A day trip out of Geelong led to Bells Beach, a renowned surf beach some 100kms south-west of Melbourne, on the Great Ocean Road near the town of Torquay. Bells Beach is named after John Cavert Bell of the family that first took up a pastoral run there in the 1840s. (credit Wikipedia)
It was a blustery, grey day, but the avid surfers were having a glorious time.
Surprisingly, the sand on the shore was not the usual bright white colour one associates with Australian beaches.
Oops! Maybe Surfing "Down Under" ??!
. . . and this cute fellow caught my eye as I walked back up from the observation deck to the car park!
The beautiful Barwon River in Geelong, providing a peaceful environment for walkers, runners, kayakers and rowers. The riverside pathways are wonderfully shady too - much appreciated on hot days when walking the dog!
My recent stay in Victoria's Dandenong Ranges included a visit to the extraordinary William Ricketts Sanctuary.
William Ricketts was a naturalist, environmentalist and sculptor who dedicated much of his life to exploring the connection that Aboriginal people have with the natural world. (For further information, courtesy of culture.com, check out this link - A brief history of William Ricketts Sanctuary
It was a great day to visit too, with temperatures in the mid teens (C)
and occasional brief showers which released the wonderful