Saturday, August 7, 2010

Suggested Itineraries for Touring Altona

Itinerary 1 - Altona Beach & Pier Street

  • Choose a Tuesday as the Altona Beach Market is held only every Tues from 9am-3pm
  • Stroll on Altona Pier and beach.
  • Beach activities - swimming, skiing, volleyball or just walk about in the sea water.
  • Recommended photo shoots: view from & under Altona Pier, Altona Beach, Norfolk Island Pines, Seaborn sculpture, mansions along the Esplanade, etc.
  • Visit the Altona Beach Market and shops along Pier St
  • Visit the Altona Homestead, which is open every Tues from 11am-2pm.
  • See the Pier Street Murals.
  • Visit the art gallery at Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre.
  • Lunch at one of the restaurants along Pier St or picnics at Logan Reserve. Have a relaxing time in this beautiful reserve.
  • After lunch, walk to Altona Train Station to take photos of the model train & art pieces.
  • Walk to the northern end of Pier St to Hobsons Bay Council Chambers
  • Pose for photos in front of the Chambers, Cannon, World War II Memorial, Flags, flower-bed roundabout. There are many sports facilities in this precinct.

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Itinerary 2 - Cherry Lake

  • Takes about 1-2 hours to walk around Cherry Lake. There are various good vantage points around the Lake offering superb sceneries, including a bird hide, various bridges, boadwalks, etc.
  • There is a large children's playground, a skatepark, barbeque facilities and toilets.
  • Have picnics on the nice lawns south of Cherry Lake or organize a barbeque outing there.
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Itinerary 3 - Eastern Foreshore

  • Depart your boat from the Altona Boat Ramp & Safe Boat Harbour for boating, yachting or fishing.
  • Lunch at Altona Sports Club
  • Embark on a trekking (3-4 hours) or cycling trip to Williamstown by following the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail, passing by the Pines' Scout Camp, through Altona Coastal Park, seeing the Requiem for a Champion Sculpture & the lone palm tree, be amazed by carpets of pink Carpobrotus glaucescens flowers in late October, crossing the Lower Kororoit Creek and visiting the awesome Jawbone Flora & Fauna Reserve on the way.

Itinerary 4 - Truganina Coastal Parklands

  • Early morning trek/cycle from Apex Park at the western end of the Esplanade to Laverton Creek, passing by Truganina Explosives Reserve.
  • Cross the Laverton Creek Bridge to Truganina Park.
  • Climb the 100 Steps to Federation to reach the Time Beacon sculpture at the summit and take in sweeping panoramic views of Melbourne City, Port Phillip Bay and the adjoining Cheetham Wetlands.
  • On the return journey, have a lunch and a game of golf at the Kooringal Golf Course.

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Itinerary 5 - Altona Bayside Festival

  • Visit the Altona Bayside Festival, which is held over a weekend every March. The highlight is the Grand Parade on Sunday, which usually begins at around 11 am. The procession starts from the southern end of Pier Street and ends at Cherry Lake Reserve.
  • The best vantage point is the roundabout in front of Hobsons Bay Council Chambers, where Pier Street meets Civic Parade.


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