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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #60 on: July 18, 2020, 03:44:09 pm »
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #61 on: July 18, 2020, 06:03:50 pm »
As ek daai węreld so kyk het alle trekkers seker training wheels op anders neuk hulle seker om teen daai heuwels!!! ;) :lol8:
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #62 on: July 20, 2020, 09:27:52 am »
Baie dankie @Boerbok vir die mooi foto's.  Regtig 'n baie mooi wereld daai en iets heeltemal anders as wat 'n mens net op TV sien.

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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #63 on: July 20, 2020, 02:17:10 pm »
Julle is reg @windswept en @Crankshaft, die areas rondom Melbourne, en ook Tasmania, lyk heelwat anders as die “tipiese” Aus wat mens op TV sien. Die weer is kouer (in die winter) en warmer (in die somer) as Kaapstad. Gippsland laat my soms dink aan ‘n baie nat weergawe van die oos-Vrystaat of die KZN Midlands met sy rollende heuwels. Net noord is die Victorian High Country, baie bergagtig met bloekomwoude en bergvarings en sneeu. Aan die ander kant vd Alpe lę die Outback uitgestrek oor ‘n groot deel vd land.

Wat my ook opgeval het is dat die voëls so verskilled is as waaraan ek in Gauteng en Mpumalanga gewoond was.

Wilde papegaai by die huis. Ons het 4 wat hier rondvlieg.


Ander voëls wat baie algemeen is in my omgewing.

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Verder het ek op hierdie video ook afgekom van ‘n massiewe swerm wilde budgies (!) in die Outback naby Alice Springs:
https://youtu.be/wyfCMrqitWI

Ek mis die tortelduiwe en Hadidas! Weird plek hierdie... 🙂
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #64 on: July 20, 2020, 02:47:26 pm »
Julle is reg @windswept en @Crankshaft, die areas rondom Melbourne, en ook Tasmania, lyk heelwat anders as die “tipiese” Aus wat mens op TV sien. Die weer is kouer (in die winter) en warmer (in die somer) as Kaapstad. Gippsland laat my soms dink aan ‘n baie nat weergawe van die oos-Vrystaat of die KZN Midlands met sy rollende heuwels. Net noord is die Victorian High Country, baie bergagtig met bloekomwoude en bergvarings en sneeu. Aan die ander kant vd Alpe lę die Outback uitgestrek oor ‘n groot deel vd land.

Wat my ook opgeval het is dat die voëls so verskilled is as waaraan ek in Gauteng en Mpumalanga gewoond was.

Wilde papegaai by die huis. Ons het 4 wat hier rondvlieg.


Ander voëls wat baie algemeen is in my omgewing.

Raven:
https://youtu.be/2in0vObSWfM

Sulphur crested cockatoo:
https://youtu.be/ZmnxkjKbcfY

Kookaburra:
https://youtu.be/TqdRQxgtZtI

Magpie:
https://youtu.be/jx_96dgYySU

Verder het ek op hierdie video ook afgekom van ‘n massiewe swerm wilde budgies (!) in die Outback naby Alice Springs:
https://youtu.be/wyfCMrqitWI

Ek mis die tortelduiwe en Hadidas! Weird plek hierdie... 🙂

Die tortelduiwe kan nog gaan maar fok die hadidas.... Hulle raas net :laughing4:
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #65 on: July 20, 2020, 03:05:49 pm »
fok die hadidas.... Hulle raas net

Ons het n couple wat naby die huis slaap en grasperk wei en mens hoor hulle selde as jy hul wel hoor kan jy maar gaan kyk daar sal iets fout wees.
Bosduif die verjaag ek dadelik van my dak af. Raas en saag en beskyt net als!!! ;D >:(
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #66 on: July 20, 2020, 07:12:50 pm »
fok die hadidas.... Hulle raas net

Ons het n couple wat naby die huis slaap en grasperk wei en mens hoor hulle selde as jy hul wel hoor kan jy maar gaan kyk daar sal iets fout wees.
Bosduif die verjaag ek dadelik van my dak af. Raas en saag en beskyt net als!!!

