We left Apollo Bay this morning heading west. On the road to Cape Otway we finally saw our first Koalas! Just like in the U.S. all the vehicles were steopped to take pictures so we stopped also! Trox got some great pics - especially after the majority of the people left.
|This one was asleep the whole while|
|Those claws look deadly!|
|They strip the trees so bad they look dead|
|this one looked just like my stuffed one|
|They move REAL slow|
After watching Koalas for awhile we went on down to the campground. The campground was at Blanket Bay and was very nice but wet and unfortunately the weather has turned cold. Everything was green and lush and there were lots of birds.
|These wrens are very common but|
I never get tired of their
bright blue color
|this guy kept fanning his tail|
|view from our kitchen window|
|lush hills around Blanket Bay|
|Bunyip surrounded by green|
|Cape Otway Lighthouse|
WILL IT NEVER STOP RAINING???? It has been COLD & WET! Reminds me of Sacramento in the winter! YUCK! It actually looks like tomorrow may be our last wet day for awhile. After leaving Blanket Bay and Cape Otway we worked our way to Johanna Beach where we stayed for a two nights. Trox made a ride one afternoon that was way longer than he expected and he ended up getting home way past his curfew. Johanna was also wet and cold but we were able to run the generator enough to keep Bunyip warm. From there we headed on down the coast and visited the tourist places along the coast such as the 12 apostles and London Bridge and Razorback and the wreck of the Loch Ard. This section of the coast is really nice but there were way too many people.
|too many people|
|a few of the Apostles|
|the beach where the two survivors|
of the Lock Ard washed up on shore
|yes, it was cold|
that's what the hat and mittens are for!
|The London Bridge|
|Along a ride|
|Greg & Jacques from while we were in Melbourne|
For all our "trips" I have started and ended in Melbourne but have decided to end this one at the state line between Victoria and South Australia. There is a possibility (although slim) that we might not return to Melbourne and actually a fairly high possibility that when we do it will be without Bunyip. So as we pull out tomorrow we will be starting trip 6 and entering South Australia.
|And that ends Trip 5|
Trip 6 has started and we have entered South Australia (SA). The weather man keeps promising the rain will stop "soon". Supposedly we are only about 5 hours from Wellington which is the town Carol said to contact her from. Hmmmmm 5 hours - take us 5 weeks - maybe.
Trip 6 is well under way AND it looks like MAYBE the sun will shine tomorrow. Today was actually warm with no rain but no sunshine either. The first day of Trip 6 we stopped in Mt. Gambier to resupply our fruits and vegetables and to get "oriented" to South Australia at the great visitor center there. We were told to be sure to see Blue Lake while in town so we headed up there to check it out. There are actually two small lakes right in the middle of town which are crater lakes (i.e. water filled volcanic craters) and supply much of the city's drinking water. Blue lake is the bluer of the lakes and is really a gorgeous color. You can drive all the way around the lake and there are walking and biking trails in the park area that surrounds the lakes.
|Blue Lake in Mt. Gambier SA|
|now wouldn't that be a nice place to live?|
|doing pushups at Blue Lake|
|Rainbow Rocks from the lookout|
|a view near another lookout|
|trail meanders above these cliffs|
|enjoying the view from the lookout|
Last night we stayed just south of Robe in the Little Dip Conservation Park. We were all alone in the campground with the exception of wombats! Between the two of us we saw about a dozen. Trox got a ride but most of it was hike-a-bike because the sand was so deep and soft. I took a walk searching for wombats and the only one I saw was right near Bunyip on my way back home. No pictures because it was too dark.
|the weather man promised blue sky!|
|Tom Mc! these are for you!|
|this coast line is very fragile|
|with lots of warning to stay clear of cliffs!|
|more coast line|
|there are lots of colors|