Melbourne and Adelaide
After 2 long flights, I finally landed in Melbourne in the afternoon Jan 8. It was quite warm but during the evening when it was cooling off, I wandered through Flagstaff Gardens and listened to the birds singing. It was so pleasant. January 9 the rain and cooler weather started for a few days.
Early on Jan 9, I joined 23 other people for a 3-day tour with Bunyip Tours along the Great Ocean Road (and then through the Grand Grampians). It was great. Rob, our driver and tour guide, was able to show us lots and we had a great time. We saw some of the great surfing areas and Cape Otway Lighthouse. We not only saw the Twelve Apostles (some of them anyway) in Port Campbell National Park during the day but went back after dinner to watch the sunset there. As for the animals, we saw plenty of wild koalas and a parrot sat on my hand while I fed it. And this was only the first day.
On Day 2 we continued along the Great Ocean Road to Lock Ard Gorge (no, no lake there) and several other ocean sites. The Southern Ocean was beautiful and had huge waves in many areas. After all these great ocean sites, we started north and up through Grampians National Park. All so very beautiful. Through the National Park, we could see fire burns from various years, the last being 12 months prior. This day we saw lots of wild kangaroos. Some were quite cooperative so we had quite a long photo session with them.
Day 3, our tour group hiked down MacKenzie Waterfalls trail. Then we were back on the bus and to our next destinations. At Horsham we had to say goodbye to our group as some of us transferred to a big bus to Adelaide while the rest returned to Melbourne. Thank you Rob for a great 3 days!
Viv and her husband, Pete, met me at the bus depot in Adelaide. Ahh, a place to settle for a bit and no bunk bed to sleep in. Apparently, I brought the rain with me and the fires around Adelaide were extinguished before I arrived.
Since staying with Viv & Pete in Gawler, they have taken me to the Adelaide Hills (oh so beautiful!), the town of Gawler, and the big wine-producing valleys of Clare and Borossa. We even went to Bungaree Station – an old sheep station established in 1841.
There are so many old buildings – so well-kept and very nice looking. Most porches show off some iron type ornamentation. There are plenty of magpies and kookaburras around. That’s because Viv feeds them so there are plenty of photo ops for them.
Sorry this has taken so long to post but I have excuses. Not only do I have the excuse of being busy travelling and seeing things, but I must find a tool to work on and reliable broadband. Apparently Gawler is not know for speedy and reliable broadband. I will keep my fingers crossed that all the stars are aligned and this will post ok.
Till later mate!