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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #67 on: August 12, 2020, 04:01:47 pm »
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #68 on: February 07, 2021, 12:46:18 pm »
This weekend I explored the forests in the foothills of Mt Baw Baw, 150km east of Melbourne. The “mountain” tops out at 1567m above sea level. That is lower than Roodepoort! It is the closest ski village to Melbourne.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Baw_Baw

Baw Baw is highest point on that range in the background, not very impressive...



There is a nice network with hundreds of km’s of dirt roads and tracks in the forest. I will have to come back several times to ride them all. Summer is the best time, before it all turns to mud and clay during winter and the rainy season.





Tanjil river





In the flatter areas along the river there are clearings in the bush where people camp out. This casual car boot camping next to the road is “a thing” in Aus. It’s free of charge, just park your car and camp. It is pretty isolated with no services, but very safe. I will have to bring the family for a wilderness camp-out soon...
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #69 on: February 16, 2021, 04:13:37 am »
Recent ride through a lesser known low mountain range and rain forest, called the Strzelecki Ranges, about an hours ride east of me.

The interesting part is in that forested area with the red marker.



I find the history fascinating. Many of todays pretty areas with thriving farms were once heavy forest, and it took three generations of back breaking labour to clear the land and establish productive farms. It got a nickname, “the heartbreak hills”, because many farms failed due to difficult conditions and a lack of road infrastructure to get the produce to the markets on time.

In 1976 a monument was erected for Victoria’s tallest tree, measured at 114m after it was felled in 1881 in this area.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strzelecki_Ranges

Mount Tassie is the highest point of the Strzelecki Ranges, and is not very high at 740m asl...



The privately owned Loy Yang coal power station can be seen on the horison. It is the largest power station in Aus (6 units, for a total of 3280 MW). It produces 50% of Victoria’s electricity using brown coal mined close by. The coal doesn’t ever seem to get wet enough to cause a breakdown...  :deal: :peepwall:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loy_Yang_Power_Station

Comms infrastructure on the summit:



I was hoping to get a view of Tasmania from here, but I don’t think that’s possible, even on a clear day... Tasmania is about 300 km away, way over the horizon.



The valley is beautiful! It has a cool rain forest climate, with huge tree ferns (that one is at least 15m tall), and huge mountain ash trees (I understand it’s a type of gum tree).







The windy road follows the Tarra River downstream, with picnic areas along the river. There are also two caravan parks, which I will put on the list for a visit one day.











Another interesting feature along the way is the wooden bridges. With that I mean the actual road surface of the bridges are made from wooden sleepers, probably a technique from years gone by from the logging industry.

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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #70 on: February 16, 2021, 04:32:06 am »
Nice,
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #71 on: February 16, 2021, 05:49:48 am »
Dit is geweldig mooi.  Dit lyk of mens kan asem haal daar, maar wat my die meeste opgeval het, is hoe skoon dit is.  Ek kon net in 2 fotos MOONTLIKE vuilgoed sien.  Hoe salig is dit.  Is die mense beter opgevoed of word daar net daagliks skoongemaak?
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #72 on: February 16, 2021, 06:59:56 am »
Dit is geweldig mooi.  Dit lyk of mens kan asem haal daar, maar wat my die meeste opgeval het, is hoe skoon dit is.  Ek kon net in 2 fotos MOONTLIKE vuilgoed sien.  Hoe salig is dit.  Is die mense beter opgevoed of word daar net daagliks skoongemaak?

Mev Vis, dit het my ook dadelik opgeval toe ons 4 jaar terug hier geland het. Mens kry hier en daar ‘n geval van iemand wat mors, maar dit is baie min, en dit word skoongemaak. Oor die algemeen probeer mense die plek skoon hou. Dit is asof daar meer van ‘n trots is onder die mense om hulle land skoon te hou.

Die middestad is ook vir my skoon, sover as wat mens dit van ‘n groot stad kan verwag. Die strate word gereeld gevee en onderhoud en verbeterings is sigbaar oor tyd, so ek kry die gevoel die plek gaan vooruit.

