Monday, September 25, 2017

Road trip.....Port Campbell and beyond - Part 1

Saturday 16 September was marked in my calendar as "Stitch in Spring" at Port Campbell in Victoria.  Linda from Gum Valley Patchwork hosts this annual event and it has grown from one day to two days in order to accommodate the numbers wishing to attend.  For me it's a little road trip - about 690kms (depending on which route I take - there are several options!) 
This year my sister joined me for the drive and we left on Thursday to ensure we had a day to explore the area a little before the weekend.  The weather was wet and wild driving over but the trip went well and we were settled in to our accommodation by mid afternoon. 

An early morning walk is a must in this beautiful part of the world.......



Friday we were back in the car and heading out along the Great Ocean road for some more sightseeing - it's a spectacular drive......




Looking inland.....the weather was still not great, but we managed to dodge the showers and carry on :) 



The GPS is always great for finding ones way around - and if you want to get off the main roads it is very good at finding ways for you to do that (sometimes you don't even have to ask!)  This was a little road we "found" which was near Lavers Hill.....it was beautiful (and I won't lie, a little bit scary in places) but well worth it for the scenery.


There were little areas to get off the road should something be coming in the other direction.....we didn't see a soul (or any traffic) which was probably not a bad thing! 


No trip to the area would be complete without a visit to see Lenora at Elm Grove Patchwork

This shop is beautiful!  There were also a couple of Max and Louise quilts on display and Lenora stocks their patterns.......if you are into repro fabrics this is a great place to visit - a huge range available (along with  many other fabrics of course.......)




On the way back to Port Campbell  we stopped in at a couple of the many areas set off the road for tourists to stop and check out the coastline.....the weather was still bleak, so the usually packed parking areas were almost empty....good news for us :) 


The walkway down to the Grotto.....


...The Grotto..... this pic doesn't do the boiling sea the other side of the Grotto justice....but I didn't stay too long as another heavy shower of rain hit....




We made it back to Port Campbell and bought some supplies for dinner and settled in for the evening.....Stitch in Spring and a class with Christine Vlasic at Ballan to be covered in the next post......

Til then.......Lorraine

5 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

There are two spots in Australia that I want to go to and the great Ocean road is one of them........ Gorgeous photos.......

Daisy Jayne said...

Thanks for sharing the photos are gorgeous made me feel like I was on the trip also

I am said...

awesome pics Loz xx

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

What a lovely trip and with your sister too--love all the photos and I would love to go shopping in that quilt shop--
enjoy the moments, di

Sue SA said...

Still catching up on blog posts after being on holidays but just wanted to say thanks of the visual tour of my home state....we must holiday at home more often! Definitely let me know when you come back to see the rest of the silos! Hoping to see Patchewollock in a few weekends, they have a music festival on!