Mornington

Although we’re home now, we spent a little time looking around Mornington.   These days, it has something of the look and feel of an outpost of suburbia.   However, its proximity to the sea and historical connections with Matthew Flinders give it a few interesting characteristics.   And, at the risk of a massive generalisation, someone commented to us that things were a bit quiet around town because “everyone’s gone to Queensland for the winter”!

The main street is quite long, with extensive car-parking behind the shops on one side and a shopping complex on the other side.   The shopping complex is built on the site of the former railway station.

The railway line, closed since 1981, still operates with a few heritage trains, but stops short of the town (resulting in there being no level crossing at Nepean Hwy).

These days commuters are catered for by a bus to Frankston.  There are 3 routes which when taken together give a basic 3 buses/hour frequency during the day (but not always at even 20 minute frequencies)!

The foreshore park has some nice views and allows for some interesting walking, as well as access to the beaches.   There are a number of memorials to Matthew Flinders (I’m planning a future post on these).

View from cliff top
Memorial to 15 members of the football team who were drowned in 1892.
Old police cells (modern police station behind)
A walking possibility!
Shopping complex where the railway station once stood.

Sorrento

After a “continental breakfast” (included in our room rate) consisting of generous serves of muesli, fruit, croissants and rolls and more, we ventured down the peninsula to Sorrento.   The day was cool and cloudy, but there was no sign of rain.

Lunch was at The Baths, our first visit after it was rebuilt after a fire a few years back.  Very pleasant welcome and nice food, although the kitchen was slightly slow I thought (not really complaining just mentioning).  We were amazed that the carpark at the Back Beach when we headed there was completely full – we had stumbled on a memorial service.    I returned later, when things were less hectic and. yes, the timeless atmosphere of the back beach is intact!

After a stroll around the shops, we headed to the Sorrento Hotel for “coffee with a view”, thence back to our accommodation to get ready for dinner.

The Baths – rebuilt
View from The Baths
Pop-up ice skating rink being erected on Sorrento foreshore
Sorrento Back Beach – timeless
Ferry watching while having a coffee
From balcony at our accommodation – city skyline across the bay

To Mornington

We’re spending a couple of nights at Mornington.    Yes, I know it’s not very far from home, but in a pleasant hotel room with a balcony giving an uninterrupted view of the Bay, we feel as though we could be in another country!

We arrived in time for a great lunch at The Rocks, down by the yacht club, and enjoyed a walk along the pier on a sunny winter’s day.   We then had dinner at the Royal Hotel.

The Rocks, Mornington
Yachts, Mornington
Sunset from hotel room

“Important notification from Tiger”

Receiving an email where the heading refers to an “important notification” had me on edge.  Indeed, our planned flight to Cairns in July had been changed.   That’s the price you pay when you book ahead to get a “good deal” (and if I recall correctly, also occurred last year, when we flew with Jetstar).

Thus, it was with apprehension that I checked the new details – but all that happened was that the timing had been adjusted by a mere 5 minutes!   Whew!   However, the flight number had been changed.

So I pressed the “I accept” button, and all seemed well.   Only then did it occur to me that the airfare that we’d paid  included the right to choose our seats.

Indeed, on further checking, our  allocated seats had not been transferred to the new flight.   Easily fixed with a few clicks of the mouse button, but most annoying if I had neglected  to check (there was nothing in the email to suggest that this was necessary).

Just the same, our travel is still well over a month away, so the potential for further changes still exists.

Train driving

It was interesting to see a recruitment advertisement a week or so back for trainee train drivers in a Sunday newspaper!   I suppose Metro are seeking to reach a wide audience, to get that “diversity” they say they’re seeking.

However, I assume that this is more on the basis of gender, rather than age!    And there might be issues regarding my sight.  So it wouldn’t be any use me applying!

That flight to London

One of the newsletters I receive alerted me on to the fact that there is a  social media campaign about Qantas’ new plane (a 787-900) that next year will fly Perth to London without stopping to refuel.  (Actually, the Financial Review has also mentioned it.)

The campaign is for the plane to be named the David Boon.  David Boon, the former Test cricketer, is said to hold the record for the greatest number of VB tinnies consumed on an Australian flight to London (52), for the 1989 Ashes tour.   No doubt it won’t come to pass, but what great publicity for  flight (although who, besides people from Perth, would want to go on it, especially in economy even with a little extra pitch but narrower-than-usual seats?).

But I trust they don’t call it Vegemite!  In the meantime, you can vote here.

Nelson (2)

I’ve previously mentioned that during my recent walk we had a rest day in Nelson, and I had no difficulty occupying myself for the day.   In addition to its permanent  population (in 2006) of 226, it seems to cater for holiday makers who have holiday houses and “boatsheds”. I assume that most of these would come from western Victoria and perhaps South Australia rather than from major cities.

Quite a distance from anywhere!

The only “shop” is a kiosk with a limited range of groceries and there’s a pub (nothing special, perhaps what you would expect in a small community) and a service station.  For accommodation, there’s a motel which is apparently run by the same person who runs the service station (and looked like it!), a caravan park, the pub and the B&B that we stayed at (NB no en-suites).   None of these options showed up for me on Booking.com.

There are well equipped BBQs and a children’s playground as well as good access to the river and estuary.

“Kiosk”

 

 

No doubt the regular visitors like the place, because it would be a good place to “chill out” with fishing, boating, swimming walking and generally a “relaxed” attitude to life.

BBQ area, and nice playground adjacent