During our recent holiday to Victoria, we (4 of us) travelled to Sandy Point a beautiful surf holiday town near Foster, outside of Wilsons Promontory National Park.
From Melbourne, we travelled past the wine country of Koonwarra ( see picture above). This area boots several wineries producing cool-climate red and white table wines. Some of Australia’s best pinots are grown here and our local brew
ery holds more current international awards than other brewery in the world. Wealso visited the Coal Creek Heritage Village at Korumburra. CoalCreek Heritage Village is an open-air museum offering visitors the opportunity to experience a little of what life was like in the last decades of the 19th century. Make time for a scrumptious tea & scone at one of the old buildings.
We finally arrive at our destination, Sandy Point. Checked into our friend’s house and checked out our new
surroundings. The beach is so vast and looks isolated and we feel that we are the only ones at this clean and beautiful surf beach. Near the beach are a burger/pizza/fish&chip shop and a supermarket. The only other shop there is a real estate agent and a mini golf for kids. I suppose tourist is there to mainly enjoy the surf beach. Accommodations are in abundance. The caravan park is fully occupied and so are most of the houses available for holiday rental.
for shade, if the heat is too hot in the mid afternoon. (pays to bring along your own shade tent).
We decided to check out the local tourist attractions during the hot early afternoon and hit the beach in the late afternoon to avoid the hot sun.
the wind turbine at Toora outside of Foster and saw the beautiful Agnes Falls/Weir. This is the highest single span waterfall in Victoria with a drop of 59 meters (would be more spectacular after heavy rainfall). Water flows over the falls into a deep fern gorge all year round. It is only a 5 minutes walk from the car park to the viewing platform. On the return trip we bought big sweet juicy blueberries at Chris’s Berry farm off Amey’s track (only open to public during Xmas break and in the month of January). We are lucky to see a baby equina just outside the berry farm. Don’t forget to check out the wombat holes at Agnes Falls (see picture). Look for their dungs and you might be lucky to come face to face with a wombat !!
Nearby is the Port Franklin Boardwalk. It provides visitors with a spectacular combination of plant and birdlife and scenic water views. Consisting of 620 meters of meandering path, this picturesque walking trial follows the river. Tidal changes produce different viewing experiences and I was told night walking provides a unique experience.
2nd day, we travel further to the Tarra-Bulga National Park, a superb rainforest with ancient myrtle beech and towering mountain ash with tree fern, animals and many birds including lyrebirds (we are unlucky as we don’t see any animals or lyrebirds). There are so many beautiful picnic places to enjoy your lunch, so don’t forget your picnic basket. If you are too lazy to take a 2.4km walk (round trip) from the Tarra-Bulga Visitor Centre to the famous suspension bridge at Ballok, drive straight to Ballok and take a 2800 meter round trip to the bridge. The Tarra fall is not as spectacular as the Agnes Falls. It is a 5 minutes walk from the car park to the viewing platform. If you are not into picnic at national parks and fernery and short of time, this is not worth the long windy road trip (in my opinion). On the way to the Tarra-Bulga National Park, we saw the destruction of the recent bushfires.