The Golfer and I decided to put aside the cares of the world today and head out to our favourite escape destination, with the ubiquitous fish ‘n’ chips for lunch.
Then, instead of a walk around Sorrento’s shops, we opted to go on to Portsea, then to the Point Nepean National Park. Until recently, this was a military area and not open to the public, but it’s now a beautiful park with walks and the original Quarantine Buildings which have been opened as museum type areas.
We took just a short walk to the Observation Point, where the authorities could view ships coming in through the Heads
On our walk there and back, we were the only ones on the track; all we could hear was the breeze through the tee-tree, cicadas and birds – so restful. The highlight of the day, though, was spotting an echidna. I’ve never seen an echidna in the wild. By the time I got my phone set up in camera mode he’d ducked down a burrow. On the way back he was out again! I tried to be very quiet, but they must have acute hearing……this is the best I could do. You can just make out his spines in the middle of the photo.
Can you see the words on this flag?
It reads “Foul Luggage Store”; not only were people quarantined, but all their clothing and luggage too. There’s some interesting information and photos about lots of early ships that were quarantined, mostly for influenza around 1918 (Spanish flu?), but quite a few for smallpox too.
These buildings were the hospitals
I shall do an Anne now and show my attempts at “arty pics”!!