We made the most of this beautiful, sunny day and did some things that were new to Jim and me.
Our first stop was a quick tour of the Queen Victoria Market. We got there ahead of the crowds so we got a good place to park and were able to move through the market without dodging lots of shoppers. We bought a variety of fruits, some cheese (my favorite double brie from King Island, TAS) and some mince beef (ground beef) for burgers for dinner tomorrow night. We marveled at the large variety of cuts of meat that were available, beef, pork, lamb and kangaroo. All parts of some animals were available for purchase, and I’ll leave it at that! The fish sellers were out in force and we enjoyed walking by their display cases. After a quick check of the live chickens for sale we returned to our car, without a live chicken, and put our cold stuff in a cooler and then fired up Sheila (GPS) to head us out the Mornington Peninsula.
Our destination on the Peninsula was the Cape Schanck lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in Victoria. Jim and I have not been here, so we weren’t sure what there was to do, but it is part of the Mornington Peninsula National Park, so we hoped there would be some hikes to do along the ocean. It was a very pleasant 1.5 hour drive to the Cape and we enjoyed the assortment of large sculptures along the main road.
The Cape Schanck lighthouse rose majestically above the surrounding area as we approached the ocean, but we never actually got close enough to touch it! The only way to see the lighthouse up close was to go on a tour and we did not want to wait around for that so we decided to see what the hiking had to offer. And boy, did we find a gem of a hike. A series of staircases lead us down to 2 beach areas far below the lighthouse. Both beaches featured black rocks and seaweed, some of the first we’ve seen since coming to Aussie-land. Our first stop was at Pulpit Beach. The tide was out and the seas were calm so we were able to walk around the beach and around a corner to get an excellent view of the huge rock formation, Pulpit Rock, out in the ocean, just off the shore.
We then crossed the low land connection to Pebble Beach (not the golf course!) and walked the long curve of this black beach, stopping to pick up shells, seaweed and natural sponges. It was such a beautiful day to be along the ocean! We then climbed lots of steps back up to the top of the cliffs and headed east on a cliff trail where we walked to a white sand beach where Main Creek flows into the ocean. Once again, we found a lovely ocean setting with some small crashing waves.
We drove home, arriving in time to get ready for the footy game. This meant layering on some warm clothes and carrying a few more for when we got cold in the stadium. Dave joined Bob, Sally, Jim and I for the game and we walked to the “G” arriving with time to catch the tail-end of the pre-game festivities. Our seats at previous games were in the lower level, but tonight, because the game was between 2 teams fighting for last place, we were able to get better seats in Level 2. These were awesome. First, being up a bit higher than the lower level gave us a better view of the whole field. Second, the seats were padded, which was warmer and more comfortable. And lastly, there was a bar and food area behind our section of seats which was heated! We all enjoyed the game, even though the score was a bit lopsided. We walked back to the apartment, dropped Dave off (he had had a full day by this point), and we headed out, in the car for the Vietnamese part of Melbourne to find dinner.
We had a good meal at the Thanh Phon restaurant and Jim and I will head back to this area some other time because there are lots of other restaurants that looked interesting.
It has been a good day, especially finding the beaches at Cape Schanck.