Cape Schanck

10/07/2017 at 4:34 AM (Activities, Environment, Travel, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

Cape Schanck is located on the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula where the wild sea water of the Bass Strait unites with the calmer water of Westernport Bay. It was named after Admiral John Schanck who designed the Lady Nelson centreboard and who was also was commissioned in 1799 to survey the coast of Australia.

These days the most imposing and defining landmark of Cape Schanck is the 21m tall Cape Schanck Lighthouse which was built and completed back in 1859; it is actually the second lighthouse built in Victoria and the first lighthouse tower in possession of stone stairs. Entry fees do apply for tours of the lighthouse and small museum.

A prominent geological formation is Pulpit Rock which stands out at the very tip of the cape. This can be accessed through the wooden staircase and scenic boardwalk which descends to the beach but look out for large, fierce waves in winter which may wash across Pebble Beach.

Another walk available through the main car park is the 2.6km Bushrangers Bay Track which abounds with lovely coastal scenery and this first lookout is an insight into several that follow. For anyone who would like more information or more detailed notes, a guide to this walk is available for purchase.

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The Best Pictures from 2010

12/31/2010 at 12:40 PM (Bays and Beaches, Landscapes, National Parks, Photography, Travel) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Photography has been a hobby of mine for almost five years now once I got my Nikon D-40 for my 21st birthday. This hobby has become a staple of my holidays since my family is into taking rigorous walks in National Parks and State Reserves to various Lookout Points and I regularly attended the photo camps held by my camera club. So I figured I might share some of my favourite snaps from 2010.

The Boathouse at Cradle Mountain © Sarasi Peiris

This photograph was obtained after walking the 6 km Dove Lake circuit in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. A goal definitely worth attaining after sore legs since a 10 minute walk would have sufficed from the other direction.

The Dam Bridge at Maroondah Reservoir Park © Sarasi Peiris

This was taken during a camp trip to the Yarra Valley. The flight of stairs and then the additional track to the lookout point is recommended for the view from above. Just be fit or you’ll be panting.

Yering Winery © Sarasi Peiris

After being treated to a wine tasting, I explored Yering Winery. This view from their expansive balcony  large enough to hold over a hundred people caught my attention because of the stunning colours.

Dingo at Healesville Sanctuary © Sarasi Peiris

Wildlife photography is something I usually shy away from because my basic lens cannot do it  justice. However this dingo was so cute  I couldn’t resist. Given their appearance, it is hard to believe these are wild dogs.

Apollo Bay © Sarasi Peiris

This picture appears very generic thanks to the countless reproductions of scenery taken from the drive on Great Ocean Road. However this picture I took during the Easter photo club camp appeals to me as one of my best.

Blue Lake at Mt Gambier © Sarasi Peiris

During the return trip from our April vacation, we had a stopover in Mt Gambier. After waking up at sunrise we went on a walk around the perimeters of Blue Lake. What’s one night of missed beauty sleep for a view like this?

Glenelg Beach © Sarasi Peiris

This lovely expanse of ocean was the view from my hotel balcony on Easter Sunday. Located in the South Australian seaside town of Glenelg, this beach is a great sight to behold.

Wineglass Bay © Sarasi Peiris

This was a day I was particularly thankful for good weather because the 3 hour walk  to Wineglass Bay is not what anyone would dismiss as easy. Though if  you feel able to  handle it , some great photo opportunities abound.

Erskine Falls © Sarasi Peiris

I was feeling far too cold and wet to go down to the bottom of the falls and at 6.30 pm on a cold autumn day, it was not really enticing. But I love the contrast between the waterfall and surrounding foliage.

Victor Harbour © Sarasi Peiris

This photo is of Victor Harbour in the Fleurieu Peninsula on the way to Adelaide and this causeway is the route the horse-drawn tram uses to carry passengers from the mainland to Granite Island.

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