On International Womens Day, March 8. I decide to escape the city and take a drive into the countryside. My destination was the town of Lismore in the Western District of Victoria. It was, and is, still the merino wool capital of the world. Originally farmed by many wealthy graziers. The western district is home to much larger farms and some of the pastoralist have gone. The town of Lismore is situated apx. 1 hour and 15 minutes from melbourne and can be reached by the Hamilton Highway. Along the way I passed through the pretty town of Inverleigh, where my former boss Matt Dempsey has a 3 hat restaurant called Gladioli.
On the drive you can see some magnificent dry stone walls around paddocks. I marvel at the craftsmanship of these because they must have taken so long to construct and yet still stand today.
There is a large body of water, of which you travel across the north end of called Lake Corangamite. It is in the basin of a long ago volcano. The lake i took pics of is a water reserve called Lake Tooirioli and the hill in the background is Mt Elephant. Of course its all about the dresses. It is a truly awe inspiring collection put together by a lady named Dorothy Nichol. It began as a hobby to keep reminders of just dresses that everyday folk wore but now it has grown, as people donate their mothers, fathers, grandparents legacies. i used a point and shoot camera, so apologies if they seem a bit amateurish.
I will definitely be back. enjoy the slideshow.