Barwon Heads, Victoria Australia Great Ocean Road

We went to an off-the-beaten-track spot for these photos of the famous Barwon Heads. Leanne Cole, our fabulous hostess, friend, and fellow blogger, came to a stop at an intersection in two roads that seemed like they were in the middle of nowhere. “Hmmm,” she said, looking down to the left where the new road dead-ended. “I wonder what’s down there?”

Well it wasn’t long before we were turning left, parking, and exploring.

First we came to this sign:

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The life of the Barwon begins in the Otway mountain ranges, where raindrops drip from eucalypts and giant tree ferns, into small, trickling creeks. These creeks wind their way through forests, farms and towns, combining to form one of this region’s most important rivers. The Barwon River is truly a river of life — it provides water to the people of Geelong, a home to many native wetland plant and animals and a relaxed lifestyle to all of us who spend time enjoying its beauty.
A meeting of two waters.
Here at Barwon Heads, the life of the river merges with the life of the sea. This natural meeting place teems with marine and freshwater animals, providing food for the abundant wildlife to be found in the Barwon’s mudflats, mangrove forests and rocky shores.
Like the river, the Barwon’s short-finned eels have a long journey of their own. These eels breed in Queensland’s Coral Sea and swim thousands of kilometers from the Barwon over the course of their lives.

Then we wondered what this industrial looking smoke-stack type thing was:

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And as we wandered I snapped shots of the coastline:

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And of course I had to capture a dead tree, or in this case, a denuded crap of brush:

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Then Leanne and I settled into trying to shoot stop-action waves while my hubby, the ever happy paleontologist-and-seaman-at-heart studied the rocks and gazed out over the waves.

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21 Food! (and setting) reasons to love Australia

Twas two days before Thanksgiving and the blogger was thinking about FOOD. Shopping and planning for the feast while reminiscing about food in Australia.

We ate lunch at one of the many restaurants by the river in Sydney:

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Near Bondi Beach we enjoyed lunch at a sidewalk cafe:

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P1060371After lunch, you could get a tattoo next door. My friend considered it. I did not. (I didn’t even get pierced ears until I was 30. (About a year ago. 😉 ))

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Looks like I had seafood again.

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In Melbourne, Leanne Cole and I split a basket of blueberry scones here:

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And of course, I had a flat white.

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Leanne then took us through more arcades and streets. At the end we saw DeGraves Street, which is closed to cars, lined by restaurants and filled with tables and heating lamps. We went back that night and had dinner at a tapas bar. We sat at a bench table inside as it was raining a bit, and just people watched. Since we accidentally ordered way too much food (tapas are supposed to be small plates!) we spent a few hours drinking champagne and lingering over the amazing food.

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The next day was epic! Leanne took us along The Great Ocean Road. We stopped for lunch in Lorne:

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where we all ordered the most amazing barramundi:

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I can’t leave out dessert! So here is a picture of a gelateria where we stopped to fortify ourselves with a couple scoops in Watson’s Bay, near Sydney.

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Watson’s Bay is stunning. On one side of this peninsula is the Pacific ocean:

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and on the other side is Sydney harbor:

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Watsons Bay

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Come back in a couple days for pictures of our Thanksgiving feast. In the meantime, enjoy life and bon appetit!