Wilsons Promontory. Sunday 16th October

Another lovely spring day and after a leisurely breakfast in the garden we set of on the hour long journey to Tidal River on Wilson’s Promontory. Sheila the sat-nav took us on an interesting and rural route avoiding the main road.

The Foster Poison Triangle

On route we came across this sign which baffled us a bit. After researching on the interweb we came up with this explanation. “The Poison Post was erected in the late 1800’s to mark where poison was laid to eradicate wild dogs and dingoes. On the original stock route linking Western Port with East Gippsland, it defined the corner of Wonga Wonga, Waratah, and Yanakie Parishes, Poison Post became quite a significant landmark to local residents and was used until 1960”

Wilson’s Promontory National Park

The southern-most tip of the Australia mainland is unspoilt, with white sand beaches. The Prom is a granitic batholith from the lower Devonian

More spectacular views of the bush.

Overlooking the Bass Straight
Looking South towards Tidal River Bay

We didn’t walk to South Point the southern-most point of Australia as it was about a 5 hour walk to get there! https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/wilsons-promontory-vic

The new 4 stage fire warning sign.
There used to be 6 stage warnings

At Tidal River the bush extends right on to the beach on what appear to be giant sand dunes.

Another Crowded Aussie Beach
No cameras here, just iPhones!
Fabulous Geology. https://weekendgeology.com/2015/05/31/wilsons-promontory-national-park/

This cheeky kookaburra on his vantage point just before he swooped on a bag of chips carried by an unsuspecting tourist, the kookaburra was in turn mobbed by a squabble of silver gulls.

The Australian Commando Memorial

The monument commemorates the Commando units of World War Two who camped and trained at Tidal River, and all the commandos were died or were killed during World War Two and in conflicts post World War Two.

On the road again. 15 Oct 2022

Saturday on Raymond Island.

Raymond Island draws nature lovers for some of the best koala-spotting around. We boarded on the ferry at Paynesville as foot passengers and went on the koala hunt. Looking up into the gum trees the koalas are sometimes quite difficult to see and it gives you a stiff neck, but it’s all worth the effort. The cute creatures are mostly fast asleep but we were lucky enough to see one having a stretch.

The Ferry

https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/raymond-island-gippsland-lakes-reserve

Lakes Entrance, Gippsland. 14 October 2022

Yesterday was a drab day but we were cheered up to see this little family.

We woke up to a better morning, and took advantage of the good weather and walked along the promenade.

The six World War 1 Memorial Sculptures that are located along the Esplanade are carved from the original Cypress trees that were planted as an Avenue of Honour for the servicemen that gave their life in the First World War. Seventy years after the planting the trees became weary and limbs started dropping and they became unsafe.

After much deliberation the Returned Serviceman’s League decided to commission local chainsaw artist John Brady to carve these sculptures from the trunks of these trees. They now stand as a permanent reminder of the sacrifice made by these brave local people.

The Fishing Fleet

From the lookouts on the Princes Highway just outside town there’s a fabulous view of the entrance.

The Lakes Entrance affording access to the Bass Strait from about 600 sq km of the Gippsland lakes.