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~*~ The You Yangs ~*~

You Yangs

Anyone looking out from Geelong over Corio Bay or driving toward the city from Melbourne can't help but notice the peaks that rise from the grassy plains. These are the You Yangs, granite pinnacles that provided noted explorer and navigator Matthew Flinders with a vantage point to survey the area in 1802.

You can follow his footsteps, as I did, to the top of the 352-metre Flinders Peak, named in his honour, and enjoy views to Mount Macedon, the Brisbane Ranges, Geelong, Corio Bay and Melbourne.

The You Yangs are more than just a lookout. The regional park has excellent picnic and barbecue facilities, native animals, well-signposted walks and a drive that highlights the park's features.
More than 200 bird species have been identified in the You Yangs, along with kangaroos, koalas, possums and sugar gliders. The vegetation includes a variety of eucalypts such as manna gums, yellow gums and river red gums.

The name 'You Yang' comes from the Aboriginal words 'Wurdi Youang' or 'Ude Youang', meaning 'big mountain in the middle of a plain'. Aboriginal people enlarged natural hollows in the rocks to form wells that held water, even in dry seasons. Visitors can see these rock wells on the Big Rock.

Matthew Flinders was the first European to visit the You Yangs. On 1 May 1802, he and three of his men climbed to the highest point. He named it 'Station Peak' but this was later changed to Flinders Peak in his honour.
The You Yangs Regional Park is 55 km south-west of Melbourne and 22 km north of Geelong. Access to the park from the Geelong-Melbourne Freeway is clearly signposted via Little River or Lara.


~*~ Avalon Air Show ~*~

Earlier this Year.. 2003.

The Australian International Airshow was held in Avalon this year... and I had the good fortune to be here for the event.
The day was exciting, with lots of interesting things to see and do.
There were aircraft from many countries around the globe, all of them made this the spectacular show that it was.

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  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2004 at 6:41 PM

    Hi Susie , very nice Airshow pictures Shuttle looked great , I am glad I have this BIG Dodge Truck ,hard to loose that one ,plus I have Lori hehe,she will find it. Great page Susie

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2004 at 12:40 PM

    Love your airshow pictures. PJ

  • Aug 7, 2003 at 7:24 PM

    The airshow sounds interesting! And you're lucky living in that place, Susie...you can see all those Kangaroos anytime you like=)

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2003 at 10:13 PM

    Cool Page, I think the Shuttle is the best in the whole collection.:-)Keep the cool work Susie Lee!

  • olja1234's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2003 at 3:52 AM

    Wonderful indeed. Great collection of aircraft. and an interesting writing

  • MEdelmann's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2003 at 7:17 AM

    That's an interesting exhibition! Great!

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2003 at 3:29 PM

    At least a dent in your day is cheaper than a dent in your car :-)))

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2003 at 4:30 PM

    I've lost my car in big parking lots too! LOL Cool pics! I haven't been to an airshow in years!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2003 at 3:40 PM

    an interesting exhibition !

  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2003 at 11:23 AM

    Great page, I went to an airshow a few years ago, scared the life out of me!!! I also do that with my car, usually in Tesco's supermarket car park though :-)


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