Do you ever play tourist in your own backyard? And find local treasures right on your doorstep. Lately I’ve had an irresistible urge to revisit some absolute gems. Which is just as well, as this month we have no significant travel plans to travel too far. Still, I’ve been having just as much fun rediscovering some great places close to home.
One place, just fifteen minutes away, is a sandstone Memorial Tower in Kangaroo Ground. This twelve metre high tower was unveiled in 1926 and whilst it might pale in significance with anything Europe has to offer in terms of grandeur, it signifies an important piece of local history. It stands on Garden Hill and honors fallen soldiers from the first world war.
It stands on one of the highest points in the area and because of this in 1974 a fire watch box was erected at the very top of the tower. It’s still used in the summer months for fire spotting.
There are 53 knee bending steps to reach the top. It might not sound like much but the narrow spiral staircase gives the legs a good work out.
Intrepid Harry lead the way.
At the top the views are impressive. Sweeping vistas in all directions …
The Dandenong and Kinglake Ranges, Port Philip Bay, the skyline of Melbourne in the distance and sprawling vistas for miles.
Then it was time to go down. I practically sprinted the steps, keen to reach the bottom
Big mistake. Next day my knees were so sore I nearly didn’t make it to Zumba. Maybe I should have taken it slower. Lesson learned, slow down and savor the view.
At the bottom is a newer viewing platform with loads of history on the original inhabitants and pioneers of the area, including the military history and the history of the nearby tower.
It’s a peaceful and restful place. Proof that you don’t need to travel far to find beauty. Playing tourist in our own backyard can be so fun and uncomplicated.
In fact sometimes the best things can be found right under our nose.
What can you find of beauty right around the corner? To take you out of your normal routine and spark a renewed zest for seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary moments.