The travelling O'Connors travel blog

At the Victorian Border - between Mount Gambier and Nelson

At Portland they have a Community Tram, with the wharf in the...

Portland has very old Hotels too

Rob standing next to the Whalers Bluff lighthouse at Portland

The view of Portland from the lighthouse

Codrington Wind Farm

At Port Fairy where the Moyne River runs meets the sea

Lady Bay Lighthouse Warrnambool - now located at Flagstaff Hill

Whale watching at Logan's beach warrnambool

The breakwater at Warrnambool

This morning we woke to another beautiful sunny but cold day. We left Mount Gambier, and drove along the Princes Hwy heading for the Victorian border and Portland.

The town of Nelson is situated just at the border, so we stopped for a photo of the 'Welcome to Victoria' sign. We also now needed to turn our watches and clocks forward by half an hour - we are back on 'Eastern Standard Time', so no longer phoning at funny times.

We had an early lunch at Portland, then visited their visitor centre to gather some information about our travels further along to Port Fairy and Warrnambool. We had a look at the jetty and port, then went up to the lighthouse of Portland, which had great views.

After lunch, as we were driving on towards Port Fairy when we came across another wind farm - Codrington Wind farm. It had 30 turbines, and the information bay says that it started with 14 in 2001, so they have obviously been increasing the number since then, which is good - more renewable energy.

After our visit to the wind farm info bay, we then drove on to Port Fairy for a look around at their lovely old buildings, at the River Moyne, and where the river meets with the sea. Port Fairy has an interesting history including the fact that for a period of time the town had it's name changed to 'Belfast' (1843), and then renamed Port Fairy back in 1887.

By 3pm, we arrived in Warrnambool, and our caravan park for the night. We unpacked, and then headed for Logan's Beach to see if we could see some whales! There were lots of people looking out to sea and some surfers enjoying the waves. It wasn't quite like the 'Head of Bight' whale watching, but we did end up seeing two whales blowing and swimming, but not close enough to photograph. Apparently they get to see only a few at a time, as it is a big area. The Southern Right Whales come to Warrnambool to have their babies.

After whale watching we went to look at the breakwater and where the lighthouse is located. The breakwater was constructed to protect the harbour of Warrnambool in 1890. Back in the 1880's, it is said that Warrnambool handled more cargo than the Port of Melbourne, as it was a thriving deep sea port. The Lady Bay Lighthouse was originally located on Middle Island but got relocated to Flagstaff Hill. It has been in existence for 150 years.

Tomorrow we are going to travel along the Great Ocean Road to Bells Beach, for a weekend with our girls and their partners. I have been reading up on the Great Ocean Road - it was begun 1919 and completed 1932, with the road being dedicated to the memory of the First World War returned servicemen who built it using only picks and shovels! Tomorrows journey will be looked at differently, now that I know that the road is so special and considered the world's longest War Memorial!

Enjoy today's photos.

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