Sunday, 30 September 2012

Oz Trip - Day 152

Day 152 – 30/9/2012 – Port Fairy

It was going to be a bit of a shorter day kilometres wise mainly so that we could get to Port Fairy, have a bit of a look around and then find a place to watch the NRL grand final. The first stop of the morning was Mount Gambier.



Just out of sheer luck as we were driving around town we found the Blue Lake. The Blue Lake is one of three extinct volcanoes that is full of water. The lake changes colour twice a year, March and November. It changes from a steely blue to a turquoise and back again. It is also a source of water for the city with water pumped out to storage tanks and then gravity fed to the city.



On the way around the Blue lake we also came across the abandoned hospital that over looks the city. Apparently it has been abandoned for about 13 years. It had great views over the city.


Again we passed through a lot of small towns on the way to Portland. It also was a nice town by the harbour.




We arrived in Port Fairy at lunch time. After setting up camp at the van park we spent a bit of time walking around the wharf area. There were also a lot of old stone buildings around the town centre.

The van park grounds


Nice big sites


The old mill turned into a house.




We found a nice friendly pub called the Star Hotel to watch the footy final. So friendly in fact that we ended up sitting beside the publican who made sure we had some of the best seats in the house.

The Star Hotel, the only independently owned hotel left in town.

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