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Mount Richmond National Park

Mount Richmond National Park

Portland Nelson Rd, Gorae West, Victoria, 3305
Email: info@parks.vic.gov.au
Website: parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/mount-richmond-national-park

Mount Richmond is an extinct volcano surrounded by low, flat land. The volcano is covered with a layer of sand blown inland long ago from Discovery Bay. With spectacular spring wildflowers and abundant wildlife in unspoilt bushland, Mount Richmond is the perfect place to have a picnic, take a walk or simply drive to the summit and enjoy the magnificent views. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

Geelong Heritage Centre

Geelong Heritage Centre

26 Moorabool St, Geelong, Victoria, 3220
Email: heritage@geelongcity.vic.gov.au
Website: www.geelongaustralia.com.au/heritage
9049847 Phone Number: 61 03 5272 4970
Fax Number: 61 03 5221 1328

The Geelong Heritage Centre is Victoria's largest regional archive and history resource facility. The Centre provides public access to collection records for family history research, legal administrative recall, establishing citizen's rights and entitlements, cultural enjoyment and historical display purposes. The archive collection embraces the histories of locations in the City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast and Golden Plains Shires, dating back to 1838. The Geelong Heritage Centre has an extensive local and family history collection that includes council records, newspapers, reference works, maps and plans, photographs and oral histories. The Centre provides assistance and guidance to members of the general public in family, local history and school projects. The Geelong Heritage Centre has exhibitions of collection material for free public viewing all year round , and most of these displays are developed to enhance understanding of significant historic events, and, or celebrate anniversaries of major 'milestones' in Geelong and local district history. The Geelong Heritage Centre Reading Room is located on Level Two at the National Wool Museum in Geelong. The Centre collection consists of approximately 2 km of shelved archived material including over 40,000 images and more than 30km of microfilm. The Centre has a permanent staff of three, supported by a team of dedicated volunteers who help in a variety of ways. In 2012, the Centre received over 7000 visitor and client inquiries. The local community, as well as visitors from Melbourne and regional Victoria, interstate and international tourists have discovered amazing information about their ancestors who have lived, worked or travelled through the Geelong and surrounding region in the past. Visit online via the Centre's web page and access to the new historic image library is attached to it .

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Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary

Great Ocean Rd, Aireys Inlet, Victoria, 3231
Email: info@parks.vic.gov.au
Website: parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/eagle-rock-marine-sanctuary

Located at Aireys Inlet, this park protects 17ha of ocean waters and projects about 300m offshore. Composed of both hard basalt and rubbly limestone, the cliffs are full of caves and ledges. The shore is covered with boulders and offshore there are two large rocks: Eagle Rock and Table Rock. Table Rock has been levelled by incessant waves whereas Eagle Rock is a tall volcanic stack capped by limestone. The intertidal and subtidal, basalt and sandstone reefs provide habitats for many species. The rock platforms are covered in the iconic brown seaweed Neptune's Necklace which is unique to Australia and New Zealand. Within the rockpools you can find fascinating creatures such as octopus, chitons and decorator crabs. Offshore, Eagle Rock and Table Rock are fringed with swirling Bull Kelp and in deeper waters colourful sea tulips and encrusting sponges can be found. The beautiful habitat provided by these species supports a vast array of marine life from wrasse and mullet to Cat Sharks, Port Jackson Sharks, skates and rays. Many birds use the area as feeding and roosting habitat and at certain times of year you may also be able to spot whales passing through the area. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

Serendip Sanctuary

Serendip Sanctuary

100 Windermere Rd, Lara, Victoria, 3212
Email: info@parks.vic.gov.au
Website: parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/serendip-wetlands-education-facility

The sanctuary, an excellent example of the open grassy woodlands and wetlands of the volcanic Western Plains, is the perfect place to learn about and experience birdlife and wetlands ecology. See some of the 150 species of birds which breed at or visit Serendip Sanctuary from the bird hides. Birds can be seen within metres of the viewing areas preening, feeding, incubating eggs and rearing young. The Wildlife Walk is a popular walk offering close encounters with wildlife. Meander past emus and Eastern Grey Kangaroos grazing to viewing areas, hides and flight aviaries perfect for bird watching. You may be treated to Brolgas trumpeting, Whistling Kites soaring high overhead, magnificent Yellow-billed Spoonbills wading through the shallow water, or even a glimpse of the well hidden Tawny Frogmouth as it watches you pass by. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

Melba Gully

Melba Gully

Great Ocean Rd, Lavers Hill, Victoria, 3238
Website: parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/great-otway-national-park/things-to-do/melba-gully
9011580 Phone Number: 61 03 8627 4699

Known as the Jewel of the Otways, Melba Gully is one of the wettest places in the state. The gully has prolific plant growth and is a dense rainforest of Myrtle Beech, Blackwood and Tree-ferns, with an understorey of low ferns and mosses. Perhaps the most unusual inhabitants of the area are the glow worms, which can be seen at night along the walking tracks. The 35 minute Madsen's Track Nature Walk departs from the picnic area, providing an adventure into a world of ancient, mossy trees and cool fern gullies. Picnic tables, a gas barbecue and toilets are provided at this site. Camping is not permitted. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

