Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Morning Peninsula Tour

Only one hour from Melbourne, I followed the Bunyip tour to Mornington Peninsula. This tour only available during Spring & Summer season. As I mentioned earlier, Melbourne has a reputation for unpredictable weather. And it's damn HOT that day. I'm almost melted.

On the way, I saw a lot of the grafiti drawing seen in Australia building

The weather is killing me and I am in a bad goddamn mood to do anything. I did not enjoy the trip in the beginning because the tour guide was not so friendly.

Stopped at Sorrento for lunch. The town is known for its historic buildings, cafes, shopping and resident population of Bottlenose Dolphins.

A Victorian-style sunken garden has been established around the museum

Lavendars everywhere

Yippie!! I found something that can chill me down

Gelato, my savior

all looks yummy

but I only love chocolate flavor

Everwhere I go, I smell Lavendar

tadah~ My favorite shots of Lavendar

Lavendar vs the bee

enjoying my gelato on the sunny

introduce my best companion , SUNPLAY ;)

Then we stopped by at the entrance to the bay at Port Phillip Heads

Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park are popular for a range of recreational pursuits from snorkeling and SCUBA diving through to passive recreation on the beach.

sandy beach

The town is located about six meters above sea level so many residents have great view of the surrounding ocean.

deep blue sea

Portsea is a popular holiday spot

Portsea also considered by many to be the hub of Melbourne's recreational scuba diving activities

Portsea Pier

Continue our tour to Point Nepean National Park, one of Victoria’s beautiful natural landscapes. It's within the suburb of Portsea. The park history has played an important role in shaping the early settlement, quarantine and defense of Victoria. At here we can explore the military forts and tunnels, discover the historic Quarantine Station, view the memorial where Prime Minister Harold Holt went missing.

A huge map display location of Mornington Penisula inside Information Centre

An entrance to wait for transporter and will take us to Fort Nepean

my first ride on the transporter

ride the transporter to the Quarantine Station which only accessible by walking, cycling or transporter.

Fort Nepean played a major part in Australia's defense strategy for about 60 years

stunning views of Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait

Our transporter stop at Fort Nepean. Get off here and explore the fortifications and stunning views out across the Heads of Port Phillip Bay.

Here from the lookout you can clearly see the Rip on the left hand side meeting the calmer waters of Pot Phillip Bay on the right

Within the park, I saw the point at Cheviot Beach where Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared while swimming in 1967

Looking east towards Observatory Point

Engine House ruins on Point Nepean

inside the engine's house

The engine house was an integral part of Fort Nepean when it was built in 1880

The first series of forts built to protect the entrance to Port Philip Bay

Look at the stairs and I almost fainted -_-ll

115 stairs walk up a hill takes you towards the main fortifications of Fort Pearce and Fort Nepean

climbed up the stairs under the hot sun wasn't fun at all

Point Nepean Port Phillip facing side

Fort Nepean is a series of military fortifications dating back to the 1880s with stunning views of Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait. Explore the gun emplacements where the first shots were fired in World War I and the first allied shots in World War II.

one of the Gun Emplacements

Barracks at Fort Pearce

the spot from which the first shot of WWI was fired

One of the gun emplacements at the fort

I was told that this spot are the first official shot of WWI. After declaring war on Germany, there was a German ship docked in Port Phillip Bay. As it tried to make its escape back to friendly territory, the cannon at Gun Emplacement No. 6 fired a warning shot across its bow, and the Germans turned back and surrendered.

Fort Nepean bunkers

explore more on the old tunnels

After exploring around, we had to wait for the transporter to fetch us back to the information center. The sun was scorching hot and there were many flies. While waiting, we were attacked by flies here and there. Irritating and I hate it!!

wow, unexploded bombs

scary man if the bombs suddenly explode for no reason

Overall, it was fun to explore the historic Point Nepean that has been essentially closed to the public for the last 150 years except for the hot weather and damn irritating flies. If you are not at all interested in the history of the world wars, then yeah, its as boring as it sounds. But I can guarantee my dad will love this trip so much ^^

our unfriendly tour guide get lost and she referring to the map to drive us back to Melbourne city.

strawberries from Sunny Rigde, Strawberry Farm

I ate the strawberries for my dinner before heading out to Skydeck 88!!

save cost ;)


"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

this was last spring or summer? freezing cold in bed and i read HOT, dont mind that for a few hours.

MooNkitty said...

haha, sorry for my outdated travel post. That was my last year early November trip to Melbourne.

MooNkitty said...

and beginning of Spring season ;)