Road trip across Australia – Day 10 Teesdale

We’d done a fair bit of driving over the past nine days, so it was nice not to have to venture too far today, but we did decide to do some local sightseeing.
Teesdale is a small rural town just 10 kilometres west of Bannockburn, which is a larger rural community about 25 kilometres northwest of Geelong, which is Victoria’s second largest city, situated in Coria Bay which forms part of Port Philip Bay.
We had a delightful breakfast at a berry farm in Teesdale, and bought a few of their homemade jams to take with us.
We were told to visit the Geelong waterfront as it was reputed to be quite interesting, so we did. It was another cold, Victorian day and we did manage to get good views of Corio Bay, and visit the waterfront to see its locally famous bollards.
The bollards are wooden pylons, which are about 2 metres in height, and are painted to represent people of various occupations from Geelong’s past. I don’t know exactly how many bollards there are, but it seems to be dozens of them.
There is quite a nice path which straddles the seawall, and a walk along it reveals a sailing club, commercial and industrial watercraft, a helicopter offering tourist flights (I would have taken a flight, but weight restrictions applied, and I probably weighed more than the helicopter so gave it a miss).
Naturally, there are various cafes and restaurants along the waterfront, and also a carousel, which was proving to be popular.
I also walked up into the town proper, where there a good many old buildings that had been well renovated. One of these was the Information Centre and Wool Museum, where the staff were exceptionally helpful.
We then opted to visit Portarlington, which my wife had visited as a child and thought it was just a little bit out of town, but it turned out to be 32 kilometres out of town on the Bellarine Peninsular.
Fortunately, it was mostly an attractive drive. I say mostly because you do have to drive through the Geelong industrial area to get there, but even that wasn’t too grimy.
The Bellarine Peninsular is located on the western side of Port Philip Bay, and extends around past the head of the Bay to Bass Strait. It is obviously a popular holiday spot for Victorians, and Portarlington seems to be typical of the Bellarine towns.
The main shopping precinct is located on a ridge which overlooks Port Philip Bay, and is a typically pretty seaside town. We bought some lunch from a local bakery, which seemed to be doing a boom trade while we were there, but we took our lunch away to a better viewing spot.
By this time it was quite sunny and the Bay was beautiful. From our vantage point we could get about a 270 degree view of the Bay, which included clear views of the Dandenong Ranges and Melbourne’s city centre with its high rise buildings.
We lingered awhile, then followed a road further around the Bellarine coastline, passing many beaches and holiday homes, until we set off on the hour’s drive back to Teesdale.

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