The Arches Marine Sanctuary

The Arches Marine Sanctuary

Great Ocean Rd, Port Campbell, Victoria, 3269
Email: info@parks.vic.gov.au
Website: parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/the-arches-marine-sanctuary

Just off the coast near Port Campbell, The Arches Marine Sanctuary protects 45ha of remarkable seascape. This area is known for the above water limestone landscape, however 19 to 25m below the waves there is a labyrinth of towering limestone canyons, caves, arches and walls. It is these structures which give the park its name. The area is characterised by high energy waves and cool water with flows from the Southern Ocean. The complex structures beneath the waves provide a foundation for brilliantly coloured seaweeds and sponges to grow on. Due to the shaded underside of the underwater arches, habitats here are typical of those found in the deeper waters of Bass Strait. There is a diverse array of life including gorgonians, sponges, bryozoans and hydroids. The upper side of these structures are covered in the thick, brown kelp Ecklonia radiata with an understory of delicate red alage. These habitats support schools of reef fish, seals and a range of invertebrates such as lobster, abalone and sea urchins. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

The Clubhouse and 18th green

Barwon Heads Golf Club

Golf Links Rd, Barwon Heads, Victoria, 3227
Email: golf@bhgc.com.au
Website: www.bhgc.com.au
9131120 Phone Number: 61 03 5255 6255
Fax Number: 61 03 5255 6266

Nestled amongst the coastal dunes and metres from the spectacular 13th Beach Surf Coast, is Barwon Heads Golf Club, the highly ranked Barwon Heads links course presents an enjoyable challenge for all golfers. Widely recognised as a private club, visitors who are members of other golf clubs are invited as green fee players, and to stay in the house. The magnificent clubhouse, recently listed by the National Trust and Heritage Victoria, is famed for its ambience and old world charm. With stunning architecture and captivating views, it is a clubhouse designed for all seasons. House guests can enjoy the open balconies in summer or the luxurious open fires during the cooler months. Upstairs, there are 19 ensuite rooms, and a variety of packages are available incorporating your stay with golf, dining and entertainment. Other facilities include tennis courts, billiards, a driving range, a new short-game practice facility, a par three course and a professional shop. Take some well earned time off and be enchanted by 100 years of golfing history. Ranked number seven of Australia's top 100 public access courses by Ausgolf 2013 guide, number three in Victoria and rated in Australia's Top 10 public access courses by Golf Australia magazine.

Portland Maritime Discovery Centre

Portland Maritime Discovery Centre

Lee Breakwater Rd, Portland, Victoria, 3305
Email: portlandvic@glenelg.vic.gov.au
Website: www.visitportland.com.au/things-to-do/tours-charters-museums/discovery-centre/
9029811 Phone Number: 61 03 5523 2671
Fax Number: 61 03 5521 7287

At Portland Maritime Discovery Centre you'll experience a range of activities. Step inside the rib cage of our Sperm Whale skeleton. Unfold the history of Victoria's birthplace through Portland's images of the past. Explore treasures from the shipwreck trail. Discover your links with the sea. Unfold a wealth of activities available at our regional visitor information centre.

Birregurra Estate Olives

Birregurra Estate Olives

35 Kettle Lane, Birregurra, Victoria, 3242
Email: rculkin2@bigpond.com
Website: www.birregurraestateolives.com.au

Birregurra Estate Olives began in 1999, when the perfect paddock was found on Birregurra's rich soils in Victoria's western district. Once the land was secured, planting began and the dream became real. Four and a half thousand olive trees have since been planted. Most of them are Kalamata and they have been producing a continually increasing crop of delicious olives ever since. The olives are pickled on the property in a purpose built kitchen. Traditional recipes are used to process all the varieties of olives including, Kalamata, Italian-style black and green, 'mini Kalamata,' and Ligurian. Delicious tapenades are also available. Birregurra Estate Olives also produce first cold pressed, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, which has the clean, grassy aroma and flavour only this kind of oil can have. Once you have had it, you'll never go back.

Torquay Golf Club

Torquay Golf Club

1 Great Ocean Road, Torquay, Victoria, 3228
Email: info@torquaygolfclub.com.au
Website: www.torquaygolfclub.com.au
9155313 Phone Number: 61 03 5261 2005

Set within the backdrop of the Torquay and Jan Juc beaches, The Torquay Golf Club is a challenging course for all golfers. It features wide-open fairways and when the southerly wind is blowing off the ocean it feels like a links course with the challenge of keeping the ball under the wind required. This Par 66 golf course is not the longest course, but is surely a true test of golf. It is also, certainly, one of the most picturesque. Located at number 1, Great Ocean Road, Torquay Golf Club sits at the start of Victoria's premier tourist drive destination and is a leisurely 75 minutes drive from Melbourne.