Thursday, March 31, 2016

Millionaires Walk, Sorrento, VIC

This stunning cliff top walk has historic significance as it was the first time the Union Jack was used to claim possession of Australia. On the 9th March 1802, Acting Lieutenant John Murray, commander of the 'HMAS Lady Nelson' took possession of Point King, later to be renamed Port Phillip Bay, in the name of His Sacred Majesty George III of Great Britain and Ireland. 

You can start the walk at either Point King Road or Lentell Avenue. Limited parking is available at both Point King Road and Lentell Avenue.
Although there are gates at both ends of the track and at points along the way, there is a public right-of-way along the easement. The undulating track is well-maintained, on mostly natural surfaces, which makes it an easy walk for all ages.

The walk allows you to gain an insight into how Melbourne's elite spend time at their summer mansions, and the chance to quietly peruse some highly-priced private architecture.  
At certain points it feels as if you may be trespassing, due to the intimate nature of walking on front lawns which would usually be hidden behind high fences.

On one side, there are elegant houses with beautifully landscaped gardens; on the other, a low shrubby cliff dropping down to rows of boat houses and private jetties that stretch out through the shallows of a bay.

The water views across Port Phillip Bay to the Bellarine Peninsula, Melbourne and Mount Dandenong are breathtaking.

The Sorrento-Queenscliff passenger and car ferry makes regular trips multiple times each day.

Millionaires Walk makes up a small part of the Sorrento Portsea Artists’ Trail, with four of the fourteen sites that comprise the trail located along Millionaires Walk. Paintings by Sir Arthur Streeton, Arthur Boyd and Ray Hodgkinson are displayed along the walk.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Autumn Hues

We are almost through the first month of Autumn in Australia. South-east QLD has a mild, sub-tropical climate, so we don't see a mass of Autumn colour like there is in the cooler temperatures.

There isn't a huge definition in our seasons, and some times I really miss the beauty of those distinct seasonal changes.

Just as the seasons of nature constantly change, life also transitions naturally from one season to the next. Some seasons are more difficult than others, but as we journey through life it is important to remind ourselves that the different seasons we experience are just as temporary as they are in nature.

The seasons in life serve to build character, help us grow, make us stronger, teach us about life and prepare us for the future. It is also important to find peace and gratitude, even through the difficult seasons...

“Happiness is a state of mind, a choice, a way of living; it is not something to be achieved, it is something to be experienced.” ― Steve Maraboli

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Friday, March 18, 2016

A Quiet Walk by the Water

How often do we take for granted the beauty of the world around us?

Sometimes a nice quiet walk down near the water is just what the doctor ordered --

A seat to sit and take in the serenity...

And to end the day -- This!
It is well with my soul.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

The township of Beachmere, tucked away in the northern section of Moreton Bay, is a quiet yet pleasant hideaway. 
Its location, north of Brisbane just above Deception Bay, where the mouth of the Caboolture River flows into the bay, makes it an ideal spot for boating, fishing and birdwatching. You can also enjoy watching millions of tiny soldier crabs scuttling along the mud flats at low tide.

The Sharp-tailed Sandpiper is a medium sized wader with a straight black bill that has an olive-grey base. It has a chestnut crown and nape, a white eyebrow, and reddish brown upperparts, with each feather having a black centre. The rump and tail are black, with white outer margins visible in flight. The wings have an indistinct white bar. The breast and flanks are white, streaked and speckled black, with a reddish brown tinge on the chest, grading into a white belly and undertail. The legs are olive. This species is commonly seen with other waders during its migration from northern breeding grounds.

Out at Beachmere, we also spotted many other birds including, Osprey, Black-winged Stilts, Eastern Curlew, Curlew Sandpipers, Great Knots, Gull-billed Terns, White-faced Herons, and more.

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