I headed in to Mornington to drop my car off at a Land Rover specialist to give my Defender a meticulous service and check over in preparation for my intended trip across the Simpson Desert in several weeks time. Unfortunately as it turned out there was plenty to do including rebuild the front swivel hubs and replace the turbocharger. This ended up costing a lot and my plans to extend my trip by a few months is now unlikely. On the plus side my car is mechanically A1 as far as possible. I was given a loan car for the 2 weeks my car was at the mechanics. I took a drive out from Mornington to Fort Nepean.
Fort Nepean was built around the 1880’s to protect the colony of Melbourne and was used until 1945. The fort is recorded in history as having shot the very first shot of WW1 and of WW2. Numerous canons were used throughout its history. The fort is a maze undergr0und of tunnels where the gunpowder and shells were stored. A great day of walking around and exploring.
First along the walk is the bay where Harold Holt, our 17th Prime Minister of Australia went missing during an ocean swim.
More pics from around the Fort area.
Back along the road to Mornington I stopped at a little car park at Sullivan Bay Sorrento, where the first attempt at colonising Port Phillip Bay took place in 1803. Within one year the plan was abandoned due to lack of fresh water and good timber.
And a pic of my beautiful new turbocharger…