We made a couple of trips inland from The Great Ocean Road to the west of Melbourne.
From the end of The Great Ocean Road at the attractive and attractively named town of Port Fairy, we travelled back to Melbourne inland via Ballarat, Daylesford and Trentham.
Ballarat is an example of a gold rush town that has seen better days but is now fighting back. Daylesford was a disappointment and with hindsight we spent too long there – probably our first tactical error. Trentham was lovely with great shops, restaurants and walks. One of these provided my first sighting of kangaroos.
There is interesting plant and wildlife, especially unfamiliar and often noisy birds, almost everywhere we have been in Australia. Our trips inland to a couple of waterfalls were particularly remarkable in this respect.
One was located along a long single lane track cut through old eucalyptus forest. The trunks soared on either side like an incredible cathedral nave with tree ferns carpeting the forest floor. In a clearing we had our first wallaby sighting.
The other waterfall visit required a steep walk. During this, a brown, lengthy and impressively mean-looking snake crossed the steps a couple of feet away from me. Fortunately, my reflexive step back sent me tumbling into the bank and not down the precipice on the other side of the path! The snake stayed firmly in my mind for a few days afterwards – especially after I was told it’s the brown ones that are dangerous.
Melbourne is safer!