Victoria

From Dicovery Bay, in the west, to the first hills of Blue Mountains, via the city of Melbourne.
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Victoria

Australia, Victoria. At the western end of the state, near Portland, Cape Bridgewater is an interesting geological site. Discovery Bay's curving outline is what remains of an ancient crater submerged by the sea. A bit further west, another geological point of interest: these are not fossil trees but tubes which survived erosion better than the surrounding sandstone, thanks to the harder quality of their stone.
Australia, Victoria. One of the most mythical roads of Australia, the Great Ocean Road runs, from west to east, between Portland and Melbourne. On its western side, the ocean rough waters have turned sandstone and limestone cliffs into an awesome landscape.
Australia, Victoria. The most spectacular -- and most popular -- portion of the Great Ocean Road runs within Port Campbell National Park. The site called "12 Apostles" has retained its photographic quality, albeit the fact that only 10 of these giants remain standing today. Two of these famous monoliths did not survive the ever relentless action of the wind and swirling waters.
Australia, Victoria. East of the 12 Apostles, the Great Ocean Road curves into striking lookouts over craggy cliffs and rough waters in waves coming from Antarctica.
Australia. Melbourne, capital city of Victoria, grew from the 1850's gold rush into the early 20th century industrial and financial powerhouse of the country. Melburnians take great pride in the grand Victorian and neo-classic architecture inherited from their city's glorious past along with a certain "art de vivre". In the foreground, Queen Victoria Market, takes an active part in maintaining this tradition in the very heart of the city.
Australia, Victoria. Around Melbourne city centre, each suburb has kept alive its own small town atmosphere. Among old commercial buildings, the pretty façades located at the corner of Main Street have often been turned into trendy restaurants.
Australia, Victoria. This is a typical Main Street of North-West Melbourne with its line of brightly coloured commercial façades built during the first decades of the 20th century. Awnings were later added to protect shoppers from the sun or rain.
Australia, Victoria. Collins and other neighbouring streets are lined with impressive examples of Melbourne's elaborate architecture.
Australia, Victoria. Here, the entrance hall of a bank proves -- if need be -- that Melburnian architecture is just as strikingly grand on the inside as on the outside.
Australia, Victoria. Melbourne city centre is laid out with a network of arcades built in the second half of the 19th century which are still lined today with the same chic boutiques. They have also maintained their original decorations, such as here in the Royal Arcade, where Gog and Magog ring on the hour as faithfully as their London cousins.
Australia, Victoria. The magnificent red brick building of Melbourne public baths which were erected in Edwardian style during the early years of the 20th century remains a popular spot with city bathers.
Australia, Victoria. King and its surrounding streets are the pedestrian department store area of Melbourne city centre. Here is a superb example of its façades dating back to the early years of the 20th century.
Australia, Victoria. A close-up on one of Melbourne's department stores from last century: a sober neo-classical architecture with just one mosaic, a garland around the name of the store's early founders, Buckley and Nunn.
Australia, Victoria. Again in Melbourne city centre, this almost austere commercial building was erected during the Art-Deco period.
Australia, Victoria. On this Art-Deco façade, a fantastic mosaic fresco romanticizing the development of global transport states: "I will put a girdle round the world".
Australia, Victoria. Flinders Street Station is Melbourne's main hub and possibly most emblematic building, with its yellow brick and bronzed dome.
Australia, Victoria. Here is Little Bourke Street and the gate to Melbourne's Chinatown, settled in this area since the 1850's.
Australia, Victoria. One last nostalgic look at Melbourne skyline for the traveller heading for Tasmania...
Australia, Victoria. After returning from Tasmania, exploration of the coastline was resumed, towards Wilsons Promontory National Park. That day the nearby township of Yanakie held a horse-riding show featuring a rodeo gymkhana, a competition during which each contestant had to take a calf through a set of guidelines, combining leading skills with speed.
Australia, Victoria. Wilsons Promontory National Park is the southernmost point of continental Australia and a former landbridge to Tasmania.
Australia, Victoria. Whisky Bay, in Wilsons Promontory National Park is a popular spot for a stroll, with its white beach and light-coloured granite boulders.
Australia, Victoria. Corner Inlet is a natural reserve near Wilsons Promontory, a sanctuary for marine wildlife and a perfect spot for bird watching.
Australia, Victoria. Corner Inlet natural reserve changes appearance along with the tide. At low tide, a long beach appears with its string of algae left on the sand by the receding waters.
Australia, Victoria. At high tide, sea birds return to the beaches of Corner Inlet. In the background stands Granite Island.
Australia, Victoria. Dusk setting on the natural reserve of Corner Inlet. This mysterious pyramid of poles holds a stone in its center which drowns and resurfaces according to the tide.
Australia, Victoria. East Wilsons Promontory, Yarram is a pleasant coastal town. Main Street is lined with commercial buildings erected in the 1910's.
Australia, Victoria. This well-maintained red brick edifice is Yarram's courthouse.
Australia, Victoria. Stratford on Avon. With such a Shakespearian name, this Victorian village could not possibly do without a theatre... It is housed, along with the post office, in a red brick building.
Australia, Victoria. Food store, news stand, coffee house, etc.... This all-in-one shop has been an active part of Bruthen community since 1860, at the eastern border of the state.
Australia, Victoria. These very hills mark the border between the states of Victoria and New South Wales which begin further east.