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Built in 1848, the Cape Otway lighthouse sits 90 metres above the sea looking out over the Southern Ocean on Victoria’s Southern coast.
Known as “the shipwreck coast” because of the number of ships that floundered in this area, the lighthouse guided the boats into Bass Straight.
It was a beacon of hope for many thousands of 19th century migrants, who spent months travelling to Australia by ship, with Cape Otway their first sighting of land for months.
Cape Otway lighthouse is a great stopover if you are visiting the Twelve Apostles. There’s an information centre at the entrance gate and, as well as the lighthouse, there is the complex of lighthouse keeper cottages on the site.
Keep your eye out for the colony of koalas alongside the road into Cape Otway.
Halong Bay is a beautiful bay in Northern Vietnam about 100 kms from Ho Chi Min City. There are over 1,600 islands in the bay and almost as many cruise boats offering a wide variety of experiences.
As you cruise through the bay in one of the famous ‘junk boats,’ you’ll pass by countless towering limestone rock formations surrounding the luxury cruise ship. The bay was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and is today one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Vietnam.
Serra San Bruno is high up in the mountains of Southern Italy. You get there on a twisting road that snakes up through the highland forests.
Trees hang over the road to create a tunnel that filters the sun and cools the air. Snow signs warn that, in winter, this could be a more tortuous trail.