Victor's and Barbara's Travel Diaries
Up till 2004, Barbara and Victor lived near Geelong, in the state of Victoria, on the south-eastern corner of Australia. Although the second coolest state of Australia, Victoria is blessed with a variety of magnificent scenery, including snowy mountains, fantastic coastlines, forests, and interesting towns dating from the gold rush days.
The entrance to Port Philip Bay, at the northern end of which Melbourne is located, is guarded by the rip, ever so dangerous to shipping. On our western side, the Bellarine peninsula / Geelong side, is Point Lonsdale and its lighthouse. On the eastern side is the Mornington Peninsula and Point Nepean.
The Grampian mountain ranges are about 2 hours drive westwards from Geelong. Here we have magnificent walking country, the spectacular McKenzie Falls, and the "Wonderland" area.
Wilson's Promontory reaches southward toward Tasmania from the Gippsland region, east of Melbourne. This is Victoria's most splendid national park, with rugged mountains, incredibly beautiful coastal and inland walks, and fabulous beaches and rivers.
The Ottway ranges are very close to our Bellarine Peninsula, along our western "Surf" coast. This is a forested region with magnificent fern tree glades and waterfalls. The coast is famous for its beaches and scenic drive along its "Great Ocean Road".