In hierdie natuurreservate en piekniekplekke is dit ongewoon om enige asblikke te sien. Daar word van jou verwag om al jou rommel terug te vat huistoe, en mense doen dit!

Mind boggling...
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #73 on: February 16, 2021, 07:11:17 am »
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #74 on: February 16, 2021, 07:41:22 am »
Dit is geweldig mooi.  Dit lyk of mens kan asem haal daar, maar wat my die meeste opgeval het, is hoe skoon dit is.  Ek kon net in 2 fotos MOONTLIKE vuilgoed sien.  Hoe salig is dit.  Is die mense beter opgevoed of word daar net daagliks skoongemaak?

Mev Vis, dit het my ook dadelik opgeval toe ons 4 jaar terug hier geland het. Mens kry hier en daar ‘n geval van iemand wat mors, maar dit is baie min, en dit word skoongemaak. Oor die algemeen probeer mense die plek skoon hou. Dit is asof daar meer van ‘n trots is onder die mense om hulle land skoon te hou.

Die middestad is ook vir my skoon, sover as wat mens dit van ‘n groot stad kan verwag. Die strate word gereeld gevee en onderhoud en verbeterings is sigbaar oor tyd, so ek kry die gevoel die plek gaan vooruit.

In hierdie natuurreservate en piekniekplekke is dit ongewoon om enige asblikke te sien. Daar word van jou verwag om al jou rommel terug te vat huistoe, en mense doen dit!

Mind boggling...

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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #75 on: February 23, 2021, 02:19:45 pm »
I did another fantastic loop through the Strzelecki ranges and Albert plantation this weekend.



In years gone by the Thorpdale area supported extensive forests of the Mountain Ash tree (Eucalyptus regnans), which hold the record as the world's tallest flowering plant. In 1884, one of them measured over 114m tall after it was chopped down.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-09-14/thorpdale-worlds-tallest-tree-site/6774056

This monument was erected close to the site.





That pole is misleading and does not do the size of the tree any favours. It was taller than the Sandton City Office tower (110m)!

https://www.emporis.com/statistics/tallest-buildings/city/102080/sandton-south-africa

Last weekend I rode up to Mount Tassie (photos in an earlier post). This weekend I saw its radio towers in the distance.



Not a straight road in sight. The signs did not lie...





A lot of this:



And this:



And this:



The plan was to ride a section of the Grand Ridge Road, which used to be a logging road. It is now a listed as a scenic drive, and it traverses a 132 km long ridgeline with views often to either side.

http://gippsland.com/Directory/Trails/GrandRidgeRoad.asp



View SW towards the ocean:


There is still a lot more to explore in this area, enough for at least another 4 or 5 day trips. The plan is to see it all before the winter rains turn all these nice roads into an impassable clay swampland. I still have a few months.

Mirboo N has a nice brewery. It is also the start of a cycling rail trail. It is a 13 km dirt path through these forests along an old unused section of railway. I am working to convince a buddy to bring the mountain bikes for a spin and a pint afterwards...

https://www.grand-ridge.com.au/



https://www.railtrails.org.au/component/railtrails/?view=trail&id=206&Itemid=66
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Re: Exploring the Victorian country side, east of Melbourne Aus
« Reply #76 on: February 23, 2021, 10:51:37 pm »
Came across this this other day, thought you may like to have a look at some of these routes.
https://www.unsealed4x4.com.au/top-5-4x4-trips-less-than-100km-from-melbourne
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« Reply #77 on: February 24, 2021, 03:42:09 am »
Came across this this other day, thought you may like to have a look at some of these routes.
https://www.unsealed4x4.com.au/top-5-4x4-trips-less-than-100km-from-melbourne

Thanks Bozo! Always nice to discover new areas...

I’ve seen bits and pieces of the Bunyip State Park and the Yarra State Forest. I’ve not been west of Melbourne, but should really make a plan one day.
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« Reply #78 on: February 24, 2021, 04:43:32 am »
All good.
I'm off to the Grampians this weekend for the first time.
Will let you know if its worth the slog of getting to the west.  :thumleft:
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