Friday Five great outdoor things to do this week! 7th December 2012

1. Krowathunkoolong Keeping Place, Bairnsdale. This is one of the best Aboriginal Centres we’ve been to.  It is big enough to keep you entertained for an hour, but small enough to be absorbed.  The beautiful pictures of the past are worth seeing, and the artwork on the artifacts is so regionally distinctive.  Grattan, who manages the centre, is a wonderful Ambassador and teacher. They are near the main street in Bairnsdale and open Monday to Friday.

2. The Wimmera River, Horsham.  The mighty Wimmera River runs just south of the main street of Horsham, and a side-trip is really worthwhile.  Take Baker St off O’Callahans Pde, just north of the Wimmera River bridge. Follow it along, it becomes Eastgate Drive, then Barnes Blvd. All along here the riverside park is just gorgeous.  There are birds everywhere, walking tracks, picnic tables, dunnies (toilets) and carparking.  Well done Horsham council for your work here.   I’ll never use the highway again!

3. Fish & Chips on the beach, anywhere!  This is a great Aussie coastal tradition.  First – get out of the main city centre.  You can’t get real Fish & Chips in the city, you have to go to where the locals live. So if you’re staying in Melbourne, take the tram to Port Melbourne, St Kilda, Middle Park or Elwood.  Find an independent (mom & pop) Fish & Chip shop in the main shopping street – look for one with a decent queue of scruffy locals.  The ones where you sit down at a table with silverware are not what I’m talking about – you need one that does most of it’s business take-away, where they wrap the Fish & Chips in butchers paper.  Order – this is easy.  If you don’t know what to have just ask them for the normal for 2 people (or however many you are).  Normal is about $3 worth of chips plus a piece of battered Flake (usually shark) each. You can also order Dim Sims either steamed or fried – yummo! Get two of each just to try.  They often do great hamburgers at these places too.  Take your paper-wrapped dinner to the beach, and grab a six-pack of beer on the way at the local bottle shop.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not leave your rubbish on the beach after your dinner!!

4. Loch Ard B&B, near Loch Ard Gorge.  This is just the best boutique accommodation on the Great Ocean Road!  Owners Win and Don are wonderful hosts.  The location is just incredible – just inland from Loch Ard Gorge, in the farmland, with wild Kangaroos on the grounds in the morning and afternoon.  We stay here on the second night of our Great Ocean Road 3 day tour.

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Loch Ard B&B showing the ocean in the background.

5. Great Ocean Road 3 Day tour.  Come with us, and enjoy all the wildlife and hidden spots on this popular scenic coastline.  There is a surprising diversity of wildlife on the coastline, and our Wildlife Guides know where to look for animals. We often see Bandicoots, Seals, Penguins or Echidnas as well as Koalas, Kangaroos and Wallabies.  We see some rare and special birds along here as well – Hooded Plovers, Black-faced Cormorants, Rufous Bristlebirds and lots of waterbirds.

Image  <Southern Brown Bandicoot, pic by Paul, Wildlife Guide

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