CHAPTER 9

Roy Williamson's Bicycle Tour 1914

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Revision Date : 31 March 2011

    Bicycle Tour from Adelaide to Mt Kosciusko (7328 ft) and back.

    Distances    2627 miles (total) – to Melbourne 700 miles.  Melbourne to Kosciusko 900 miles.  Kosciusko to Adelaide 1027 miles.

   Route    Followed coast road nearly all the way to Melbourne, passing through Mt Gambier, Portland, Warrnambool, Geelong etc.  From Melbourne proceeded up the Yarra Valley and the Nearer Ranges to Wood’s Point on the Goulburn River, thence down that stream to Mansfield.  From Mansfield an excursion was made to Mt Buller through Merrijig.  After leaving Mansfield the towns of Tolmie and Whitfield were left behind and the King River valley was traversed to Wangaratta.
    From Wangaratta the Ovens Valley was travelled up to Harrietville and on the way a deviation was made from Bright to Mt Buffalo.
    The mountains between Harrietville and Omeo were next crossed over and a track was made for Tallangatta by way of the Mitta River thence on to Corryong in the Upper Murray district.  The entrance into NSW was made over the R Murray at Tintaldra after which the Australian Alps were crossed, passing through Tooma, Kiandra and Cooma.  Kosciusko was reached after passing through Jindabyne on the Snowy River.  Retraced the track from Kosciusko to Cooma and followed the road to Yass, passing through Michelago, Queenbeyan, Canberra and Federal Capital Area.
    From Gundagai the R Murrumbidgee was followed as far as Balranald, passing through the important towns of Wagga Wagga, Narrandera and Hay which are in the Riverina.  A detour was made from Maude on the River Murrumbidgee to Oxley on the Lachlan River and thence to Balranald.
    The R Murray was again met at Euston and was followed down to Blanchetown in SA after passing through Mildura (in Victoria), Renmark and Morgan.  After leaving the R Murray Adelaide was reached again by way of Tanunda and Gawler.

   Duration of Trip    From April 9th 1914 to August 16th 1914.  Spent 15 days in Melbourne and 22 days in Kosciusko district.

    Expenses of Trip    86 – exclusive of camera, photographic material, cycling suits, new bicycles and repairs and renewals to bicycles (majority), cycling capes, tent, ground sheet and a few cooking utensils.

    Used Bullock Bicycles    Specially built for heavy overland riding with strong carrier brazed on the back.  3 speed Sturmey Archer Gear with Hub Brake.  Fitted with Dunlop Tyres having an extra heavy tyre on the back wheel.  Tyres 28" x1".  Carried Veeder Trip Cyclometer.

    Equipment    Small Bell Tent of 7’ diameter weighing ... lbs to accommodate two people.  Made of Japara, a very closely woven material like Egyptian cotton and waterproof.
    Nine small steel pegs.
    Total weight of Tent, pegs and supports equals … lbs.
    A waterproof ground sheet was also carried.
    Eider down sleeping bags weighing 2 lbs and Cycling Rain Capes.
    Small Primus Stove, kerosene tin, knives, forks and spoons.  Aluminium plates and bowls, billycan and water bag.
    Supplies of flour, sugar, salt, butter, baking powder and oatmeal were carried in various quantities.  Meat, bread and milk were generally procured daily if possible.
    This equipment was packed in four canvas bags, each cyclist carrying two.  A very compact camera was used and film packs owing to their lightness were carried.

[Roy Williamson set out with two companions.  One of them, a close friend named Charlie Sutton, pulled out at Kingston, but the other, an older man named Percy Correll, completed the trip with Roy.  Percy Correll had been a member of Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition (Dec 1911 – Feb 1914).  He is described as mechanic and assistant physicist in Mawson’s diary.]


    April 9th    Distance 65 miles.  Left Adelaide for Wellington on R Murray at 6 o’clock pm, arrived 2 am.  Fine moonlight night with favourable winds.  The first 30 miles was steady climbing over beautiful limestone roads through the Mount Lofty Ranges.  Then next 15 miles was over undulating country while the run from Langhorne’s Creek (45) down to the R Murray at Wellington was mostly downhill.

