The Theatre Trip

Chrissy met us at the Evan Walker Bridge and took us on a walking tour of the city…

and lunch Federation Square. After which we took the tram to the Old Gasworks Theatre in Albert Park and met Alan and we chatted whilst waiting eagerly for Laura’s play “Haml3t” to start.

After we’d all enjoyed the production Chrissy and Alan kindly took us back to our hotel.

If you want to read the programme (link below), when it has loaded swipe to the left or right.

Tuesday to Melbourne

We left Toora on another lovely spring morning.

The Railway Cycle Track at Toora
At the station Starting our journey we followed route of the the old railway track we saw in Toora. Stopping briefly in Foster at the tourist info office to pick up maps and check on the flooding further west.

Outside Foster Tourist Information Office
Lovely planting on the roundabout.
Impressive township sign.
Oh dear roadworks…only a 10 minute holdup luckily.

Lunch at Tooradin

Tooradin carvings

The name of Tooradin comes from the Boon wurrung word too-roo-dun, which refers to the Bunyip that lived in the Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp. The Dreamtime creature had a ‘reputation for devouring human beings’ and ‘lived in the thick mud beneath the water of a waterhole that never dried up.

The iPhone link to the car failed us and we had to resort to Maureen holding the phone so I could read the directions at a glance…here we are at the Gas Works Theatre in Albert Park where Laura’s play is being produced. The adjacent cafe had a nice line in refreshments.

Haml3t Poster
Gas Works Cafe (dog friendly).

It was a little stressful finding the hotel as the Sheila the iPhone sat-nav went on strike amongst the tall buildings but after a couple of circuits we finally made it none the worse for our experience.

View from our 17th floor window.
Government House with the high rise horizon
One of the more interesting new buildings on our first walk in the city.
The North Bank

Monday at Toora

Centenary Point Lookout. Fabulous view of the surrounding area including the massive Baby Food Dairy Viplus.

Panoramic View

We drove up to the wind farm situated in the rolling hills behind the town. They’re very big!

Rolling Hills

Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve

Needless to say the Agnes River is in spate after the recent downpours in Victoria making the 59 metre cascade even more spectacular.

Hidden within the rolling green hills of the Strzelecki Ranges, the meandering Agnes River cascades over rocks into a deep picturesque gorge. At 59 metres, Agnes Falls are the highest single span falls in Victoria.

Blue Gum trees on the path
We didn’t see an echidna!

Port Welshpool and the Jetty

As Jettys go it is about a 800 metres long and it is solid. There is a little display near the end and an old diving bell from the oil exploration days. You get a great view of the town and Corner Inlet from the end of the Jetty but for fisher folk it’s a great facility. They have provided rod holders and cutting trays along the way and a couple of tables with water for cleaning fish. There are a series of little shelters you can sit in protected from the sun rain or wind and fish. Worth a visit just to read the history (displayed at the start of the jetty) and to experience the sea air and view from the end. A bracing walk on a cool spring afternoon.

From the end
Diving Bell
Wooden supports.
Dream Time Story

A full morning and then lunch at The Vibe in Toora


Then on to the bird hide, we saw about 40 rare bar tail godwit and also eastern curlew, amongst other species (all confirmed by a proper birder we met in the hide).

Bar Tailed Godwit and Eastern Curlew, in the distance!
He went that-a-way!
Viplus Factory Cow.
Sunset. Good Night.