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The Great Ocean Road – Day 2   Leave a comment

Day 2 of our Great Ocean Road adventure started again bright and early from our overnightbed and breakfast stop at Butterfly Farm in Nirranda.  Mistakenly we decided to travel further along the road to Port Fairy which for the extra distance wasn’t worth the effort or the petrol.  Our trip back towards Melbourne gave us the first chance to see a kangaroo……11 months in Australia and our first!  The improved weather made it safe enough to visit some of the more exposed cliff areas and see the rock formations called the Blow Hole and London Arch which was formerly known at London Bridge before corrosion and the elements led it to collapse into the sea.  We managed to spot Kuala’s in the trees (not easy to do initially) and enjoy the Englishesque countryside.

A great great couple of days.

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The Great Ocean Road – Day 1   Leave a comment

Our final activity in Australia was hiring a car and driving the great ocean road which runs south of Melbourne along the south east coast of the country . We set off in our little rented Nissan Tiida very early in the morning. The plan to get to our booked bed & breakfast ready for bedtime. The scenery was spectacular with rugged cliffs, secluded beaches and far far reaching piers. Day one was mega windy and showery but didn’t damped our spirits. It was just like a summer day out in the UK . On our first day we visited the 12 Apostles rock formation, Lorne lighthouse and Apollo Bay. The reception we got at our B& B was fantastic and made even better still by our bed having an electric blanket.

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Teaser shot of the our Great Ocean Road Adventure   1 comment

Last week Kerry and I had a great trip on the Great Ocean Road south of Melbourne.  Here is a teaser shot.

 

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Stefan Palmer

The Great Ocean Road Trip….Booked!   1 comment

Excited…..Great Ocean Road Trip booked.  The plan is to  hire a car from Geelong travel the coastal road to Portland with a overnight stop off in Nirranda then back to Geelong the next day across country.  Can’t wait.  The camera will be busy those few days.

The route in blue

Melbourne at night   1 comment

Melbourne looks stunning at night time. Everywhere you look is another great photo waiting to be taken.  My night time shoot coincided with a visit to Melbourne by Alana, our house mate in Townsville, Queensland, while we were doing our Divemaster training.  She was in town to see our very own legendary David Attenborough give a talk and the fabulous Regal Theatre.  It was great to catch up and show Alana some of Altona while she was staying with us.

Back to the shoot.  With a few shots taken with Alana with us, Kerry and I disappeared into the City, while Alana was at the show.  Now  I wish I had done this shoot in the summer when it was warmer.  Kerry and I were freezing.  It was also blowing a gale unfortunately making some of my images unusable (not noticed until I got home) until I tweaked my camera settings.

We managed to spot a possum while down near the river.  Being a Brit I just thought it was a cat at first until Alana put us right.

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 22/08/2012 by Stefan Palmer in Australia

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A little night time teaser image   Leave a comment

Posted 16/08/2012 by Stefan Palmer in Australia

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Shrine of Rememberence   Leave a comment

With less than a month to go before we leave Melbourne and Australia for good, Kerry and I are ticking off the list of places we want to visit.  This weekend we visited the Shrine of Remembrance on the outskirts of the city centre.  Opened in 1934 it is an impressive building with a museum beneath it about the conflicts the Australian people have fought in.  In a way visiting the Shrine took me back to Volgograd, Russia our visit to which seems so long along now (June 2011).  What I didn’t even think about until visiting the Shrine of Remembrance was that when the Australians entered the war in Europe, just how far away they were from home.  To me, of course, Europe is a quick hop over the Channel.  It would have taken these brave souls weeks to get to the action and they would have been thinking about what to expect while travelling.  It makes me shiver at the thought.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

Posted 10/08/2012 by Stefan Palmer in Australia