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Barwon Heads, about 100 km from Melbourne, is a small holiday resort town of about 3000 people, located at the mouth of the Barwon River, where it flows into Bass Strait after passing through Geelong. The recent trip around the Bellarine Peninsula, undertaken by TE members Santo, Klaudio, Steve and I, finished on the beach near The Bluff lookout. After crossing the wide estuary of the Barwon River as dusk approached, we quickly found the road to the lookout, where we hoped to see a fine sunset. In the end, we were not disappointed as we descended from the lookout to the beach. This photo was taken at at 8pm, as the sun appeared below the cloud cover, about half an hour before it disappeared completely.

Some years ago, the Australian government TV station, the ABC (like the BBC) produced a pleasant Sunday-evening series called 'Sea Change' (sort of a sophisticated soapie), which was filmed partly in Barwon Heads and partly in another Bellarine Peninsula town called St. Leonards. It was very successful at the time, and I think it might have helped to feed the property boom (should that be 'bubble'?) in coastal towns, as many people, herd-like, began to strive for a view of the sea from their lounge window. On this topic, I once inspected a small apartment in Melbourne which was advertised as having 'sea glimpses'; I found this promise to be true, if one stood on a chair in a corner.

The map link, for those who are interested, shows precisely where I was standing when I took the photo.

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