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At Cape Bridgewater

Here we are looking at the blowholes and petrified forest at Cape Bridgewater, an absolutely beautiful spot just outside Portland. It's obviously usually very windy here because there are lots of wind farms, but today it was calm. We had to have a swim at Bridgewater beach because it looked so inviting, but the water was very cold! Tonight we're staying at Narrawonga, right on the river.




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Umpherston Sinkhole

This was an impressive sight! It's at Mt Gambier and was really busy on Easter Saturday.
The Umpherston Sinkhole was made into a garden by James Umpherston in 1886. The sinkhole is open from dawn to dusk and, as the sun sets, the Umpherston Sinkhole comes alive with hundreds of possums as they come into this tranquil garden to feed.




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Snorkelling at Ewens Ponds

The temperature in these ponds is about 15 degrees all year. We hired wetsuits(including gloves and hats) to swim through the ponds. It was like swimming through the best freshwater fish tank! Here's the Wikipedia entry: *Ewens Ponds* is a series of three water-filled limestone <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limestone> sinkholes <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinkholes> in the Australian state of South Australia <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Australia>located in the gazetted locality of Eight Mile Creek <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight_Mile_Creek,_South_Australia> on the watercourse known as Eight Mile Creek <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight_Mile_Creek_(South_Australia)> about 25 kilometres (16 mi) south of Mount Gambier <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Gambier,_South_Australia> and 8.4 kilometres (5.2 mi) east of Port Macdonnell <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Macdonnell,_South_Australia>.[2] <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ewens_Ponds#cite_note-PLB-2> The ponds are popular with recreational divers <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recreational_diving> due to underwater visibility of up to 80 metres (260 ft).[*verification needed <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Verifiability>*] It has a large fish population including the endangered golden pygmy perch <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_pygmy_perch>. Ewens Ponds has been part of the Ewens Ponds Conservation Park <https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ewens_Ponds_Conservation_Park> since 1976.

Margaret Chidgey
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Wine tasting in the Coonawarra

Spent a day tasting wines, mostly reds, in The Coonawarra. This was taken at Redman Wines. The guy saw us taking photos in the vineyard and hurried out with a case for us to pose with. In the end we all bought wine from him. David also bought wine from Zema Estate and some champagne for me from Patricks.




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In The Grampians

90_9ACFA5BAD48565232A5B9AD1CD899E43.jpeg90_IMG_1719.jpgClimbing to the Pinnacle in The Grampians. This is the Silent Staircase, which went on forever! The total walk was 4.8 km, pretty much straight up.

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