sydney played Perth and won the game. Mark Tunison and I went with our friend Noel while Becky and Judi went shopping at the Rocks in Sydney.  After  the game we had a great meal and get together with Noel, Mal and some of their friends.

 

Hawks Nest – New South Wales

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Sept 4th We drove about 2 hours and 45 min. north of Sydney to the town of Hawksnest.  Our traveling companions Mark and Judy Tunison have friends with a holiday home in Hawksnest which we stayed at.

SYDNEY – Australia

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We arrived in Sydney in the evening of Sept. 1st.  On the 2nd we took a ferry to Manley and on the 3rd we had a harbor tour in the morning.  On the afternoon of the 3rd we went to the fish market.  Each evening we visited with friends.

Thetford Reef

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On Sept. 1st we stopped at Thetrord Reef.  This was our last day on the Coral Princess II visiting the Great Barrier Reef.   Before snorkeling we feed the fish off the back of the boat. After our snorkel and before returning to Cairns we took a group photo on the upper deck of the boat.  The boat normally has about 40 passenger but on our trip there were only 15 which was very nice for us.

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