Wednesday, 16 September 2009


On Friday we went for a short walk on the Farnsworth Track at Portsea.
It is a 3km (1.86 Miles) round trip.

We started at Portsea Ocean Beach and walked to a rock
formation called London Bridge and back again.
There were lots of butterflies and we even saw an echidna
hiding itself away when it heard us on the track.

18th September.
Click here to learn more on the echidna

You can either walk along the beach one way and then the Farnsworth Track
the other way but as the tide was in we went on the track both ways.

Farnsworth Track winds its way through the sand dunes
which makes it quite protected

There are also areas on the track that have up to 40+ steps to climb.
Lots of steps and track going up and down so a good little workout for the legs

You get great views of both Port Philliip Bay and Bass Strait at the highest point

This was the halfway point - London Bridge.

Once again check Barbara Jacksier's Blog for links
to those participating in Waterside Wednesday


Natasha Burns said...

Wonderful views Alison, how great that you live so close to so much natural beauty!

Connie said...

That looks like a porcupine to us here in the U.S., honey! Prickly little devils they are. But your beaches are beautiful just as ours are.....

Lori said...

i was thinking porcupine too...your pictures are lovely as always Alison!!!

ChrisC and JonJ said...

I was wondering if it was related to the porcupine.
Beautiful views!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful beautiful photos. I love to learn something new, and I had to find out that an echidna was a spiny anteater. You have a wonderful blog here.

Kathleen said...

Beautiful pictures, and I thought it was a porcupine too!

The Feathered Nest said...

What a gorgeous place Alison....absolutely beautiful!! xxoo, Dawn

Sugar Bear said...

Well you learn something new everyday. I hadn't heard of an echidna before!

Maya said...

Oh, what a stunning trail!! I just love trails like that..., through dunes and low bushes.

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Alison,
Gosh, you must be feeling fit after walking all those kilometres.
Such great photo's, thanks for sharing.

Drawn to The Sea said...

Mind, body & soul... a complete workout :-) Lovely!


Roberta said...

Now that's a hike, but with those views, a pleasure!

Monica said...

I always love coming to your blog and seeing the NEW SITES :)
Such pretty photos and wow I have never ever seen or heard of an echidna that I know of. Are they just in Australia?hmmm
Thanks for the sweet comments on my boys , lets hope Preston leaves his wittle monkey suit on long enough for me to get pics!

Barbara Jacksier said...

I always think of porcupines as woodland creatures. Now you've given me something else I know about them. Either way, I still maintain that they are best seen from a distance!

Katrina Chambers said...

Gorgeous spot Alison. I did think to myslef that our lovely overseas friends would be confused with our echindas!!

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Alison

I haven't been on that walk yet - sounds like a good one, might save it for a sunny, wind free day

Gorgeous photos


Jane said...

Hi Allison!
I enjoyed the walk...The views are spectacular. The little echidna is quite interesting, too. How nice that you live close to this wonderful place...
Jane (Artfully Graced)

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Alison
Wonderful wonderful beach scenes..the light is just gorgeous. Well I'm not sure I remember seeing an echidna.. except perhaps at the zoo. How fascinating to see one in nature! Have a great week. Julie

Dolly said...

Wow Alison what a beautiful day you had!
The scenery is breath taking!
I love to walk along the waters edge its so relaxing!

Thanks for sharing!

Pearl Maple said...

Fantastic photos of your beach walk, it is beautiful countryside and the echidna is just too cute.

MelsRosePlace said...

Wow Alison that looks absolutely beautiful, what a wonderful walk. Mel xxx

The Rose Room said...

As always beautiful photos Alison:) Rachaelxo

KarenHarveyCox said...

Such a beautiful and magical place where you live. It is no wonder that so many of your creations are inspired by the sea. Lovely post.


rochambeau said...

Either path you walk, Alison it is truly beautiful. Thank you for introducing me to the echidna! Very interesting!
Keep walking along the path of life and enjoying!


Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Love your photos.

Sharon said...

What a beautiful place. So pristine. Thanks for the visit. Sharon

Shabbyfufu said...

Hi Alison....your photography keeps getting better and better and the area where you live is just the perfect place to capture! ~xo~Janet

Hope Ellington said...

Alison...these photos are breath taking. Thanks for sharing. Lovely blog.

bj said...

How wonderful to live around this beauty. I love all your pretty photos...
xo bj

The Pink Poodle said...

hi alison....another wonderful post re our wonderful state...

how cute is that echidna..
I just LOVE our AUSSIE wildlife...

xx andrea

A Romantic Porch said...

Oh Alison, thank you for taking us along on your walk. What a fun way to see the world through blogs! Your photos are breathtaking. xo rachel

Tara said...


What a great way to spend the day--thanks for such a warm welcome back, you sweetie!

Florence and Mary said...

I've never heard of an echidna!

Victoria xx

Beach Vintage said...

You cannot go wrong with that beach. I love watching an echidna's walk. So cute.

shabbydreaming said...

Hey Alison,
Love the snaps! My dad has an echidna that lives around his property we see him all the time!! great to see such lovely Australian Animals!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, allison, thanks for stopping by. Your beaches are beautiful too, amazing how different they all are. You were asking about those little fences in the sand. FL has had several hurricanes in the last few years & they have had to rebuild the beaches & dunes, so those little fences are part of their restoration (and I suspect to keep people off the dunes, there are signs saying keep off), along with seaoats & other plant material to keep the dunes intact once again.

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Just beautiful, Alison. I can just feel myself "winding down" when looking at these pictures. And yes, I agree with Lori, thought it was a porcupine.. LOL!


One Shabby Old House said...

Hi Allison,
Thanks for stopping by and giving such words of encouragement.
You have shared some beautiful pictures too. I sure could have used one of those little ant eaters a few days ago. We have been blessed with an abundance of ants this year.

Jeanne said...

You have the most beautiful scenery to enjoy - thanks for sharing!

Joanne Kennedy said...

How pretty! What a great place to walk and get your exercise in. You are very lucky to have such a place near you.


Stephenie said...

Natasha is right, what a beautiful view.. Your pictures look amazing.. I never seen a porcupine that close.. What a great picture.. Thanks for sharing..