Point Lonsdale to Queenscliff Walking trail.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the City with a visit to Point Lonsdale. Point Lonsdale is a beautiful sea side town just over 100kms from Melbourne. 


Point Lonsdale is one of the Headlands (along with Point Nepean) that frame the Rip or the heads, the only entrance for shipping coming into the port of Melbourne. It is a beautiful place to visit, to stop and have a coffee, for the kids to play at the large playground, and a magical place to walk. 


Point Lonsdale / Queenscliff now has an amazing walking trail along the beach that shows off the best of the Bellarine Peninsula’s Beaches.


The trail is called ‘the quality of life trail’ it is a walking, jogging, and cycling trail that connects Queenscliff to Point Lonsdale, (or the locals may argue connects Point Lonsdale to Queenscliff.


The local decided that they wanted encourage locals and tourists alike to enjoy the area, whilst getting fit and healthy and the 5.5km long, largely flat trail was the outcome. The trail is great for people of any fitness level, whether prams, cyclists, joggers or people wanting a more leisurely stroll. The trail is 5.5kms one way or 11kms return.

Every 500 metres there is markers to let you know the distance, there are entrances back up to the road, or down to the beach.


On my recent walk as I journeyed along snug in my beanie, gloves and warm coat, I watched in awe the amazing men and women climbing into the icy water with nothing more than bathers and a swimming cap to keep them warm. There were many other people braving the cold water on surf and body boards. 


If you are lucky you may see some freighters going through the heads, or depending on the time of year you may see Humpbacks and Southern Right whales. 

Lake Wendouree – Ballarat

Lake Wendouree – Ballarat

A visit to Ballarat would not be complete without a visit to “The Lake” Lake Wendouree.

Who would have thought that this gorgeous lake a tourist draw card of Ballarat that has over 3,860 ML of water was dry from 2004 until 2010, especially now with the Lake overflowing flooding 90% of the boat sheds dotted around.

Lake Wendouree is a large shallow lake located in Ballarat, it is an artificial lake that was made when the Yuille swamp was dammed back in the 1850s for use as the water supply during the Gold rush.

The name Wendouree (which is also the name of the neighbouring suburb comes from the WS Yuille the initial surveyor of the swamp. When he arrived at the swamp he found a local indigenous women there. Interested about the local name he asked her and she replied “WENDAAREE” and with that the name was recorded, incidentally what she was trying to tell him was to “Go away”.

So the Lake name means “Lake go away”

lake wendouree

lake wendouree

lake wendouree

lake wendouree

lake wendouree

lake wendouree

lake wendouree

Now is a great time to go for a walk around the lake with 6k of great walking / jogging / riding track. There are 4 great cafe’s / restaurants dotted around, a kiosk and on the weekends an ice -cream tram.

There is also a historic vintage electric tramway that operates around the botanical gardens side of the lake.

Paddle steamers, Rowing, Canoeing and fishing also make up a large reason that it is a big tourist drawcard in Ballarat.

Nature’s Window – Kalbarri

Nature’s Window.

6 and a half hours north of the Perth is the beautiful coastal town of Kalbarri, and a perfect place to see Nature’s Window.

However if you are driving from Perth their are many other great stops along the way.

Kalbarri is a gorgeous coastal town where the Murchison River meets the Indian Ocean.

Their are daily opportunities to feed the local pelicans, Kalbarri is a great place to fish, walk and relax.

The national Park has great gorges with some fantastic walks.

Wildflowers are in bloom between July and November with over 800 species ready to bloom.

The gorges carved by the Murchison river in Kalbarri National Park provides great short and long walks to see some spectacular lookouts.

The standout would be the walk to see “Nature’s Window”. This is only 400 metres from the carpark is a natural rock arch that frames the Murchison river perfectly.

If you are up for a long walk it is part of an 8km loop that begins and ends at “Natures Window”.

The sandstone rock is a great photo opportunity and the view looks different depending on the angle lighting that you see it through.

Kalbarri Nature's window

Kalbarri Nature's window

Kalbarri Nature's window

Kalbarri Nature's window

Kalbarri Nature's window

Kalbarri Nature's window

 

 

 

 

Grampians – Great Walks around Australia

Grampians – Great Walks around Australia

Situated only an hour and a half from Ballarat is the picturesque Grampians national park, a great spot to stay, or day trip.

The Grampians has a huge variety of walking experiences from short (children friendly) walks to multi day walks.

My favourite family friendly walk is “Venus Baths” a 2.3km round trip.

This is a shady track, that is easy to walk and ends up at a beautiful rock pool “Venus Baths”

It’s a loop with one way you end up crossing a marvellous footbridge and the other follows a track along the creek.

If you love wildflowers then this is a great place to visit, the home of more than a third of Victoria’s wildflower species. Whether you look up to the horizon or down to the wildflowers the views are spectacular.

Three Capes track – Tasmania

Australia’s great Walks

Three Capes track – Tasmania

The gorgeous Three Capes track walk was only recently opened and starts and ends at the Historic Port Arthur Site. The Path itself is about a meter wide and is often made up of gravel, rock or timber surfaces. The Path itself has no fences blocking your view of the amazing site.

