We just had to see the Ballarat Gallery’s Icons exhibition. More about that later. We travelled up the day before the planned visit, and stayed overnight at the Creswick Novotel.
On the way, we paused for lunch at Bacchus Marsh. The road from the freeway into town was inexplicably congested. It soon became evident that this was the height of the “self pick” season (in particular, strawberries and cherries) and clearly those “in the know” were taking full advantage of the offerings at a couple of the places that offer this arrangement.
Our night was spent at the Novotel Resort, Creswick. We had got a good rate, by booking ahead on a “no refunds, no changes” basis, and choosing a not-very-busy night. The resort was fine with a golf course and quite a lot of eucalyptus around. However, it’s hardly in the middle of a forest, even though it’s called “Forest Resort”, but I guess we can’t be too picky.
The room was a typical resort room, comfortable, just a couple of minor maintenance issues (blown light globe, almost blocked basin in the bathroom). We wondered whether we should eat in, but the options in town seemed very limited indeed, and in fact we ended up having a very pleasant meal with a window table at a fair price.
We’d heard that there were kangaroos about, so after dinner (at dusk) we set off down the 9th fairway. At first we thought we were going to be disappointed, but then on the adjoining fairway we sighted a couple of kangaroos. Then, a little further on, there were more, and then yet more. We think there were well over a dozen all up.