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Gary Sweet

Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Today Doug suggested we have morning tea before we set off - sorry about the reference to morning tea.  I couldn't see the point of sitting at the caravan park having morning tea when there was all that uncharted territory to explore.  We still left home at 9.45am heading towards Portarlington via Drysdale.

We didn't think the homes were very outstanding for being on the waters edge.  Portarlington is at the point, at Port Phillip Bay, looking towards Melbourne, which we could see in the distance,  we then proceeded to St Leonards then on to Queenscliff.

We had a good walk around Queenscliff, watched the ferry leave for Sorrento.  We had a good view of the bay from the lookout on the wharf.  Sorry girls, but we had lunch in a park overlooking the other side of the bay and saw the ferry coming back from Sorrento. It was only 3.71km from point to point.  Some very beautiful old buildings in and around Queenscliff.

Then we mosied down to Port Lonsdale which is the furtherest point south towards Portsea on the other side which was of interest to us as we'd seen it from the Portsea side on our honeymoon (yes we can still remember our honeymoon).

At this point Mrs Tom Tom didn't want to talk to us as we'd changed our direction from the most direct route.  Anyway we were following the tourist signs and heading towards Barwon Heads - home of Seachange.  Lucky for us the bridge was open and we drove up to the lookout which gave us a very nice view of Barwon Heads.  Apparently there were 11 shipwrecks in the area but of course we couldn't see one.

We then drove across to Ocean Grove before following the coast around to Breamlea before going inland a little to Torquay where we saw the Surfing Museum that we couldn't find on our way back to get a photo for Benjamin.  Maybe tomorrow we'll see it and stop in time for the photo.  You should have seen the size of the Billabong, Rip Curl and Quicksilver stores here - unbelievable.  I didn't trust myself to go in.

After Torquay it was the famous Bells Beach - where an International Surf championship stage is held every Easter and luckily today the waves weren't any good and it was declared a "Lay Day" so we could walk down to the beach and saw plenty of seals on fibreglass boards trying to catch a wave.  It was very hot (36 degrees-they say) and we were in the car having a can of coke when Gary Sweet pulled up next to us and got out of his car.  He just looked around and acknowledged that I'd recognised him before hopping back into his sleek Honda with his chicky babe.  Shortly after we left heading towards Anglesea and had to stop for him at the carpark crosswalk closer to the Surfing event.

We hope you are all enjoying our daily report - as for us - a little bit of news from home wouldn't go astray!
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Ray & Jools on

Yes we are enjoying you blog it's great. As for news from home KA is still the same. Your jjourney is much more interesting than sitting where we are. Hope to visit Denmark markets on Saturday. Off to Esperance Thursday week.

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