Every now and then we are reminded of exactly where we live - in a country blessed with 21 of the most venomous snakes on earth, from a list of the top 25.

We are 150km south west of Melbourne, on the Great Ocean Road,at the equally iconic Cape Nelson Lighthouse - famous for whale watching, vicious swarms of marauding March flies - and the funky ambiance of Isabella's Cafe.

The flat whites are welcome, piping hot and strong, the fresh croissants filled with cheese and sun-dried tomatoes. All to the gentle strains of Simone and Sinatra.

When time to go, we ask for directions to the toilets, taking care to close the door when leaving, the local snakes prone to sneaking in and drinking from the toilet cistern.