    Passed through Crafers, Stirling, Aldgate, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Mt Barker, Woodchester and Langhorne’s Creek.  The first 40 miles was very pretty and hilly country while the last 25 miles began to get very flat and uninteresting.

    Stopped at Wellington Hotel but cannot recommend same.  Found bedroom at 2 o’clock am which was unoccupied so took possession for the night after having attempted to sleep on the bank of the river in a fishing boat.  Tried it for one hour but found it too cold.  One of the hungry party helped himself to supper at 4 o’clock am in a neighbouring house.

    Wellington is a miserable little town on R Murray chiefly noted for its punt.  The boatman has to be summoned by vigorously pulling a bell on the bank of the river.

    April 10th (Good Friday)    28 miles to Meningie on Lake Albert.  Very strong SW head wind made hard pushing.  Crossed river in ferry boat (2d).  Country very flat and grassy being on the edge of Lakes Alexandrina and Albert.  Scarcity of water forced us to steal a water melon near windmill.  Abundance of salt bush.  Good roads which were over run for the first four miles out of Wellington by large flat black beetles about 1 to 1 inches in diameter.  Mail steamer runs from Milang to Meningie.  Fine meal of duck and mushrooms at Meningie Hotel.

    Very few inhabitants along the road.

    Meningie – a sportsman’s paradise, plenty of fishing and shooting and splendid hotel.

    Many gates with various locks have to be unfastened.

    April 11th    92 miles over the Coorong from Meningie to Kingston.  Started 7.30 am and reached Kingston 2 o’clock am following morning.  To McGrath’s Flat (about 12 miles) roads fair with patches of pipeclay track – very good for cycling during dry weather.  Country flat and in parts swampy.  Good grazing district.  Bushes small.  From Meningie to Wood’s Wells 27 miles – Boundary rider’s hut.  After leaving McGrath’s Flat track becomes very sandy in parts and continues so right into Kingston.  A few heavy sand drifts have to be crossed but these do not bother the cyclist much as he carries his bike over them.  Motor cars manage to make a detour of these sand hills with the aid of ropes and matting.

    Plenty of ducks, swans, teal and snipe along the Coorong which is a narrow, shallow strip of salt water extending for about 80 miles parallel with the coast.  Distance from coast varies from one to half a mile.

    From W.W. to Salt Creek 15 miles and 12 miles further on is Gall’s Cantara Station 54 miles from Meningie and 38 miles from Kingston.

    After leaving Salt Creek there is a good road along the edge of a lagoon which was almost dry.  Salt Creek has one house, a bridge over the creek and a gruesome history.

    A few miles out of Salt Creek the well known 9 mile pipeclay track is met and is good only during dry weather,  when the track is under water an old mail road has to be used which is very sandy and makes hard going.  We found the pipeclay track very good.  It was a little heavy but flat as a billiard table.  Encountered a head wind.  The pipeclay track is fringed on the eastern side by dense red and green tinted bushes which are very pretty indeed.

    Reached Cantara Station 5.30 pm after a warm day’s ride.  Scarcity of fresh water along the whole of the Coorong.  Invited to tea at Cantara Station where the people are very hospitable.  They wanted us to stay the night but we were anxious to push on so left for Kingston at 6.30.  Miss Gall’s present of supper was very acceptable.

    After leaving Cantara there is a very bad sand drift and the sandy roads were wretched for night riding.  The country is very scrubby and uninteresting.  Drizzling rain set in and we were glad to reach Kingston being very tired after taking 18 hours to do 92 miles.

    Woke up landlady of hotel who provided us with supper and a liberal supply of lime juice and lemonade.  This at 2.30 am.  Three of us were accommodated in a double bed.

    The trip across the Coorong was on the whole very interesting and not the sandy desert that one is led to imagine – in fact it was an agreeable surprise.  What vegetation there is, is very pretty and even the drab tints of the stunted bushes harmonize with the surroundings.  Very little animal life was noticed but game was very plentiful.

    There are numerous gates to be opened and shut in the 92 miles journey.

    We found the Coorong an easy proposition to cross because of the dry season previously.  It would however be a different proposition during a wet season.

