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Sunday, December 29, 2013

ARTHUR'S SEAT

Its a funny name for a hill, however we went for a drive to see the view from Arthur's Seat on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.

The view from Arthurs Seat is of Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula. Port Phillip Bay was discovered by John Miller in Jan. 1802. in the ship "Lady Nelson". He named the hill overlooking the southern part of the bay, Arthurs Seat after a similar hill in Edinburgh, Millers hometown.

On top of the hill there is a seat. It was another chilly morning but it warmed up in the afternoon.

Needless to say, TOH had to have his morning coffee to get through the rest of the day without being grumpy. The view from the cafe was fabulous.



A map showing Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. We stayed at Rye down near the bottom of the peninsula. Arthurs Seat is near Rosebud.

Photo from the web.
 Ten weeks after Miller had discovered the bay, Matthew Flinders sailed into the bay in the "Investigator" on his way around Australia. (1802) He was the first man to circumnavigate Australia and prove that it was a continent. He also suggested the name "Australia" for what was called New Holland (western side) and New South Wales (eastern side). While he was in the bay he climbed up Arthurs Seat Hill and built a cairn. We walked down from the summit to find the historic cairn. It has been made larger now.




26 comments:

  1. Beautiful views Diane. Just as well you took some warm clothes, looks like you needed them. Was good that you could spend Xmas with your grandies. Happy New Year. Cheers

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  2. I've not been right down the peninsula but have been to Philip Is three times. Lovely views!

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  3. I love the name: Arthur's Seat. Great piece on the history of the bay and John Miller and Matthew Flinders. I'm glad you dressed warmly. I get miserably chilly when touring and I've forgotten to bring a cardi. Season's greetings to you and Bill. May 2014 be wonderful for you. Cheers Jo

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  4. You look a little bit tiny sitting on that big seat Diane :) Imagine that cairn being up there for over 200 years, with a little bit of help it's looking good!

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  5. A good clear day to take in those magnificent views. Thanks for sharing the history of the place - really interesting.

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  6. lucky you travelled with some warmer gear; who'd have thought, one day on the beach, another rugged up

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  7. Intersting to learn about the origin of the name Arhur's Seat. Mount Martha is nearby, which always amuses me, thinking of that old expression, about someone not knowing if he was Arthur or Martha :-)

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  9. Certainly some nice views.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  10. Diane, looks like a beautiful place for a walk. The views are gorgeous! Lovely photos, thanks for sharing Arthurs Seat!

    Wishing you all the best in 2014, Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  11. i can imagine sailing around a 'new' continent would be exciting. :)

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  12. You look perfect in Aurthurs seat! Happy new year to you Diane!

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  13. That hill does have an usual name, but I was glad to see that it did in fact have a seat. The views are stunning.

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  14. Wow---I'd love to sit there on Arthur's Seat and enjoy the view. Gorgeous! That is a strange name for a hill --but what a beautiful place and view! Thanks for sharing.

    Happy New Year.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  15. It looks absolutely beautiful! I have an old friend who lives in that general area, near Cranbourne.

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  16. What a gorgeous view you had from Arthurs Seat. Thanks for sharing the history of this spot, I really enjoyed it.

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  17. I always thought 'Arthurs Seat' was a reference to King Arthur! I guess I'm just a bit too whimsical for my own good! It must have been a thrill to stand where Matt Flinders once stood - and it's a stunning view!

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  18. The Mornington Peninsula is stunning isn't it? I haven't been that way in years, and you have reminded me I should.

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  19. What wonderful views! And thanks for the Australia history lesson.

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  20. I have never heard of Arthur's Seat but wow what a view I would love to visit there and sit and enjoy the view.

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  21. Beautiful are to visit. Found your blog this year an really enjoying it. We are currently 8 months into our 12 month Aussie Adventure.

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  22. Happy new year Diane. I have been flat out so missed popping by for Christmas. Have enjoyed catching up on you Christmas in the post below. Kids sure do make a difference to Christmas.

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  23. Arthur will be delighted that he has an own seat in his honor in Australia !!
    Happy New Year !

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  24. Happy New year my friend. I love Arthurs Seat:) Hug B

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