|Thursday – On our way to Lorne, we stopped at Timboon to visit The Timboon Railway Shed Distillery. An abundance of local produce is offered for tastings and sale to take home at the Distillery. From delicious handmade Belgian style chocolates to award winning cheeses along with whisky. I couldn't help myself & tried all the samples, Jim was so good & didn't try any. There were some yummy stuff.
We also stopped at Loch Ard Gorge. The gorge is named after the clipper ship Loch Ard, which ran aground on nearby Muttonbird Island on the 1st of June, 1878. Of the fifty-four passengers & crew, only two survived: Tom Pearce, a ship's apprentice, and Eva Carmichael, an Irishwoman immigrating with her family, both of whom were 18 years of age. According to memorials at the site, Pearce was washed ashore, and rescued Carmichael from the water after hearing her cries for help. Pearce then proceeded to climb out of the gorge to raise the alarm to local farmers who immediately set into plan a rescue attempt. Stairs at the Gorge allow visitors access to the beach and the cave were Tom took Eva to recover.
There is a cliff top cemetery at the Gorge, so of course we had to visit it. The cemetery has a monument to the Carmichael family and the other few bodies that were recovered from the shipwreck are buried there, in total there were only four (4) bodies recovered. The other survivor of the shipwreck is a spectacular decorative porcelain peacock made by Minton Potteries in England, which was being transported from England to be on display at Melbourne’s' Great International Exhibition of 1880. The peacock, which apart from a small chip on its beak, remained in pristine condition and is now on display at Flagstaff Hill. Current valuation of the peacock is in excess of four million dollars.
Lorne, what can I say about this place other than it would be the most expensive little town in Australia. Food prices in the supermarket are overall dearer than what you would pay in Central Australia at the rock. Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park deserves maybe a one star rating at the best. Off peak, a powered site is $28 a night and at peak times it rises to $55. The park is offering a deal - if you stay for two nights you get the third night for free, we have decided that we will not take up their offer.
Lorne is Yuppieville at its best and really, there is nothing more Jim and I can say about the place, it did nothing for us. What a surprise to find that the people parked next to us actually live in Hervey Bay and have been there around the same time as us.
Saturday we are off to Bacchus Marsh to catch up with family & friends.