CIRCUMNAVIGATE BEAUTIFUL PORT PHILLIP BAY
Leaving the city of Melbourne:
We travel over the Westgate Bridge, with some wonderful views of Melbourne behind us and the Port of Melbourne to our right, with "Scienceworks" museum and education centre off to the left.
Scienceworks was once the main Melbourne sewerage treatment works, but has been converted to a science education centre and theme museum, complete with the original steam driven pumps forming a part of the museum.
As we travel down the Princes Freeway, the You Yangs are on our right, and a bit further on, we pass the Avalon Airport, a base for Jetstar, Australia's cut-price domestic airline.
The style is art deco, with pools, fountains, grand staircases, lights and kiosk all reflecting the theme. Beautiful lawns, huge palm trees and picnic shelters reinforce imagery born out of the 1920s and 30s.
The machinery, skills, textiles, magic and mystery of wool and quite a few sheep as well. This museum is very dynamic, with changing displays, as well as the permanent and incredibly interesting displays. It's all housed in a fantastic historic bluestone woolstore from 1872.
From Geelong, we head to
QUEENSCLIFF: 30km (approx 30 mins) from
Queenscliff is a township at the entrance to
Before then the settlement had been called Whale Head and Shortland's Bluff.
Queenscliff overlooks The Rip, the entrance to the Bay.
In the early 1840s a pilot service for ships was set up at Queenscliff.
Ships fixing their position in relation to the first two lighthouses can navigate The Rip. A local fishing industry was established quite early, having access to both the Bay and to
A telegraph station was built in 1856, and a municipal borough created in 1863. Its name is "Queenscliffe", and includes the town of
Around this time several other institutions began.
Today it remains a holiday resort village, still has military connections, continues its tradition of fishing and plays a vital role in the smooth running of shipping to
With many of the relics of early settlement still in evidence. Visit Fort Queenscliff museum and stroll along the main street of this very well-heeled seaside town.
Taking the ferry from Queenscliff, we cross the Heads to Sorrento, which was once considered for the state capital. (Please see the notes at the bottom of this page)
Then through Portsea, a popular, but rather exclusive seaside holiday resort of some 550 people, located 6 metres above sea-level and 93 km south of Melbourne.
In the early 1850s a ship entered the bay carrying passengers stricken with yellow fever. Consequently a quarantine station was set up in 1852, just west of the present townsite. Some of the original limestone buildings remain.
We can take the scenic route along the Nepean Highway or hasten our journey via the Mornington Peninsula Freeway which will take us as far as Rosebud.
Cape Schanck is next on the agenda, with a tour of the lighthouse.
The Cape Schanck Lighthouse has served shipping since 1859. It was built from dressed limestone and sandstone and is significant because the original mechanisms are still in place.
The lighthouse is also significant for its construction features. It is built of limestone with a decorative bracketed gallery, rock face base course, tapered window and door openings and rare stone spiral staircase (one of only three pre 1863 surviving Lighthouses with a stone spiral staircase).
The energetic might like to walk down to Pulpit Rock.
Hastings is the administrative and commercial centre of Western Port and the principal industrial area of the Mornington Peninsula.
With a population of over 6000, it is located 62 kilometres south of Melbourne on the western shore of Western Port, just off the Frankston to Flinders Rd.
It is a popular tourist destination with a pleasant foreshore area and a large and modern boat harbour. Fine swimming and surf beaches are located nearby.
Western Port Marina is typically adorned with numerous pelicans. On the other side of the Hastings Bight is Long Island Point, the centre of a heavy industrial complex.
We return to Melbourne via the seaside Village of Hastings and into West Gippsland, before returning to your hotel.