Worldwide Photo Walk 2014

Last year, Theo and I attended the Worldwide Photo Walk and we loved it so decided to do it again. As the name suggests, Scott Kelby’s Annual Worldwide Photo Walk takes place in cities around the world. Photographers of all walks of life and skill levels gather to explore, shoot, and just hang out. Our local organiser was, once again, Robert Groom. Robert is a super nice, very skilled and creative photographer, and I know I…

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The London Tavern, Historic Beechworth

Last weekend, Theo and I had the pleasure of spending a few days at the London Tavern in the historic gold-mining town of Beechworth. Beechworth is a picturesque historical town located north-east Victoria. It’s famous for its gold rush boom during the mid-1850s. It’s also famous for its links to outlaw Ned Kelly. Built in stages between 1859 and 1864, the London Tavern was the first brick hotel in Beechworth and was notable for its…

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Weekend at Mornington Peninsula Beaches

Last weekend, Theo and I went away with our local photography club. With just my iPhone and Canon point-and-shoot, I’m not much of a photographer, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go to the beach and explore a new area. We went to Rye along the Mornington Peninsula. We stayed at the holiday home of one of the club’s members and Friday night was all about settling in and yummy barbecue. On Saturday,…

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Worldwide Photo Walk 2013

Last weekend, Theo and I attended the Worldwide Photo Walk. The Worldwide Photo Walk is a social photography event in which photographers all over the world gather to walk around, shoot photos, and just hang out. I don’t fancy myself much of a photographer and my point-and-shoot camera sticks out in the sea of fancy cameras, but Theo is an enthusiast, and we both enjoy going out and snapping away. The local walk was organized…

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The Sacred Hearth Cathedral

Bendigo

A few weekends ago, Theo and I took the country as we sometimes do on a Sunday afternoon. One of our stops was the provincial city of Bendigo and we visited the lovely Sacred Heart Cathedral. I’m a Pagan with a soft spot for Roman Catholic history, art, and architecture.  The Sacred Heart Cathedral may not be as grand or old as Europe’s medieval cathedrals, but it does not disappoint. Sacred Heart is one of…

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The Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Traveling the Great Ocean Road is an absolute must if you’re in Victoria. This 151-mile road runs along Australia’s south-eastern coast and provides breathtaking views and access to beautiful landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles. I took over a hundred photos. You can see more at my Flickr.

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Puffing Billy Railway

The Puffing Billy is a heritage railway in the Dandenong Ranges. Running 15.6 miles, the railway line opened in 1900 to serve the local farming and timber community. It stopped running in 1953 after a landslide blocked a portion of the line and closed formally in 1954.  A group of people saw something special in it and formed the Puffing Billy Preservation Society in 1955.  Today, there is a small, paid staff involved in Puffing…

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The Convent at Daylesford

Daylesford is an interesting place. With a population of just over 3,000, to an American, it might seem like a sleepy, conservative, little town. Daylesford is pretty progressive though and is known as a spa town and a centre for “alternative lifestyles”. Aside from traditional spa treatments, you can find reiki, aromatheraphy, reflexology, and other forms of alternative and spiritual healing. It appears to have a thriving GLBT community and a Pagan one as well. It…

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The Werribee Park Mansion

The same day that Theo and I visited the Werribee Open Range Zoo, we visited the Werribee Mansion. Werribee Mansion was built by brothers Thomas and Andrew Chirnside between 1874 and 1877. The brothers had come to Australia from Scotland with little more than a few hundred pounds and a Bible. They invested in the developing agricultural industry. On a visit to Scotland, Thomas fell in love with his first cousin Mary and asked for…

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The Werribee Zoo

Today we visited the Werribee Open Range Zoo. This African-themed zoo sits on 560 acres in Werribee Park, which is about 20 miles outside of Melbourne. The highlight is the Safari Tour, which lasts about 40 minutes and gives a nice view of hippos, rhinos, giraffes, camels, and several kinds of antelope. The Werribee Zoo also features three walking trails where you can see carnivorous animals such as cheetah, lions, and monkeys, as well as…

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Travel in Victoria

Last week I wrote about some of the places that make for great day trips from Melbourne. It appears you can go to places like the Yarra Valley and Daylesford in an hour or two. Beyond these, there are some other areas in broader Victoria that I want to visit. Heading northbound, there’s Ballarat, a Victorian era boomtown that drew people from all over the world when gold was discovered there in 1851. “The Golden City”…

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Side Trips from Melbourne

I think Theo and I will be able to get in the car, drive in any direction, and we’ll hit some beautiful place that he’ll struggle to tear me away from. That is, of course, until I spot some harmless critter that I’m sure to be convinced is the most toxic creature on the planet and wants to kill me. Then I’ll be running towards the car and crying to go home. For now, however,…

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