Saturday 3rd Feb, (Inverloch).

Another sweltering day with the temperatures up in the high 30’s, it is now 9.30 PM and I reckon it is still in the high 20’s. A news report tells that Inverloch is about to receive a cool change and it will be welcome.

We had an adventurous day with a visit to a coalmine in Wonthaggi, which included a guided tour of a working section of the mine. The interesting part was that the mine being owned by the government, means that they insist that the working part of the mine must remain operating in the same manner in which it did in its hey day.

This area of Victoria is very popular because of the endless beaches. People come from everywhere when they can, for example today being Saturday and there is no spare room on the beaches, let alone parking spaces within walking distance from them. We had a drive along a tourist drive around the coast between Inverloch and Wonthaggi, and decided that we will have to return to have a good look another day when one can find parking.

With a long weekend and Easter coming up in April we decided to try to plan ahead as to where we might be so we could book in and not be left stranded, but with the plans we have it is almost impossible to determine where we are going to be 2 months in advance so we have no other option but to wait and see what eventuates in a time frame closer to the dates concerned.

I am feeling a bit more comfortable at the moment because I was trying to put these words down while sitting outside where it is cooler, but having the light on it became intolerable putting up with the insects so there was no alternative but to move inside. It isn’t so bad inside now as the night is starting to cool down.

Oh well it must be time for a final smoke, a toilet trip and put myself to bed no matter the temperature otherwise we will get no sleep at all.


Friday 2nd Feb, (Inverloch).

We had a trip to Phillip Island today and I was a little surprised to find it seemed to differ a little from when I visited there when I was working here in 1999. The difference is probably only due to the fact that Linda was with me this time and our look around the island was of a more in-depth nature. I was a little upset when we travelled down a road to the coastal area known as pyramid rocks, the road was gravel and very finely corrugated and the vibrations caused my rear view mirror on the inside of the windscreen to fall off. No damage was done except for the $6 odd to buy ½ dozen drops of glue to glue it back on. A look at seal rocks on the southwest corner was enlightening because there was a good array of walkways around the point, which I either didn’t bother to use them last time or they weren’t there. The coastline here is very picturesque and rugged.

We also saw some penguins in burrows and the tracks the parent have carved into the cliffs in scaling them to reach the young.

We then went to a Koala park near the middle of the Island, which was unusual because although I have seen and read a lot about Koalas, I have never seen one eye to eye.

A look around Cowes revealed how nice a place it is, well laid out good beaches, which is obviously why this is another place which is very tourist orientated but none the less a very nice town. It was to my surprise when we looked at the books that the caravan parks on the island are no more expensive than any other in the area, which the idea that they were is one of the reasons that we chose not to stay here on the way past.

It was another stinker of a hot day today and they tell us it is going to be just as hot tomorrow, if not hotter, and Linda got her way again today by getting me to wear a T- shirt. She bought one when she was in the shops and I must admit that I took my shirt off and donned the T-shirt there and then in the car park. It was washed immediately after we got home, because it had a prickly new feel, so it will hopefully dry by tomorrow so I can wear it again. At this stage I don’t know what I am going to do tomorrow because with all this flimsy clobber I am wearing lately I have gotten a little sun burned and I certainly don’t want it to get any worse.


Thursday 1st Feb, (Inverloch).

The weather has finally improved, for now at least, and the temperature has reached 35 or so, which is quite hot and sticky but I am sure if it keeps up I could quite get used to it.

We have moved to Inverloch, which is just around the coast from Phillip Island. This is a place of many beaches, but if we keep going around the coast this will be a regular sight. We picked Inverloch because there seams to be quite a bit to see in the area and this is central to it all. The township is quite small and I would liken it to Bridport in Tassie, which is a holiday town that is populated heavily during the warmer seasons and not so much during winter. For this reason the shopping centre is not very large and we have already found that we have had to go to Leongatha to purchase things like bread mix and assorted cordial, which I will need a lot of if this weather continues.


Friday 26th Jan 01, (Frankston).

Our plans of visiting some local reserves today and having a walk around came to nothing as the weather prevented us from doing anything outside, you guessed it, and it rained all day. We utilised the opportunity to wander around the local shopping centres and do some shopping, not that we had much to do. Now that the day is over, 7.00 PM, the sun has decided to come out and all it is doing is making it very muggy.

I contacted Rick Cooper again today and they are back in Frankston, so we arranged a time to meet. Due to them leaving their children in Tassie for a few days they have decided to take a trip on the motorbike to the Great Ocean Road tomorrow afternoon so we will visit late tomorrow morning and possibly make arrangements to meet again one night before we leave on Wednesday.

Monday 29th Jan, (Frankston).

I visited Rick on Saturday, Linda stayed home because Rick’s wife was working and it would have been a bit boring for her listening to men talk. The house Rick has built met the expectations that I had given him, rather luxurious, and the standard of wiring preparation put in by him far exceeded that I would have expected of anybody.

We went to Geelong for a trip yesterday to visit the rellies before we head off on Wednesday, all were well and nothing had changed since we were last there. The trip home was something else though, everybody was returning home from the long weekend away and I never would have dreamed that I would have seen so many vehicles crammed into one spot at any one time. The entire 70 odd kilometres of the highway from Geelong to Melbourne was cram packed and we could only maintain about 50-60 kph all the way.

We finally made it to a reserve today to have a look around and found the flora and, what little fauna we saw, was really no different to that at home but it was good enough for a pleasant long walk.


Thursday 25th Jan 2001, (Frankston).

We have just had a few days having a casual look around the Frankston/Peninsular area and we decided not to get too in depth looking around the area because we will be back this way in December this year so we can have a good look then. At least then we will have a good idea at what we want to see.

We did find something of interest though, being Arthur’s Seat. Just before we left Tassie we were talking to Linda’s sister Sandra and she mentioned that one day just prior to this that she had an area listing on her mobile as Arthur’s Seat and she wanted to know where it was as she had never heard of any where with that name. I searched my memory of Telstra mobile sites in the area and could not recall any with that name, so I guess that freak weather conditions must have resulted in her picking up this site in Victoria. Arthur’s seat is of coarse a mountain in the lower peninsular area with a mobile site.

We have found a listing of state reserves in the area and intend to visit some and have a walk around and the first was the Botanical Gardens. These gardens are of a different nature than that of any that we have seen so far and we commented on how it looked so much like a golf course with bushes and shrubs surrounding the fairways. When we arrived home Linda was reading a booklet about the local area and low and behold an article explained, after a question of “what do you do with an old golf course?” how the gardens were in fact built from an old golf course.

I always thought that the weather in Tassie was unpredictable but it has nothing on what we have seen in Victoria this trip. It has shown that it can change from very hot and sunny to a thunderstorm in minutes. We were travelling back to Frankston from Narrelle’s yesterday when a news report on the radio stated that a thunderstorm was over Werribee area and heading for the lower South East suburbs and there had been no mention of it at any time in the news or any forecast heard. By the time we started to approach Frankston we hit the edge of the storm and by the time we arrived home the storm had passed and left tell tale signs that the winds were rather strong, as papers had been blown everywhere and even the chairs and thongs from the van next door had blown away as well.

Ronald & Linda Tew, All over the countryside