Australia Day has always been a great family day for Altona, with many activities for children, including children workshops, jumping castles, face painting, balloon sculptures, sand sculpture, etc. In particular, we look forwards to the free Cobb & Co and Cinderella rides, which are sponsored by the local Bendigo Community Bank each year. I had been carefully looking for it but no, I did not manage to find any blue shoe left behind in the Cinderella coach.

Video of the stationwagons

It happened that the family we shared the wagon ride with comes from Warrnambool. We booked a holiday accommodation at Cape Bridgewater during the Christmas to New Year vacation break and had spent the time visiting the surrounding areas, including Portland, Port Fairy, Nelson, Mt Gambier, Tower Hill and Warrnambool. Coincidentally, this family too camped at Cape Bridgewater a week ago.

On realizing that we are local Altona residents, they said that they found Altona to be a nice place and asked me how much it would cost to buy a house in Altona. Perhaps, they are thinking of moving to Melbourne?

I told the Warrnambool visitors that at least one thing is common between Altona and Warrnambool/Port Fairy/Portland. They are all coastal and share one iconic feature – streets lined with the majestic Norfolk Island Pines, particularly along the Esplanade (in Altona), Pertobe Rd (Warrnambool), Gipps St (Port Fairy) and Bentick St (Portland). These pine trees are not only physical landmarks but also carry cultural and social heritage values for all these places.

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Photo on the coach taken by the Visitors from Warrnambool

It is great to see people enjoying the various activities and of course, the free live music at Logan Reserve.

Concert at Logan Reserve – Song by Body & Soul

Many people bring their own chairs, tables and tents and set up their friend and family congregations in different parts of Logan Reserve.

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One thing new this year is a photo booth (from Geelong) which provides fanciful wigs, spectacles, hats and other accessories for people to make up and print free photos on the spot.

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These are our free gifts, which are pretty good! My wife had wanted trying a blue wig but this was quickly snapped up by another person. It’s a great day for our family.

Fancy Photo