Re­gional se­crets

Un­canny sights await quest­ing visi­tors to Vic­to­ria.

Time Out (Melbourne) - - REGIONAL SECRETS - By Re­becca Russo

A black light­house on the Bel­lar­ine Penin­sula

Did you know Queen­scliff is home to the only black light­house in the South­ern Hemi­sphere? The Queen­scliff High Light is near the white Queen­scliff Low Light, and it’s painted this way so that ships can gauge dis­tance and nav­i­gate the no­to­ri­ously treach­er­ous mouth of Port Phillip Bay. àgel­li­brand St, Queen­scliff 3225.

Aus­tralia’s big­gest hedge maze

Mel­bur­ni­ans have the distinct plea­sure of be­ing able to get lost in the coun­try’s big­gest and most im­pres­sive hedge maze. Lo­cated at Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula’s Ash­combe Maze and Laven­der Gar­dens, this maze was planted more than 40 years ago and now stands at over three me­tres tall. Are you up for the chal­lenge? à15 Red Hill-shore­ham Rd, Shore­ham 3916.

A grav­ity-de­fy­ing hill in Mount Mace­don

Stand at the bot­tom of the hill on Straws Lane in Wood­end and face to­wards the in­cline. Place a ball on the road, and the ball will slowly roll up the hill, not down­hill. Spooky, yes, but not so off kil­ter when you stop to con­sider that you’re just two kilo­me­tres away from eerie Hang­ing Rock. às­traws Ln, Wood­end 3442.

Pink lakes in northwest Vic­to­ria

In the far northwest cor­ner of Vic­to­ria can be found Lake Cros­bie and its smaller sis­ter, Lake Hardy. These two lakes are made up of solid salt in sum­mer, and thanks to the pres­ence of a red al­gae called Du­naliella salina, they have a bril­liant rosy hue. ■ àmur­ray- Sun­set 3490.

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