Racing Triumphs have so much character.
Convicts were brought to help clear the land and build a settlement at Sorrento. Of several convicts that tried to escape, William Buckley was the only one to not be captured. He survived by living with the natives for 30 years until Melbourne was later settled in the 1830s.
Four graves on the original 1803 site have been preserved and the small part of the surrounding land includes a walking path with plaques describing the history of the settlement.
Our friends live close by Sorrento at Blairgowrie and their home is only walking distance to the back beach which faces towards Bass Strait and Tasmania. The surf rolls in on the back beach and is in direct contrast to the mostly calm Port Phillip Bay no more that 2 kms away on the opposite side.
In 1967, our then Prime Minister, Harold Holt went skin diving at Cheviot Beach, off the tip of the Peninsula. He disappeared without a trace.
Above: London Bridge on the back beach.
Below: The back beach overlooking Bass Strait.
Another event on Sunday was the "Round the Bay" cycling charity ride of 200 kms. I decided to ride home from Blairgowrie (approx 80 km) and joined the approx 7,000 plus riders enjoying the sunny spring day.
Amazingly, I just happen to meet another old friend (read old fart) I hadn't seen for years and we rode together, reminiscing about our past cycling careers (all exaggerated of course).Even seagulls enjoy the odd bicycle ride.
Our short weekend on the Peninsula can't allow for describing the many features of this playground of Melbournians. It features water sports, cafes, vineyards and a rich history that needs at least a week to absorb - below are a few links that will give a better insight to the Peninsula that my short blog can't offer. See you next Monday.