    Two motorists generously offered to tow us from Meningie to Kingston but we declined the offer – wanting to do the Coorong “all on our own”.  They finally passed us 41 miles out from Meningie (Mr Ward and Mr Porter of Adelaide).

    Kingston was a disappointment – the hotel accommodation bad – and we were glad to leave it behind.  Has longest pier in SA.  Connected by rail to Adelaide via Naracoorte.

    April 12th     Easter Sunday.  Windy day with light showers.  Road from Kingston to Robe is very good, 28 miles of limestone formation – fairly level.  Large irrigation channels seen.  Country more wooded.  Fine fresh water soakage 19 miles from Kingston near house with fig trees.  Arrived Robe 2 o’clock pm.  The approach into Robe for two miles through beautiful green lagoon country was a treat.  Robe on Guichen Bay said to be the prettiest town in SA.  Originally was of some importance as a landing place for stores which had to be carted inland to the settlers.  Of late years it has declined as a port owing to the introduction of railways to Beachport and Kingston.  Is connected by motor to Kingston.

    As a pleasure resort Robe is well adapted – the rocks are very fine along the coast especially near the Obelisk and the surrounding district is charming.

    Robe Hotel (Mr and Mrs Fitzgerald) very comfortable.  Met Mr and Mrs H Pank – information re NT – call and see H Pank.

    Johnston – billiard marker.

    Noticed – Crows, Murray Magpies, an owl and a fox.  The Murray Magpies were black, grey and white in colour.

    April 13th    Easter Monday.  Left Robe 3 o’clock pm for Millicent, arrived 11 o’clock pm.  Distance 65 miles.  Good roads and splendid weather.  Branched off main road 4 miles from Beachport and went through Furner Station.  Between Robe and Beachport is a road going off to Penola.  The country looked fine, plenty of feed and hundreds of rabbits were seen.  Chain of lakes stretching from Robe to Beachport on which plenty of game abounded.  Swampy level country.

    Round Millicent is mostly farming district, flat and honeycombed with irrigation channels.  Millicent is a prosperous town on railway lines between Beachport and Mt Gambier.

    Mr Harvey and his invitation to Scotch Dance.

    April 14th    Reached Mt Gambier 303 miles from Adelaide and 31 miles from Millicent.  Fine day.  Splendid farming country while the landscape is relieved by large clumps of pine trees usually planted to form a break-wind for the homestead.

    The roads are very bad a few miles past Snuggery.  Roads lead off in all directions and there is no sign to show the main road.  Last 12 miles into Mt G is very good over undulating country.

    April 15th    Spent day in Mt Gambier.  Stopped two nights at Mac’s Hotel (very comfortable).

    Mt Gambier noted for its beautiful lakes and caves of volcanic origin.  Rich agricultural and pastoral district.  Potatoes, onions, wheat, chicory, oats, butter and cheese.  Town gardens looked very gay with bright coloured flowers.

    April 16th    Spent morning looking round Mt Gambier.  Rode to Pt McDonnell (18 miles) in afternoon against head wind.  Road runs round Blue Lake and through a long pine avenue onto Bellum.  It then skirts Mt Schank on to Allandale where there is a cave in the centre of the road which has deep water in it and is walled round.  Allandale is noted for selling beer by the pound.  Mt Schank is an extinct volcano and what appears to be its crater is very interesting.

    Stopped at Rook’s Hotel – saw Mr and Mrs Sutton.  Heard Mr Carstons, manager of hotel, tell some fine yarns.  Saw box covered with barnacles which was found on the beach – it had come from SY “Aurora”.  Also saw a sealskin being tanned, the seal having been caught at Pt McDonnell.  There is a carved head of a man with his cap on adorning the beach.

    Pt McDonnell was once an important town before the opening of the railway from Mt G to Beachport.  Most of the goods from Mt G, especially from Victoria, were sent to Pt McD by boats and then taken ashore in lighters.  The goods were then sent by road to Mt Gambier.  This of course is altered now as it is cheaper for goods to come via Beachport, consequently Pt McDonnell is very quiet and depends mostly on tourists from Mt Gambier.  Pt McDonnell was the last port to use lighters in SA, consequently they are valueless as assets since the boats have ceased calling.

