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Looking across the Moyne River towards a small farmlet, beside the bridge on the Princes Highway leading into the town of Port Fairy, a couple of kilometres further on. The small building at the right side of the picture is a tiny wooden church, that has been well restored and maintained. I took a shot or two from on the bridge itself, but the experience was so scary that I didn't allow myself time enough to make any worthwhile compositions. The bridge was narrow, without a footpath, and had little room on each side to stand, as the trucks and buses roared past making the bridge shake enormously. Several of them hooted me as I practically leaned right over the protective fence to leave them space.

This one looks towards the south west, and the grass is surprisingly green. However, once one moves away from the river the landscape turns dry and brown. The whole region seems to have a strong identification with Ireland, and there is even a nearby hamlet called Killarney. The name of this river is also Irish, and the oldest pub in Port Fairy is called the Caledonian Inn. The nearby town of Koroit is renowned for its potato farming. A Sydney solicitor called Atkinson bought so much land in the town in 1843 that he managed to have it renamed as Belfast, his home town, and so it remained for more than 50 years until the Victorian Parliament gave it back its original name. Port Fairy started life as a whaling port but these days is popular with tourists and holiday makers, and famous for its Folk Music Festival, which will be held next weekend.

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