We like to visit the small out-of-the-way places and the unassuming township of Tooradin proved an unexpectedly peaceful and interesting place. Situated on Western Port Bay, 60 km south east of Melbourne city it has a tiny beach, mud flats, remnants of an old pier, myriads of soldier crabs and birdlife.
The region hosts the largest area of White Mangrove south of the tropics.
Top that off with the picturesque Old Jetty Cafe, which served very nice snacks.
It’s only a 15 minute drive south, off the main Princes Highway, although we managed to take a wrong turn getting back and ended up in traffic crawling through sprawling new housing estates to the north of Tooradin. An ugly aspect of Melbourne’s growth. #LamyPen, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8.25ins.
Pity we were rained out at the Fiesta Malaysia event but not before our friends in the Peranakan Association got to do their song and dance and we got to enjoy some satay and roti chanai from the numerous food stalls. I put a grey wash over the whole sketch after I got home. It helped depict the gloomy wet day.
Sketched this while flocks of noisy cockatoos were circling overhead. Emerald Lake Park, Victoria, is a really beautiful spot and made us feel better about having to pay $6 to park in an empty carpark on a Thursday.
The Lakeside station of the famous Puffing Billy steam train is adjacent to the lake. #LamyPen, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8.25ins.
We made the most of the wonderful autumn weather with a drive out Gippsland way (that's the area east of Melbourne city). A stop for morning tea and sketch in a park opposite the Railway Hotel in the township of Warragul. I was expecting more of this service centre for agriculture and dairy farming but it was rather drab and run down.
Further east, a stop for lunch at the cafe strip in the tiny town of Yarragon. Someone here had some foresight to make this strip so pretty with gift shops, cafes and a rather nice art gallery.
At Yarragon there is a little art store called Tritec Art Supplies. I was struck by their range of hand bound leather journals (SS brand. I think only for dry media). So tempting but I didn't buy any.
Sketching in the car was hard. Just toooo bumpy...but maybe I kinda like the sketches.