    Near Pt McDonnell is the Cape Northumberland Lighthouse, Dingly Dell (the old home of A L Gordon), Shelly Beach and the Wool Wash which is a bubbling fresh water spring oozing out on the sandy beach.  It seems to be general in the South East for fresh water springs to bubble up near the coast.  This points to a huge subterranean water scheme which helps to compensate for the absence of rivers in the SE of SA.

    April 17th    Rode to Nelson from Pt McDonnell, 19 miles, in beautiful weather.  Nelson is in Victoria, being on the Glenelg R mouth which is two miles from the SA border.

    Roads very good in SA but shocking immediately after crossing the SA and Victorian boundary.  At Nelson the Hotel keeps SA time and the PO Victorian time, being hour ahead at the PO.

    Left for Kentbruk at 2 o’clock, 17 miles, arrived 7.30 o’clock.  Had to walk 15 miles over heavy sandy undulating country and hampered by bracken and burnt trees.  This was the worst strip on the whole tour to be negotiated.  Heavy thunderstorm started at about 5 o’clock and the hotel was reached just as the rain began to fall heavily.

    Post Office and Hotel – by Mark Kerr – no lemonade but crook whisky.  MK had a good stock of yarns.

    Mail boy from Drik Drik – just been out from England a fortnight.

    Sandy forest country very cheap but almost useless except for wattle growing.  Large Government Wattle Plantation had been destroyed by fire.

    Plenty of kangaroos in the district.

    April 18th    To Portland 27 miles from Kentbruk.  First 5 miles had to be walked – sandy tracks.  Wet morning.  Grub road very muddy owing to heavy rains and to the constant use of it by teams carting piles for the Portland Pier.  These piles were obtained from the large forest that we had to pass through.  The huge grey trunks of these trees and the numerous parrots flying about were fine indeed.  Procured apples from a fine orchard in one of the clearings in the forest.

    Portland – stopped at Mac’s Hotel – 3 stories – 252 miles from Melbourne by rail, on Portland Bay.  One of the oldest settlements in the State, for in 1834 hither came the Henty brothers to establish the whaling industry.  Here was born the first white child in the State and here also was ploughed the first furrow in Victoria.

    Portland with its lengthy deep-water pier, made available for ocean-going steamers, is the outlet for the produce of Western Victoria.

    It is being connected by rail to Mt Gambier.  The town is substantially built and well laid out, the railway station is right on the sea beach.  There is splendid scenery (coastal) in the vicinity of Cape Bridgewater.  Near to the Cape are the Bridgewater Lakes, famed for their boating and fishing and good shooting.  The Blowholes and Limestone Caves (which are in Batt’s Ridges and contain many fine stalactites and stalagmites) are well worth a visit.  The Lady Julia Percy Island is visible from the shore.  Area about 1 square mile, almost flat, 100 ft aboe sea level.  Home of thousands of seals.  Fresh water spring in fern cave on island.

    April 19th    Fine sunny day.  Fair roads – sandy in patches.  Rode from Portland to Warrnambool 65 miles.  Passed through the small agricultural towns of Narrawong (R Surrey) 9 miles, Tyrendarra (R Fitzroy) 15 miles, Eumeralla on River of same name 26 miles.  Between Tyrendarra and Eumerella the road is very sandy.  Yambuk on R Shaw 34 miles on to Port Fairy which is on the mouth of the R Moyne.  Distance from Portland 45 miles.  Had tea at Pt Fairy (old name Belfast).

    Pt Fairy – 187 miles from Melbourne by rail is a well laid out clean town, and is pleasing to the eye.  It is an outlet for the rich agricultural and dairying districts centred round Yambuk.

    Left for Warrnambool after tea via Killarney – 18 miles.  All this district is very prosperous, some land bringing as much as 160 per acre round Warrnambool.

    Warrnambool 166 miles from Melbourne by rail on Lady Bay is a large town, well laid out, broad clean streets with fine public and business premises.  Many fine parks and gardens.  Busy seaport town – Nestles huge condensed milk factory is 3 miles out of town.  Has a breakwater constructed of huge concrete blocks.

