Views over Penshurst from Mount Rouse

Mount Rouse

Panoramic views from Mount Rouse near Penshurst, Victoria, Australia. Mount Rouse is an extinct volcano on the outskirts of Penshurst. Mt Rouse offers uninterrupted views over the surrounding plains and towards the Grampians in the north, hence it is also site of one of the many fire towers in the bushfire prone state of Victoria.

Penshurst is a small town of about 500 people 275 km west of Melbourne, 31 km south-east of Hamilton, 50 km south-east of the Grampians. Penshurst is the centre of a large dairying, agricultural and pastoral district on a lava plain at the foot of extinct volcano Mt Rouse.

Before European settlement the Nareeb Nareeb and Kolor Aborigines occupied the area. Conflicts with white settlers and introduced diseases caused a rapid decline of the aboriginal population which could not be stopped by a reserve created around Mt Rouse in the 1840s.

Penshurst was laid out with very wide main streets to enable bullock trains to turn. Despite its declining population, Penshurst remains a tourist destination and an important service town to surrounding farms.

 

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Roses Gap after 2014 Northern Grampians Complex Fire, Grampians NP

Panorama from the Roses Gap area in the Grampians National Park.

Panorama of the Roses Gap area recovering from bushfire 3 months after the 2014 Northern Grampians Complex fire. On 15 January 2014 seven fires were ignited by lightning across the Grampians NP. 3 of these fires combined and swept through the northern part of the Grampians NP and private property. One life was lost and approximately 52,000 hectares of land were burned along with thousands of sheep, wildlife and 10 houses in addition to sheds, cars and fencing.

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View from Mount Rosea, Grampians NP

Panorama from Mount Rosea in the Grampians National Park.

Mount Rosea offers some of the most spectacular 360 degree views over the Mount Difficult Range, Lake Lonsdale, Wonderland Range, Lake Fyans, Lake Bellfield in the east, Serra Range in the south and Victoria Range in the west.

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Griffiths Island Lighthouse, Port Fairy

Panorama of Griffiths Island Lighthouse at historic Port Fairy on the Moyne River in Victoria.

The lighthouse made of bluestone was built in 1859 at the mouth of Moyne River on the eastern tip of an island which was then known as Rabbit Island.

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Under the old Gum Tree

panorama of gum tree

Panorama under the umbrella of wide branches of a large gum tree. Eucalypt trees, commonly known as gum tree play a dominant role in the Australian flora. The trees disperse fine drops of eucalypt oil into the atmosphere that not only causes a nice fragrance around gum trees but also increase the risk of fire to which these plants have adapted so well.

 

Limb hollows and broken branches provide nesting for cockatoos and parrots. River red gums grow along waterways and have heavy, hard, red coloured wood. While these trees are stunning in appearance they are known to drop large limbs without warning especially when under stress caused by high winds, extreme temperatures, drought, fire or flood.

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