Saturday, September 28, 2013

Day 1 Lakes Entrance 17/09

We set off mid morning to Lakes Entrance where we stayed with a friend for two nights. It began raining as we passed through Moe at about midday and became heavier and did not really stop until the following morning.


We took a couple of breaks along the way, firstly at Sale, once a river port with ocean access. We vaguely took a look around for the historic Sale swing bridge over the Latrobe River, but we couldn't find it. As we were a bit pressed for time and the weather was crook, we did not linger. Here is a link to a time lapse video of the bridge in action. Later when our LE friend told of the location, I realised we passed it when were amused by the sat nav device having us driving in a paddock and the image of the car doing 360 degree spins. We were driving on a newly opened road.

This is the local shire offices. Note the sticking out cafe window with people eating at a table.


Latrobe River at the Port of Sale. I am sure it would look better in the sunshine.

 
Our next leg stretching and back straightening was at Bairnsdale. This is a colourful roundabout with birch trees just coming into leaf.


An old pub and I guess with the lower storeys being more austere than the top storey, the top was added later.


 This is a very fine court house, still being used for the purpose. S'cuse the raindrop.


Our friend in LE is an artist and when I described the work we viewed a Bairnsdale art gallery to her, she described it as naive art. There were many similarly colourful works, but this one took my fancy.


We travelled through the town of Swan Reach to reach Lakes Entrance. The town name was familiar to me as the town was the home of prolific letter writer to The Age newspaper, Constance E Little. She later moved to Eaglehawk, a suburb of Bendigo and continued writing until nearly the time of her death in 2009. Media organisation Crikey paid tribute to here and author of The Resident Judge of Port Phillip posted about her here.

Once settled in at LE, our friend took us for a tour of the town, beginning with this remarkable house. If it hadn't been pissistantly raining, I would have left the sanctuary of the car and taken more photos.


Will the rain ever stop? It must be a nice view on a fine day. While the tourist and commercial part of Lakes Entrance is quite flat, many houses are built on the steep hills behind the flat shore area, as is our friend's abode. Most are focused towards the lakes for the view and it can seem a little peculiar to drive along the residential streets and see what are like the backs of houses.



This is the man made entrance from the wild seas of Bass Strait to the extensive salt water lakes. Tourism and commercial fishing are the town's livelihood and the entrance gives fishers easy access to the open sea.  A quick look at a map indicates that the lakes are not open to the sea anywhere else, so if this entrance was man made, how did the water come and go from the lakes in times past?  The entrance has to be constantly dredged to prevent it silting up.


The three us battled gale force winds, rain and eventually salt spray to view the open beach up close via a pedestrian and emergency vehicle causeway. We planned to join a lake cruise tomorrow. The damn weather better improve. Grey photos are not thrilling me.

22 comments:

  1. Clearly from these photos a very grey start to your holiday.

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    1. Indeed it was Victor. We were worried. We aren't English.

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  2. That remarkable house looks like something goblins or fairies might build deep in the woods.
    The photos are pretty good in spite of the rain.

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    1. River, from other angles, it is a rather grand and spacious house, especially for goblins and fairies.

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  3. Looks all very "British", even the rain ! Sat navs can be very moody ! am always fighting with her (it's female voice) and then she answers "recalculating" !!

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    1. Gattina, I suppose it is quite British. That is most of our heritage. I nearly chucked out sat nav out the car window. At least ours does not say recalculating, just has it on the screen.

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  4. The corner pub is utterly gorgeous; the courthouse might be unusual but it is very impressive.

    Gippsland must be an amazing place for guarding 19th and early 20th century treasures.

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    1. Hels, generally I don't think Gippsland has guarded its heritage. There are individual bits and pieces, but not a lot. As is often the case, the least prosperous towns have the best heritage buildings.

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  5. I like the house. It's very unique.

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    1. It is certainly unique Dina, and quite famous locally.

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  6. That's one of the most unique houses that I've ever seen in my entire life. I also love that courthouse. But that house...wow.

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    1. It is unique Keith, but Australia has many strange buildings.

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  7. Absolutely delightful - and almost free of people! I can almost feel the raindrops through the pictures. The fresh air must do you both good. How was the food?

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    1. Thanks Michael. The food our friend cooked for us was lovely. Otherwise, it was just food as we are used to. Nothing remarkable.

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  8. Some interesting photos especially that court house. Some of the other scenes are very reminiscent of an English Summer by the sea.

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    1. Fun60, my partner is English born and our friend lived most of her life in London and both seemed quite resistant to the weather. Me? Not so much.

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  9. I've been to Sale many years ago I imagine it has changed a bit . I like the pub even though it looks a bit short on the top story and the painting is colourful and bright, hope the rain you are getting comes up here we need it.
    Merle....... ........ ...........

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    1. Merle, perhaps it hasn't changed a huge amount. I wish the weather had been nicer and we had more time there. Yes, there is something wrong with the proportions of the hotel, or maybe my camera work. This was over a week ago. I have altered the titles so there isn't confusion.

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  10. "Pissistantly" raining.
    Like.

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    1. Oh FC, I have misspelt the word.

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  11. bad luck with the weather but you still managed to see a lot.

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    1. T'was really only one day when it rained.

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