Amsterdam Houseboat




Vehicle deck of the Queenscliff – Sorrento Ferry.


Passenger deck Port Phillip Ferry which plies

the Geelong-Melbourne route

across Port Phillip Bay.


Queenscliffe Coast Guard reflection.


Australian Flag







Black and White Challenge.


Geelong Botanic Gardens

Steps out of one entrance/exit of

Melbourne’s Southern Cross Railway Station.


A reverse view of those steps.

There is also an up or down escalator

on each side.


More Melbourne steps.

Old Sydney steps.

Entrance to Geelong Botanic Gardens


Steps to Queenscliff Beach







Point Lonsdale lighthouse…

…is easily visible from Point nepean…upper left corner.

It was from Fort Nepean that my Grandfather

was part of the gun crew which loaded and fired

this barrel at the German freighter the Pfalz

as it tried to sneak out of Port Phillip Bay,

a mere 5 hours after War had been declared

in London.

In 2014 the gun emplacement from which

the shot was fired was to be restored.

Hopefully that is now completed.

During the commemoration families laid wreaths

to commemorate their  ancestors.

Every time I enquired who could lay the wreath,,

I was given aa different answer.

My aunties, daughters of Grandfather, and I

selected the answer we liked most and

were the rebels of the day.


Making the day more authentic a freighter arrived

at around 1240 appearing to dawdle until,

we suspect, they were told there was

a loaded canon ready to be fired

in its direction at 1245.

The FIrst Shot, World War 1,

100 year, Commemoration,

Point Nepean National Park,

Portsea, 5th August 2014,

at 1245 hours









Queenscliff Pier with lighthouses

in the background

At Queenscliff you can catch the Ferry across

Port Phillip Bay to Sorrento.

Queenscliff to Sorrento Ferry

takes around 40 minutes,

much quicker than driving

via Melbourne City.









A thirty minute drive from Geelong

will bring to Queenscliff and

its fort museum.

Queenscliff has two lighthouses.

A black one inside the fort and

a white one outside the fort.

According to Google there are only

three black lighthouses in the world.


The Queenscliff black lighthouse

is the only one in

the Southern Hemisphere.








a military stronghold,
especially a strongly fortified


THe Old  Queenscliff Fort, now a museum,

contains one of the world’s three

Black Lighthouses…


…and the only one in the

Southern Hemisphere.