    April 20th    left Warrnambool 11 o’clock after having look round town and purchasing a water bag and straps.  Rode 36 miles – fine sunny day.  Stopped night at Peterborough 34 miles from Warrnambool.  Passed through Allansford (6 miles of good road) onto Nirranda.  After leaving Allansford the road was very sandy all the way into Peterborough.  Farming district.  Store at Nirranda 3 miles from a quaint little PO which is 22 miles from Warrnambool.  Saw huge yellow toad stools.  Dairying district – Nirranda.

    Peterborough reached after dark.  Lies at the mouth of Curdie’s River or Inlet, the bar at the mouth prevents any but small craft from entering.  It is known as the “fishing hamlet” and its golf links are also noted.  Has a fine hotel and is connected by coach to Timboon, a distance of 12 miles.  Railway terminus at Timboon.  Adelaide to Peterborough 500 miles.  Depends solely on tourists.

    Curdie’s River, which is about a mile wide at the mouth during certain seasons of the year, is navigable for many miles by rowing boat.

    We were able to cross at the mouth – the river being barred.  It is 12 miles distant to Loch Ard Gorge.  Much maram grass has been planted near mouth of Curdie’s R.

    April 21st    To Pt Campbell seven miles along the cliffs from Peterborough.  Wet morning – tracks fair, but muddy and sandy in parts.  Fine view when riding along cliffs.

    Pt Campbell is a small seaport township lying on the sandy beach of a pretty little bay, whose entrance is protected by rocky ramparts of ragged cliffs.  Drive of 12 miles to railway station at Timboon.  Had dinner at Pt Campbell and went down to see the jetty, the approach to which is a cutting through the rocks.

    Local Progress Association been very active.

    Proceeding on to Princetown 12 miles eastward along the coast the Sherbrook River is met, over which a new bridge was being built.  This river is 4 miles from Pt Campbell and is navigable by rowing boats.  The road which winds through short dwarfish bushes is fair and many deviations run from it to the well known beauty spots along the coast.

    The Loch Ard Gorge and caves are next visited.  Here the cliffs are of bright yellow limestone, rugged and perpendicular, being about 100 ft high.  The cave in the southern end of the Gorge was about 150 ft in length.  The other two caves had beautiful green and copper coloured stalactites in them and were saturated with moisture.  Steps had been cut in the cliffs to make the Gorge accessible to tourists.  Saw the cemetery – of the remains of “Loch Ard” bodies – which was on the cliff.

    The Bay of Islands was next visited.

    Princetown on the coast at the mouth of the Gellibrand River which is barred during dry periods.  River flats very fertile but often flooded owing to the barring of the river.  Maram grass planted.  A pipe that was placed at the mouth of the river to prevent barring was ineffectual after three months.  Met a man who was living in vicinity at the time of the Loch Ard wreck.  Cross the River Gellibrand over bridge.

    April 22nd    From Princetown to Rivernook 2 miles, very heavy sand.  Wet weather.  Roads muddy.  Started at 2 o’clock.  At Rivernook there is a fine boarding house on the south bank of the Gellibrand River.  Boats are able to go 12 miles up the stream – the river having been snagged.  Plenty of rabbits, hares and wild fowl abound on the river and river flats.  To Wangerip from Rivernook 11 miles.

    Track was very muddy as we were right in the forest country.  Trees up to 100 ft high and many lying across the road having fallen owing to a bush fire having visited the forest previously.  These trees looked very curious with their bare limbs.  First fern trees and corduroy tracks met on the journey.  Noticed numerous white cockatoos, and parrots of green and blue and red and blue colours.

    April 23rd    From Wangerip to Glenaire Station 10 miles.  Country heavily timbered and tracks very bad.  Very steep in places.  Had a look at the renowned “Colac Tree”.  This is a point where the road divides.  To the left the track goes on to Crowes, the terminus of a 2’6" railway.  The road to the right of the Colac Tree bears away to Johanna River 4 miles from Wangerip.  Johanna River – noted for dairie cattle etc.  Fertile river flats.  Land worth 60 an acre.  Reached Glenaire 6 miles further on, of much same country, at 12.30.  Unable to proceed further that day owing to heavy rain.  Camped with Bill Cawley, who was the first person I had seen baking bread in a camp oven.  His Irish Stew was good.  Poor old fellow had lost the sight of one eye whilst grubbing a yacka.  Heavy rainstorm raged all night and up to 12 o’clock the next day.  Out hut was on a hill which looked onto the Southern Ocean.

