Wednesday, 28 October 2009

WATERSIDE WEDNESDAY


Tuesday we decided to go for a bit of a walk at Point Nepean National Park.
For many years - up until 1988 this area was used by the army.
We did the Fort Nepean Walk about a 7km return walk


It is described as a flat walk but it isn't really. There are quite a few hilly areas and steps as well. If you are riding a bike the track for cyclists also goes onto the road

There used to be a quarantine there as well


This is the ruins of what was a Cattle Jetty built in 1879

Fabulous driftwood on the beach



Old pilon and great rusted bolt

Lizard sunning itself on Coles Track

Love this rusted pole on Coles Track



We walked the length of this area




Eagles Nest - the highest point on the Mornington Peninsula where they built an encasement for hidden arms in 1888 to protect Port Phillip Bay and stop the enemy entering

The entry to Fort Pearce (it is underground)

It was amazing walking through these tunnels and old ruins

This sign shows what Fort Pearce Barracks was like.
We also walked as far as you can see in this pic.

Some fun Aussie Slang on a sign in the old fort

PortPhillip Bay on the left and Bass Strait on the right.
not much land in between
We walked along here as far as you can see.

Just along here is where the memorial to Prime Minister Harold Holt who drowned on the beach here in 1967

The Memorial Stone placed in memory of Harold Holt

You would wonder how security people would allow a Prime Minister to swim in an area like this

33 comments:

LiLi M. said...

Your photos are absolutely stunning Alison! I think I have to put another place on my bucket list. Amazing that thriftwood and I love these old military places. The sea is so beautiful, the color is way blueer than the sea over here, that is greyish. I love the sea, but your post makes it perfectly clear that the sea is dangerous. Always and anywhere, even skilled swimmers can drown in the sea and even a prime minister can.
I think will post a blog about your birthday give away next week, I do hope you won't mind that I'm postponing this, as I want to make a post about it, not only mentioning it, this week will probably be filled with Halloween neither was it suitable to mention it with a challenge. Hope you'll understand. Have a great day!

Lori said...

beautiful pictures Alison!!! the aussie lingo sign is a hoot:)

KarenHarveyCox said...

What an amazing place you live in, Alison. The water is spectacular and your photographs are beautiful. So much beauty around you, a piece of heaven.
Karen

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Alison
Your photos are stunning!
I haven't been to Point Nepean for years, you've just ispired me to do so.
Have a great day - it's going to be mild and sunny, lucky us

xo

A Melbourne Girl said...

Great photos Alison...and it looks like a great walk too. What an adventure!

Lesley

Sherry said...

My mom is going to be leaving for Australia in a couple of weeks and I was telling her how beautiful your photos of the beaches are. I'm so jealous!!! This will be her second trip to Australia and she really loves it there.

Sherry

The Pink Poodle said...

dear Alison...thanks for sharing that wonderful journey/walk with us..

I just live across the bay..as you know..& didnt even know lots of these wonderful tracks/places existed..
LOVE the AUSSIE slang poster..

beautiful photos as always..(i do need to get a new camera!!)...

beautiful day here today in melbourne..although still inside with MR Christian very very sick!!

xx andrea

Barbara Jacksier said...

It's 6 AM (California time) on Thursday and I finally had a minute to visit. This book touring is exhausting! Anyhow, I REALLY enjoyed your tour...the views,the slang, even your lizards look exotic!Thanks for being part of Waterside Wednesday.

Drawn to The Sea said...

Glorious trail. I'm imagining myself standing there taking the photos... I can smell the salty air.

Happy Day,
~Julia

Daisy Cottage said...

Hi Alison!

Gorgeous photos - thank you so much! Having never been to your part of the world, this was a treat to see.....

xo,
Kim

The Things We Carried said...

Sometimes your blog picts look just like the U.S. west. Today that is what I could have been looking at. Yet, you are across the sea!

Joyce said...

Thank you so much for the lovely TOUR of this area. That lizard was big and scary! Ha!!
Sure is nice to see your side of the world....I appreciate you doing this for everyone. Keeps us aware and all and makes us realize the beauty of God's earth....
Be blessed!

Antique Rose Designs said...

Hi Alison the photos look great. It looks so peaceful along that beach. Take care Carol

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Oh how beautiful, Alison! I would love to walk along that ledge. Just beautiful! The sea colors are just gorgeous. We were by the sea not long ago, and now it makes me want to be there, just to see the different colors. Interesting note about the prime minister! That piece of drift wood is absolutely spectacular!

Have a great weekend,
Kitty

Katrina Chambers said...

It's award time over at my blog! Come on over! Great photos and I would have screamed at that lizard haha

Kerryanne English said...

Oh wow... such a lot of walking Alison but well worth it for such breathtaking views.

oldflowers4me said...

this was such a blast from my past-well childhood-we are so lucky to have this beautiful place.....

Florence and Mary said...

You really must stop making me so jealous of these wonderful photos!

Victoria xx

aBohemianMarket said...

Hi Alison:
What a super walk and all of the history you saw. Your Australian waters are magnificent and you caught them so perfectly!!! The driftwood is to die for.
Absolutely lovely. I feel like I was right there on the walk : )
Thank you for sharing with all of us.
hugs
carole

Siobhan said...

Hi Alison,

We went here last year and I have to say it was fantastic! I would go back any day. I loved touring underground and just imagening how things would have been back in the days. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Siobhan

rebecca said...

You live in a beautiful country. Thank you for sharing with us.

Journaling Woman said...

Wow, I wish I lived nearer. How beautiful and interesting. Plus I love that lizard.

cindy said...

Just gorgeous!!!!!!!

-c
yapping cat

Rosy Inspiration said...

Thamks for sharing all those photos, they are so beautiful and interesting. Enjoyed reading the Anzacs' slang.

our shabby cottage said...

Great pics Alison. I have not been down that way before so it was very interesting indeed!

Kellie Collis said...

Look how stunning that water is!

vicki archer said...

The disappearance of Harold Holt has always intrigued me too Alison....great shots, xv.

Bottega Veneta said...

Great!

earlybird said...

Beautiful photos Alison and it looked like it was a fabulous day with all that sun shining! I will have to add it to my "places to visit" list...lovely!

Pearl Maple said...

Fabulous views across the park, you know of course I am drawn to the old washed out jetty structure.

Have you spotted any good Christmas swaps yet? I was looking forward to the vintage stocking but it looks like Mary Ann is not up to it this year.

catieann said...

thank you for sharing the beautiful photos. You do a great job!! What an interesting place to visit!

Sharon said...

I have been thinking of where to retire. After looking at your beautiful photo's I shall put Australia in the running. If not a place to live a definate vacation. So beautiful. Sharon

Lina said...

What lovely pictures and beautiful views...i wish i was on that beach right now!!!!