Australia

Rainy days, stunning views and tardy penguins

After almost a full week in Melbourne, it is time to start road tripping again! On the programme: the great ocean road.

This morning we started off by picking up our new rental car. A Hyundai in a colour I do not quite know how to describe… We packed our lunches and our many bags and there we go!

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After driving through Melbourne first, past the beaches of St. Kilda it is quite a drive until we reach the first lookout. Yes, there are many beaches you can visit at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road, but we are not that much into beaches and have spent our morning on a last stop of our personal Phryne Fisher tour (more in another blog). Besides, the sun unfortunately does not always shine in Australia (I know, I am appalled as well!) so we have to pick our moments. But when the sun does shine and you reach one of those lookouts, it’s quite amazing.

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Like mr. Scientist already wrote in his post, only parts of the road look like this. Other parts are quite boring to be honest – and again especially when it rains. On the first day we stop several times to enjoy the views, and take a little walk along the Erskine Falls. Although at the car park several walks are listed, there is no way of knowing whether we are on the shorter round walk or have accidentally taken the long route. Because we want to be at our hotel before the sun goes down and our walk only seems to go straight on, we decide to walk back.

Erskine FallsNo you do not have to worry, we did not completely cut ourselves short. Just see why we left on time:

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Another reason why we wanted to be at the hotel on time, was because we wanted to see the penguins come home. No, not to our hotel, but to a certain beach only a 5 minute drive away. This turned out to be a little different from what we had read. First, I thought there would be thousands of penguins. Then mr. Scientist told me only about 800 or maybe just 80. But, what the hell. We drove over there 30 minutes before sunset, because that was the time the internets told us they would come ashore. Well, the little buggers took their time and were 40 minutes late! In general, on vacation, not too much of a problem. But it was soooo windy where we were standing! I had to keep moving in order not to freeze, while mr. Scientist was standing on the lookout.

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The lookout is actually called “London Bridge”. Can’t imagine why with this weather and grey scenery.. At 9.10 p.m. I saw some black dots that were definitely not there before and shouted out to mr. Scientist. So, here they are:

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Not that impressive, I know. But the were clearly tottering around and to be honest: we were just happy to have seen them and not have come in vain! We found a bar that was still open and had a drink to celebrate.

There were supposed to be koalas on the road as well and I would have loved to show them to you, but we didn’t see any.. I must say with the rain and having difficulties seeing all those famous Australian animals, and not driving the full length of the trip on roads like these it can be a bit disappointing at times compared to what you expect from what all the guides and internets tell you. I mean, who expects it to rain and be cold in the summer in Australia – like 3/4 of the time?! I must admit that I had a bit of a hard time the next day when we arrived at the Twelve Apostles, the major attraction along those route and is was windy, cold, and raining hard. I mean, there’s is a reason why it is Pirates of the Carribbean instead of Cornwell… Fortunately, the view was still quite breathtaking.

We ended our trip at Port Fairy. What a name! A small town where we stayed at a caravan park and where I actually slept in a mobile home! They do have beds, electricity and heating so it was actually ok. Before we had dinner we went over to the beautiful Griffiths Island where we finally spotted some Wallabies in the wild.

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