Snakes on a plane – no its the beach

Living in the country I have encountered snakes on several occasions over the years. The first thing you are told is don’t worry as the snake is more scared of you than you are of it. In my case definitely not. Lucky for them that they have no ears as my high pitch screaming could do them serious damage. My running in the opposite direction could put the Flash to shame.
So when I see snakes on the beach signs I take it very serious. The sign pictured is out the front of the surf life saving club in Port Fairy. It wasn’t there when I had breakfast at Charlie’s but when I went back for a walk on the beach in the evening it quickly caught my attention. Most people wouldn’t realise that snakes are a common occurrence around beaches. Recently my neighbour encountered a snake in the toilet block near Pea Soup (flushing the urinal must be difficult for them) and if you take beach walks at Warrnambool there are regular signs pointing out to beware of snakes.
The snakes are always around and encounters are few and far between but a welcome reminder keeps it in the mind to beware of your surroundings. Although seeing a snake is scary it is quite thrilling to see one in the wild or near the beach as long as you are not too close. So next time you see a snake or two wearing beach towels while dragging a body board behind stay back, get a shot and report it if you think people are at risk.
Stay safe and enjoy the beach.

Cheese World Allansford

Located on the outskirts of Warrnambool in Allansford is Cheese World.  If you are having trouble figuring out what this place slap bang in the middle of the South West dairy region is all about the let me inform you – it’s CHEESE!

I realise not everyone is excited by cheese – although I am – but there is a lot more on offer than just a world of cheese.  Let’s start with the obvious. There is a lot of locally made cheese on offer with one of my favorites being the wasabi cheese.  There are regular tastings but you may want to check beforehand on times so you don’t miss out. There is also a very good selection of wines so you can head back home with your evening essentials.  

Cheese World has a large cafe which specialises in cheese platters and Ploughman’s lunches.  It is open for breakfast, lunch and snacks. As you are in dairy country you absolutely must try a milkshake using local product.

If you are not into dairy there is plenty on offer including the Cheese World Museum.  The museum shows off the equipment and household items used in the early 1900s. Great for both adults and children.  Its free so no strain on the family budget there. It is also a way of showing how the Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory (owners of Cheese World) have been involved in the local area since 1888.  Only 10 minutes out of Warrnambool so it is well worth the effort.



Phone: (03) 5565 3127

Address: 5330 Great Ocean Rd, Allansford VIC 3277

Monday:  9 am to 5 pm
Tuesday:   9 am to 5 pm
Wednesday:   9 am to 5 pm
Thursday:   9 am to 5 pm
Friday:   9 am to 5 pm
Saturday:   10 am to 4 pm
Sunday:   10 am to 4 pm


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Why I hate the Warrnambool CBD parking meters.

Often people state that hate is a bit strong a word to use but my dislike of these new meters is definitely well beyond just a disliking. I find them so bad that I visit the CBD far less and prefer to shop at the centres. I have asked around and no-one I have spoken to has heard of needing to put your car registration into a parking meter before.
I am quite literate with electronics but this meter through me so much the first time I actually got back in my car and drove off. The second time I was attempting it two elderly ladies stopped to ask if I had figured it out. I stated “not yet” to which they replied “we parked several blocks away because we couldn’t use it” and that “they would look at shopping somewhere else”.
I don’t know what the idea was behind these meters but sitting out the front of a business where I was waiting for someone I witnessed a parade of frustrated people attempting to use the meters. Most had to walk back to their car to get the rego. How does this benefit the Council? Do they save a few free minutes of parking because now when you pull up you can’t use any left over minutes?
With the millions of dollars spent rejuvenating the CBD I would have thought the Council would be doing everything to get people back. This is not the way. If you are visiting – write your rego number down and allow enough time to fathom the parking meters. Best of luck.