Fields of Gold @ the Canola Fields

Check out my 2016 Canola Photo-shoot here

Spring is the season of blooming flowers and renewal after those cold and gloomy winter days. What’s good to do during the Springtime here in Melbourne? I would instantly say, road-trip over to Little River and Point Wilson to see the Canola Fields. It is literally fields and fields of gold before your eyes.

So where is Little River and Point Wilson? Well, if you have been reading my blog,  my earlier entries talked about the Yarra Ranges which is to the east of the Melbourne CBD. Well, lets  journey over to the opposite side of the compass, to the West, shall we?

Point Wilson and Little River are about 55km from the Melbourne CBD, resulting in a 45-50 min drive which isn’t too bad so long as you don’t drive it in peak-hour. I learned my lesson. I went on a Monday and the car trip back at 5pm-ish was not fun. For that reason, going during the weekends is recommended.

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I rarely  drive in the western direction because the M1 is always packed with large trucks and cars. Factories line the side and overall, it is a very very different feel from the drive around the Yarra Ranges. I personally find the drive to be very industrial. But after the rain comes the sun, so eventually, the factories gave way to grassland, hills and farmland! It becomes fairly cruisy from then onwards.

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Photo: Say goodbye to the industrial factories west of the CBD and embrace nature!
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Photos: I love hay rolls for some reason. It just seems so country / rural style and I like it that way 😀

Here in the west side, you can find Canola Fields scattered everywhere but the notable ones are the ones on the outskirts of Little River and Point Wilson. Do note that the Canola fields are not around during the entire spring time (Sept-Oct-Nov).  I think they are harvested by mid-late November, so visiting before then is highly recommended.

Little River Vs Point Wilson Canola Fields

The travel time between Little River and Point Wilson is roughly 11 min. The Little River Canola Fields are surrounded by a wire fence, so you cannot actually go inside to take photos. On the other hand, the one at Point Wilson, there is also a wire fence, but there is also a small gate opening saying “Please close upon entering and leaving”. Seeing as many people were pulling over to open the gate and drive inside, I took that as an invitation to venture inside as well.

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Photo: Upon opening the gate, you drive straight and then turn left into this narrow road which has Canola fields on either side.

The photo makes the road look really wide but in actual fact it was pretty narrow. On the right hand side, you can see a moat of water running parallel with the canola fields. The last thing you would want is for your car to fall into that moat and get stuck there. Attempting a three-point-turn wasn’t possible, so I had the fun of driving out backwards.

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Venturing off the road into the actual canola field was hard work to say the least. You don’t want to step on any of the flowers yet at the same time, because they are so densely packed it is hard not too. When you come out (particularly if you were wearing  black plants like I was), you will see that your pants will be covered in a layer of thick yellow pollen. If you try to brush it off, majority should come off but you will get a smudge of yellow across your pants too. Well, off to the laundry those pants will go.

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Photos: I finally get to shoot a lone tree photo! Even better, the lone tree is situated within a field of gold. The “lone tree” can be found at the Little River Canola Fields. I took it by leaning over the fence : p

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Check out my 2016 Canola Photo-shoot here

 

-Summary-

  1.  Visit the Little River and Point Wilson Canola Fields in the months of September-Oct-Early Novemeber
  2.  It is situated west of the CBD (~55km = ~45 min)
  3.  Recommend the Point Wilson Canola Fields because you can physically drive inside though be mindful of the narrow roads and moats of water (you do not want your car falling in!!!)
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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Miriam says:

    Nothing beats getting out of the city and seeing those yellow fields. Lovely!

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