That I should take a break from posting about my European Travels and show the beauty of what’s happening around me in Australia’s Spring.
Melbourne is a big city but it has some havens for wildlife, especially bird life.
The Koroit Creek estuary is only a few kilometres from me and a wonderful place to see pelicans, spoonbills, egrets, herons, and swans
Laverton Creek estuary is a Ramsar site for migratory birds. There are so many birds there at the moment. I remember a couple of weeks back, a flock of red necked avocets flew overhead as I was cycling along. The sight took my breath away.
A short walk away from me in Newport Lakes, a beautiful urban forest with beautiful bush birds.
And a reptile or two as well.
Spring time is just so beautiful as nature comes to life. The heat of summer is yet to come, and warm dry days interchange with cooler damp ones.
The King and Ovens rivers in Victoria’s north east are central to a major gourmet region of Austraia. An area of fine wines, cheeses, other high quality produce.
The rivers with their head waters in the Australian Alps wind their way through fertile land as tributaries to the Murray River, Australia’s longest river.
It is Autumn here so the grape vines and deciduous trees add colour to the landscape.
While the night temperatures are getting cold the autumn days are still sunny and warm. This region is about 3 hours north of Melbourne with beautiful riding through the hills to get to the little cottage where I was staying.
Mount Buffalo sits at the head of the Ovens Valley and is a beautiful place for a ride and a hike. From the peak there is a spectacular view across to the Australian Alps.
The cold nights have put little snow caps on Mounts Bogong, Hotham and Feathertop.
It was beautiful hiking under a cloudless sky with beautiful views along the way.
The area has some great pubs perfect for a cold beer after a hike.
The cottage had a perfect view of the sun rising over the hills and the morning mist caught in the valley.
In the bush the old trees attract beautifully coloured birds such as the Crimson Rosella.
And the clear skies gave a perfect view of the milky way.