We live in the hills above Dromana beach. Higher up in the hills above where we live though is a beautiful hinterland area with lots of beautiful bush walks, many wineries, galleries and restaurants. During the September school holidays there is yet another attraction to be found up there. It’s the Mornington Peninsula Hinterland Scarecrow Festival and Trail. Lots of different artists, schools and businesses create a scarecrow which is on display for visitors to see. A map is available from the Tourist Information Centre in Dromana or at various locations around the hinterland. When we had family visit this week we decided to take them up into the hinterland for a drive and a look at a number of the scarecrow creations.
The first one we saw was an outback vicar outside the Anglican church.
The next one was Dame Edna Everage, one of iconic Australian actor and comedian Barry Humphries’ characters.
I particularly liked Composto the scarecrow at Focus Support Services Centre with it’s compost bin and worms.
At the Michael Leeworthy Gallery the scarecrow was having to contend with a crocodile.
At Endota Spa local artist Lou Benetti had created Captain Jack from scrap metal. Not sure about his scarecrow status but it was scary enough and very well done.
Also Borris the bull by artists Lawrence and Maureen Marshall wasn’t really a scarecrow but would certainly fit in well on a farm.
Famous eye surgeon Fred Hollows could be seen at the Red Hill Op Shop.
Ryan (the seagull) of Rye wasn’t scared by any of the scarecrows. In fact I was able to have a bit of fun with him whilst he ate the ‘chips’ I fed him.
One of the better ones was the artistic scarecrow of Sir Arthur Streeton. Yes it is doubtful whether he painted cows up at Arthurs Seat, although he did create some lovely beach scenes down along the bay.
The last one I’ll include is this Bulldog mascot flying high to take a mark.
Again not really a scarecrow but dogs can certainly discourage birds. However it is topical as we are hoping the AFL Western Bulldogs are able to fly high and win their first premiership since 1954 when they meet the Sydney Swans at the MCG in Melbourne this afternoon. Go Bulldogs!
Extra note: Congratulations to the Western Bulldogs, 2016 Premiers after beating Sydney Swans by 22 points.