    W Cawley, c/o Laver’s Hill PO, Victoria
            To be forwarded to Glenaire Station

    April 24th    Left Bill Cawley at midday.  Passed butter and cheese factory – splendid grazing in the Aire River flats.  Eels up to 5 ft in length found in swamps.  Plenty of swans, duck etc for shooting.

    Crossed the Ford, Aire and Calder Rivers in that order.  Bridge over the Aire R (sand bar at the mouth).

    Huge sand hills on eastern side of Aire R to be crossed on the track to Cape Otway.  Plenty of parrots.  Glenaire to Lighthouse 9 miles.

    Cape Otway Lighthouse built 1848 by convicts, very massive.  Vegetable garden belonging to Otway, 2 miles from Lighthouse on the Parker River.

    Most of the rivers in this district rise in the Otway Ranges, including the Barwon River near Geelong and the Gellibrand near Princetown.

    Moonlight Head, a solid rock face rising to a height of about 700 ft is easily visible from Cape Otway.  All inward shipping signalled to Melbourne from Cape Otway.

    From Cape Otway to Apollo Bay (Krambruk) 16 miles.  Passed near Blanket Bay where stores are landed for the Lighthouse twice a year.

    Some of the finest forest scenery in the State surrounds Apollo Bay, from whence timber is exported.

    The track from Otway to Apollo Bay is almost impossible.  Caught in heay rain 5 miles out of the Bay.

    Forest was rank with moisture and plants of every description – tree ferns of immense size, brackens and other unknown ferns, wild flowers, creepers etc.  Fungus and toadstools.  Saw-mill railway – rails made of wood – starts about 7 miles out of Apollo Bay, and runs right onto the jetty at the Bay.  The first portion for about 3 or 4 miles is not used now and is overgrown with moss, creepers etc.  Apollo Bay from Cape Patten on the NE to Point Bunbury on SW is 12 miles.

    April 25th    From Apollo Bay to Wye River 18 miles via Cape Patten (12 miles).  To Ramsden’s (11 miles) the road is fair, but thence on to Lorne is mostly over sandy and rocky beach tracks.  PEC had a blow-out in back tube (about 5 or 6 inches long) 4 miles out from Krambruk.  This was the first mishap to tyres during the tour.  Unsuccessful repairing – limited rubber supply.  From this point (4 miles from Krambruk) walked the next 28 miles into Lorne, carrying the bicycles most of the journey.  Very rough and steep (Mt Defiance) in places.  Roads unheard of in these parts – rough bridle tracks found in parts.  Country ver unsettles and pretty.

    18 inch bridle track on cliffs round Cape Patten, very steep and dangerous.  Plentiful supply of mushrooms on the Cape.

    Old jetty passed near mouth of Kennett River which is near Cape Patten.  Once the outlet for an unsuccessful timber industry.  Good fishing spot.  Wye River Saw Mills employing many men.  Timber sent by boat to Melbourne.  Small jetty.  Timber brought down from the forest to the Saw Mills on trucks drawn by horses along a wooden railway.  Eels caught in Wye River at night time with the aid of lamps.

    Stopped at Timber Camp – meals very rough but welcome to us.

    The weather was beautiful on the 25th and 26th.

    April 26th    From Wye River to Lorne 12 miles, done in 7 hours.  From Adelaide to Lorne 600 miles.  Passed Rivers Godfrey and Jamieson before making a detour of Mt Defiance (saw two lizards fighting).  Mt Defiance is on the coast midway between Lorne and Wye River and can be passed by going along the coast when the tide is out.  The tide being in we had to make a 4 mile detour over very steep and rough country – followed bridle track.  This was slow and heavy work with the bikes.  Had lunch at Cumberland River near sea beach, very pretty picnic spot 4 miles from Lorne.  Fantastically shaped cliffs rise to a height of about 300 ft.

