Posts Tagged ‘Swan Bay’

Finally, the spring weather is being celebrated by patient Melburnites who have been desperate for  sunshine and bright skies after a long winter!  On the weekend, I did a wonderful circuit walk in the brisk sea winds along the sea wall from Point Lonsdale to Queenscliffe, via the evocatively named dune-top Lovers Walk.  Stopped for an essential cafe moment at Queenscliffe’s historic Hesse Street, then wandered back via the Bellarine Rail Trail which hugs along the calm waters of Swan Bay – you can see by the photo I was rewarded with a spectacular sunset. It’s time to get out and get walking, Melbourne!

Spring Sunset over Swan Bay

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Well, while we are in post production with Melbourne’s Best Bush, Bay & City Walks, I am getting itchy feet, so have just started out on the next Walks Guidebook, which will cover Greater Geelong, the Bellarine and Great Ocean Road area.  It’s pretty chilly here this winter, but when the days are clear it makes for really beautiful walking.  We had a wonderful wander at Edwards Point, near St Leonard’s township, last weekend, venturing out into the remote-feeling saltmarshes of Swan Bay.  Yesterday, the kids and I took in Serendip Sanctuary, at the base of the You Yangs, which is just swarming with birdlife, include huge flocks of magpie geese, and pairs of cape barren geese, making the most of the lush, full wetlands and billabongs.  There were also some impressively immobile tawny frogmouths, feathers all plumped up against the cold.  Australia’s native wildlife is making the most of the bountiful seasons after the last decade of drought and the kangaroos and wallabies were looking very well fed and content, as they literally bounced around the carpark!  The Serendip Sanctuary is a wonderfully interesting and easy day out for families and international visitors keen to acquaint themselves with Australia’s birds and animals.

Edwards Point Sanctuary saltmarshes, Swan Bay

Wetlands at Serendip Sanctuary, near Lara

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