Its a Four day / 3 night walk with easy to moderate terrain.

Along the way you stay in Cabins that are equipped with comfortable beds, Gas cooktops, dining tables, so you don’t need to cart your tent with you.

www.threecapestrack.com.au

QUICK FACTS
46 km walk over 4 days
Grade – Easy – moderate
SKILL LEVEL – You need to be able to comfortably walk 4 hours a day for 4 days in a row.
Accommodation – Shared Cabins with bunk facilities and Host Ranger stying at each location to answer questions, toilets, Cabin on 2nd night has cold water shower, Charging stations for mobile phones
Mobile coverage – Mobile coverage is quite good on Day 1 and 2, intermittent on day 3 and 4.
Long term parking available for your car and caravan at Port Arthur site

Awesome walks around Australia – Part 2 Walks near Alice Springs

Awesome walks around Australia – Part 2 Walks near Alice Springs

Now what if you are travelling with young children in your Jayco Ballarat Caravan but still want to get out and go for some walks around Australia in part 2 we have compiled a list of Family friendly walks around Alice Springs

Standley Chasm

Standley Chasm is a relatively easy walk located only 50 km from Alice spring via a sealed road.

It is located on Aboriginal land so costs $10 for adults ($8 for Concessions/seniors) $6.50 for children. There are family tickets available for $25 (2 adults and 2 Children)

Gates are open between 8am and 5pm and the view at the end is simply magical.

The walk is easy, when we did this walk our daughter was 22 months old and she was able to walk some of the way (we also piggy backed her a bit) it took us about 40 minutes return including taking lots of photos.

There are some rocky sections so I would recommend good walking shoes.

Glen Helen Gorge and Homestead – Walk through the Dry Finke River

A short ten minute walk takes you to the Finke River and waterhole, the water was cold but the view was magnificent. Our children loved that they walked through the dry river bed and then once they got to the end where the water was had a great time paddling in the cold clear water.

The homestead is the perfect place for lunch with an amazing selection of lunch meals available in the Outback bar, between 11am -2:30pm
Their is also dinner available in the Namatjira Gallery Restaurant

Ormiston Gorge and Waterhole

Just 12 km from Glen Helen Homestead is the iconic waterhole.

When we visited it was just a little two cold for a swim, in saying this our 7 and 9 year old where quite happy to get their feet wet.
The walk down to the waterhole was very easy, so easy and flat in fact you could push a stroller down near the water’s edge. Only takes about 5 minutes.

There are a couple of other walks that go from Ormiston Gorge,

The Ghost Gum Lookout walk

will take you about 20 minutes to get to the edge of the Roe Creek, the walk illustrates the native plants of the area with scattered signs giving you insight into the flora and fauna of the area.

The Ormiston Pound Walk

is much longer about 3-4 hours and completes a full circle from the Visitor Centre, wanders through hills, dropping into the flat expanse of the pound, then returning along the gorge via the main Waterhole.

The last walk is the Ochre pits

, this is only a very short 300m walk so easy our 22 month old walked the whole way, and it is definitely worth it.
The colors are amazing, you want to bring your camera for this one.

So pack your runners and go for some walks around Australia, and see the countries natural beauty.

Awesome walks around Australia – Part 1 The Overland Track

Awesome walks around Australia – Part 1 The Overland Track

So you have your Jayco Ballarat Caravan and you are heading off on your trip, not content to sit idly in Caravan Parks? Then we have a list of some great walks around Australia guaranteed to get you out and about in the Australia’s beautiful scenery.

Tasmania – Overland Track (65KM)

The overland track runs straight through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park (The home of the Iconic Cradle Mountain).

Not for the fainthearted this trek will take you six to seven days, in an area that year round can experience, Sun, rain wind or even snow.

You need to book (1st October – 31st May and pay a Fee (Overland Track Fee) $200 for Adults, $160 for Seniors, Children under 17 (Walk not recommended for children under 8) as well as a national Parks Pass.

This contribution helps with the management of the track, huts, toilets, signage and staffing.

The Overland Track walk starts at Ronny Creek in Cradle Valley, situated beside the majestic Cradle Mountain.

Following hour is based on being moderately fit. Allow a couple more if you are a bit of a paparazzi with the camera.

Day 1 –
Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley
(10.7Km)
(4-6 Hours)
Day 2
Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere
7.8km
(2.5 – 3.5 hours)
Day 3
Lake Windermere to Pelion
16.8km
(5-7 hours)
Day 4
Pelion to Kia Ora
8.6km
(3-4 hours)
Day 5
Kia Ora to Windy Ridge (Bert Nichols Hut)
9.6km
(3.4-4.5 hours)
Day 6
Windy Ridge to Narcissus (Ferry terminal)
9km
(3-4 Hours)
Then it’s decision time, do you take the 30 minute ferry trip to Lake St Clair Visitor Centre or do you walk on one more day

Optional Day 7
Narcissus to Cynthia Bay (via the Lakeside track)
17.5km
(5-6 Hours)