    Next passed Sheoak River (plenty of kelp in it) which has fine falls a little distance up stream.

    Rounded Mt St George(fine view) and crossed River St George by means of a suspension bridge.  Trout, bream and mullet abound in Erskine River, St George and Cumberland Creeks.

    Old timber railway runs from St George Creek round Teddy’s Lookout to the jetty at Lorne.

    Lorne – on Loutit Bay.  105 miles from Melbourne.  Train to Dean Marsh 91 miles, thence by coach through Benwerrin (1500 ft – half way house) to Lorne 14 miles.  Rapid descent to the ocean beach at Lorne from Benwerrin.  Lovely drive through the ranges.  Lorne is an ideal seaside resort with a background of wooded ranges, famous for tree ferns and magnificent falls (Erskine Falls and Straw’s both between 130 and 150 ft high, Splitter’s and Phantom (80 ft) Falls).  Other falls are Kalimna, Margaret and Sheoak.

    Loutit Bay stretches for a distance of 12 miles from the jetty at Lorne to the Split Point lighthouse at Airey’s Inlet.  Broad sandy beach offers safe sea bathing.  Splendid fishing from jetty,  fine hotel accommodation at Lorne – bowling green, croquet lawns and tennis courts etc.
    Lorne is said to be the prettiest coastal town in Victoria.

    April 27th    Owing to the kindness of Mr Gwynne of Hotel Pacific we were able to mend punctured tube.  Left for Airey’s Inlet after midday meal – drizzling rain.  After going 3 miles along the beach we took the wrong track inland and consequently found ourselves lost when darkness was creeping on.  We left our bikes in a creek and waded downstream to the sea beach.  Used bike lamps for lights; saw eels in water, very wet feet.  We had waded down the same creek that we had taken the turn off from during the afternoon.  Marked creek and then walked along sea beach back to Lorne again.  This time we stayed at a boarding house near Erskine River.

    (”Now Boys” – the old man at the boarding house who gave us the apples.)

    Electric light in Lorne (private business) is charges for at the rate of 1 a year for every separate light.  Consequently the lights are used unsparingly.

    April 28th    Fine day.  To Geelong 46 miles from Lorne.  Found right track to turn inland.  Water tanks on the beach.  Lovely sea shells.  Plenty of mushrooms in the hills.  From the turn off leaving the beach there is a 3 ft bridle track (4 miles from Lorne) which runs parallel with coast; at the rear of a range of hills jutting into the sea.  This track continues for a few miles until Anderson’s Selection is met, near Devil’s Rock.  From Anderson’s Selection to Airey’s Inlet (about 5 miles) the track was along sandy beach (water 1/- bucketful at one house).

    The sand is very hard when tide is out and makes good riding – found the tide in.

    Airey’s Inlet – 12 miles from Lorne, 9 miles from Anglesea.  Airey’s River navigable for several miles up stream – good fishing and shooting.  Terminus of Geelong – Torquay – Anglesea coach service.  From Airey’s Inlet to Anglesea is a sandy beach track.  Splendid view of Anglesea and River from hills when approaching the town from Airey’s Inlet.

    Anglesea – 26 miles from Geelong on banks of Anglesea River.  Boating, swimming, good fishing (bream, mullet, sweep and crayfish) and shooting.  Annual Regatta of Anglesea well known.  Very fine hotel.  Splendid scenery on rocky coast.  From Anglesea to Jan Juc the road winds through splendid bush scenery but the track is very sandy.

    The country round Jan Juc and onwards into Geelong is devoted to agriculture.  Fine road from Jan Juc to Geelong.

    Geelong on Corio Bay 45 miles by rail from Melbourne.  Also has steamer service daily.  The town lies upon a sloping ridge rising gradually from Corio Bay.  Has solid business premises, broad clean streets and electric cars.  Fine public parks.  An outlet for the trade of the Western districts grain, wool, compressed fodder, butter and frozen produce.  Good fishing in the Bay.

    Geelong is a city after the style of Adelaide but of course not so large.

    Fine hotel accommodation at Victoria Hotel.


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