I dropped in to the friendly Yarram Golf Club during the course of my work day and was enchanted by its atmosphere. Not being a golfer myself, I can only comment about the aesthetic appeal and the hospitality of the clubs committee members.
A couple of golf enthusiasts from Melbourne were saying that the greens were the best they had seen, and on a quick tour myself, even I was impressed. Yarram has suffered several years of low rainfall (some might even call it a drought), but the course was in immaculate condition.
The Club is really keen to have new people come along and they certainly provide an affordable membership and pleasant facilities. They can also cater for groups of almost any size, in a relaxed environment, where queues are a rarity.
Most days you’ll be able to see native Australian wildlife in the form of kangaroos, koalas and native bird species in this delightful, natural bushland setting. No wonder it was rated among the ten best golf courses in Australia.
It’s easy to line up photos of straight angled images such as bridges, fences and power lines, but it’s often more difficult in low light conditions like the shaded and sheltered rain-forested national parks in Victoria. I love the way the tree ferns and even the dried leaves on the Blackwood trees, enhance the directness of this path way.
Suspension Bridges always amaze me with their strength of construction … and this one at Tarra Bulga in Victoria, Australia is no different. The park has many other interesting features, waterfalls, walking tracks, a visitor center, gigantic tree ferns, picnic benches and BBQ’s, huge Mountain Ash trees.
The walking tracks here are fantastic, and much safer to use in the drier summer months when the boardwalks aren’t so slippery. This national Park has a mystical quality and it wouldn’t surprise me if a forest fairy poked it’s head out from behind a large tree root – but then I can always image!
It’s always so nice to see the great turn up of people at the local farmers markets, for the arts and crafts and freshly grown organic produce in so many of the towns in South Gippsland. Places like Foster, Cowes, Coal Creek, Churchill Island, Grantville Inverloch, Jumbunna, Newhaven, Korumburra, Loch, Leongatha, Philip Island, Tarwin Lower, Mirboo North, Wonthaggi and Yarram all seem to have markets on a regular basis.
This particular photo of fresh vegetables, silver-beet, spring onions, sweet potato, beans celery, capsicum, lettuce, pumpkin, was taken at the Organic Produce Market in Koonwarra.
He was a bit of a ratbag though, and had started stripping the sunflowers of their leaves … so he’s been sectioned off with some electric fencing where he can’t do any more damage to their amazing fruit and vegetable garden.
Many thanks to Pete and Les who have been such wonderful friends for many years now. When we dropped in on them unannounced in January, they took us on a garden tour and then invited us for tea. They’re incredibly generous and nothing is ever too much. My daughter Krissi and I appreciate them both greatly.
Yarram is about 30 minutes past Foster on the South Gippsland Highway. It’s an older established farming community with a large secondary college, many churches, a great art gallery and tourist information and a very useful shopping center, especially for those who may be holidaying in the seaside towns of Port Albert or Woodside.
This first panorama is of the main street stretch of shops on the eastern side of the highway.
Yarram also has a well known golfing club which runs special events throughout the year. It isn’t unusual to be teeing off or driving over kangaroos grazing on the green grassy fairways.