Shine On, White Queen!

 

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Painkalac Creek, shaped like a horseshoe, is part of the Aireys Inlet Foreshore Reserve

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Mouth Beach separates Painkalac Creek & the Bass Strait. Due to low water levels in the inlet, it is not often that the inlet breaks through

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It is about 1.5km from the carpark & uphill to Spilt Point Lighthouse. The climb was steep & the dirt track a little slippery & it left unfit me huffing & puffing

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I noticed that the bushes in the whole area was flowering profusely. It is a shrub commonly known as ‘Tea Tree’ or ‘ Manuka’ which comes from the Myrtle family. Leptospermum is part of the Myrtaceae genus.

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Amazing view at the top of the hill, where Painkalac Creek & the Bass Strait can be seen together

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Aerial View from Spilt Point looking over Fairhaven Beach & beyond to Apollo Bay

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Memorial Stone in honour of Thomas Butson Pearse & his wife Martha who were early pioneers in this district

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Spilt Point Lookout

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Spilt Point was originally called Eagles Nest Point & it was probably renamed when the lighthouse was constructed in 1891

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Surf crashing into the Basalt & Limestone rock shelves. Seen here is the Table Rock which has been levelled by incessant waves

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Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary located at Aireys Inlet is a 17ha park that projects 300m offshore & protects the surrounding ocean waters

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The remaining Eagle Rock is a tall, volcanic stack capped by limestone

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Beautiful villa along Federal Street facing the Bass Strait

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Spilt Point Lighthouse is located in Aireys Inlet a small town on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.’ Masterchef Season 6′ & ‘ Round the Twist’, a popular children’s TV series was filmed in this area.

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Towering above us at 34m, there are 132 steps to the balcony just below the lantern room

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Located at the end of Federal Street, the white tower with a red lantern roof is fondly called the ‘ The White Queen’ by the locals. She has been operational since 1891 but was automated in 1919 & still sends her beacon of light to passing ships to steer clear of the rocky shores, going to & fro Port Phillip Bay

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