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Colby & Rachel's Visit - May 2003

Our local area.

During Colby and Rachel's vist, we did a number of day trips around our local area. The pictures on this page come from some of those outings.

Arthur's Seat is about 20 to 30 minutes drive from where we live down the Mornington Peninsula.
The views from the lookout at Arthur's Seat are fantastic, including the City of Melbourne, The Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula areas in general.

The restaurant at Arthur's Seat. The views at night would be spectacular. We haven't been to the restaurant but on a number of occasions been to the lookout at night.

A view from the lookout at Sorrento Back Beach. Sorrento is down towards the end of the Mornington Peninsula and about an hours drive from home. The body of water seen is Bass Straight that runs between main land Australia and the island state of Tasmania.

Storms can blow up very quickly in Bass Straight with many ships over the years coming to grief on the Victorian coast.


Pelicans at Hastings, a small seaside town on the western side of the Mornington Peninsula. I never knew we had so many pelicans here in Australia. These birds who seem so clumsy walking, but graceful in the air and landing hang out near the pier hoping for a snack from anyone passing by.

Conda and I, we will often come on a sunny day and eat lunch and enjoy the peace and tranquility.

HMAS Castlemaine at Williamstown.

The Castlemaine is an Australian Navy minesweeper preserved from WW2. The Castlemaine is berthed at Williamstown which is a seaside city across Port Phillip Bay from the City of Melbourne.

Williamstown, as well as having the old mine sweeper Castlemaine, also have current links to the Australian Navy. For many years, many of our navy ships have been built at Williamston including the current frigates. The frigate in the picture is the Ballarat that is due to commission next year.(2004)

"The Footie" (football)

No visit to Melbourne, Victoria during winter could be complete without seeing a game of Australian Rules Football. Contary to the belief of many in the U.S. Australian football isn't soccer or rugby, it's a seperate, and I believe much more interesting game.

Ah yes, a day at the footy. Many countries have a game called football, as different as the countries can be, so is the game. Our game of football was developed here to keep cricketers fit between seasons. Cricket is a ball game here, of similar stature to baseball in the U.S.

The banner. Banners for the teams to run through on to the ground have grown and grown over the years to the point where the rivalry between the cheer squads who make them is nearly as competitive as the game itself.

The teams take the field. Both teams have 22 players of which only 18 per side can be on the ground at a time. The M.C.G. or Melbourne Cricket Ground where this game was played hosted not only to much of the Olympics in 1956 but also many U.S. Serviceman during World War 2. It is currently being rebuilt as can be seen in the background.

Almost as good as it gets. Watching Collingwood, our team beat Carlton, an arch rival whilst eating an Australian delicacy, a pie and sauce. The only thing missing is a can of ice cold VB. (Victoria Bitter Beer).

Walsh family members from Kansas may also recognise someone else in the crowd !!!

As the days of the visit were drawing to a close we decided to visit Phillip Island. The land formation behind Colby and Rachel is called the Nobbies, home to many water birds, seals and other marine life.

Somewhere through the seas of Bass Straight to the south is, or should be, the island State of Tasmania.

The only land mass south of Tasmania is Antartica!!

As the weather was so poor at Phillip Island, we decided to head home but stopped at a small animal sanctuary on the way. Here Colby met some new friends. (Colby is on the left with the camera).

A bit hard to see as they are dark colored, but here Colby feeds some alpacas.

Some just forget about the problems and take it easy. Here an Australian native dog, a soggy wet dingo, sleeps the day away.

A couple of Wombats having a spot of dinner..


Coal Creek Historical Village, Gipsland Victoria.

Not far from our home on the Mornington Peninsula, is the Coal Creek Historical Village

We decided to visit the topurist attraction on one of our day's outings. Entrance to Coal Creek Historical Village, is as shown to the left.

The village is a collection of period building collected and moved to the site from around the Gipsland region.

After entering the village, and a short walk, you step through the train at the recreated station and go back in time to the village proper.

Another picture of the train at the recreated station at Coal Creek. They have worked hard to keep things in context and true to the correct period, although through other research I have found that the steam engine they have used wasn't built until 1941.

One of the buildings in the village, the newspaper and printing shop. It was possible to purchase wanted posters, with any name you wished printed on them.

The general store without a shopping trolley or even a coke sign in sight, how did they survive?

The carriage factory. Another of the old buildings within the village.

More of the general streetscape in the village.

Wilson's Promontry National Park, Victoria.

Wilson's Promontory, or as it just as often refered to as "The Prom" is one of Victoria's favorite nationl parks.

As a kid in scouts, I spent many weekends bush walking (hiking) through the park. The State of Victoria maintain the park and strictly control the numbers of people camping in the park to ensure it isn't damaged by over use.


As well as the unspoiled natural beauty of the park, the main purpose of visiting the Prom, was to see the animals.


For as long as I can remember, visiting the Prom, like many of our national parks the crimson rosella parrots were very tame and only too willing to be fed.

A group of kangaroos in the wild at Wilsons Promontory. We also saw emus and wombats as we left the park, but it was on dusk and after when most of the animals come out.

Wilsons Promontory national park is set up to allow access by people to enjoy the park. It is also set up to preserve the environment as well, with measures like these board walks etc. in areas that would be damaged by excessive foot traffic.

Part of the attraction of Wilsons Promontory are the beaches. It doesn't matter what time of the year it is, the water feels icy cold. Apart from Tasmania, all there is to the south is the Antarctic region and the South Pole.

Another of the beaches at Wilsons Promontory, or "The Prom" as the park is known as.

A tranquil setting at Wilson's Promontory.