Time for a day trip to beautiful Mornington Peninsula. For the distance and general gorgeousness, it's worth heading out of the big smoke for the whole day.
10:00am - a photo wander and general sticky beak at Cape Schanak Lighthouse. We can see the lighthouse, the boardwalk and sea scapes. A self-guided tour up into the fully operational Lighthouse includes a viewing out on the balcony. There are very few Lighthouse left operating in Australia that still have all the workings still in place and with the original Lens still shining its full distance. The museum is expanding all the time and is very informative with a listing of the many ship wrecks and stories from the descendants of the early lighthouse keeper families.
420 Cape Schanck Road, Cape Schanck
12:00ish - take your time, and come when you're ready (20 mins drive away), for coffee and lunch at The Rosebud Hotel. Looks like a bit of an institution for Rosebud.They have the usual line up of pub fare at regular pub prices.
1099 Point Nepean Rd Rosebud
2:00ish - you have two options:
1. Arthur's Seat - if you feel like more nature and landscape then head to
Rising above the Mornington Peninsula, Arthurs Seat is the most familiar of all Port Phillip Bay landscape features. Its 314-metre summit, reached by road or on foot, gives spectacular views of the bay and Port Phillip Heads. On a clear day the view extends as far as the city skyline, the You Yangs and Mount Macedon. Take the pleasant one hour circuit walk to Kings Falls or visit the delightful Seawinds Garden featuring indigenous and exotic formal gardens, along with sculptures by William Ricketts.
Here's the website and directions.
Arthurs Seat Scenic Road
- History buffs will enjoy one of Victoria's earliest houses, built in 1844 by lawyer Andrew McCrae and his artist wife, Georgiana. One of the few examples of a drop slab construction, made using local materials such as messmate, stringybark and wattle. Three thousand bricks were used to build it. Georgiana's great-great-grandson bequeathed it to the National Trust in 1970.
Entry $10, open 12-4pm (note their closing time).
11 Beverley Road McCrae
- dusk at Dromana Beach for shooting the famous beach houses in the setting sun, followed by some night light shooting and whatever takes your fancy for this part of the day! You’ll find colourful bathing boxes which were first built in the 1880s to protect the modesty of ladies wishing to bathe.
Tips to make the day run smoothly
Please buddy up/car pool and make sure there are no newbies hanging on their own. Move in mini-groups and then you know the meet up points and times through out the day. If you decide to head home or do your own thing, that's cool, no need to let me know.
Please consult the maps and links abovementioned, as it will be very hard for me to try to follow up on people running late and getting lost etc. Charge up your smart phones and follow your GPS directions.
Any other thoughts or suggestions or requests on car pooling, as this is a big event, please add your comments here or make friends via The Photo Hive to get yourselves organised.
- well - I do love to travel light with my single Canon body with my lovely little 50mm lens - that's just me. You may like wide angle to capture the scale and size of things.
Bring a tripod and other lighting goodies like torches/sparklers/flash etc if you want to do some low light/night shooting at the beach.
I'm enjoying hosting these events for you all, and hopefully you're getting the most out of your photography opportunities by shooting on manual mode with your dSLR's, learning and practicing, and making some new friends along the way.
If I have not yet met you, please come say hi.
Looking forward to it, see you there - and please be on time for the first meeting point at 10am.
Load your photos at The Photo Hive.
Please be aware that the personal safety of you and your guest(s) is your responsibility for the duration of the above mentioned Melbourne Shoot and Walk Group meet up event. Thanks!
Beth Jennings Photography
dSLR Manual Camera Workshops - learn what all the buttons do on your camera and use it as it was intended - in manual mode. Creative Camera Course - gain confidence with your manual camera and learn to creatively capture what lives in your mind's eye.