Trip Start Jun 27, 2006
Trip End ??? ??, 2007

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

I spent about 2 weeks in and around Melbourne. This included a 3 day tour to the "Great Ocean Road" which is one of Australia's great scenic coastline drives west of Melbourne. Hugging tightly to the coast, the road offers outstanding views of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. The section near Port Campbell covers some of the most scenic coastline in the world, because of its striking and dramatic natural rock formations. These formations include Loch Ard Gorge, the Grotto, London Bridge (renamed to London Arch in recent years after the 'bridge' partially collapsed), and most famously The Twelve Apostles. I took a helicopter ride up to see the Twelve Apostles and what a birds eye view we had...this was my first time in a helicopter. And it felt almost like we were floating...I wasn't even scared despite the flimsy plastic door separating me from safety and a watery death below.

The other trip outside of Melbourne worth mentioning was my day trip to Philip Island to see the Penguin Parade (hundreds of penguins come marching in at dusk after a long and tiring day of fishing...they head up to their burrows in the hills). Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photographs of these cute little penguins waddling up to their burrows (the flash damages their eyes).

So in the city of Melbourne I saw the major highights...Melbourne museum, Fitzroy garden,  Yarra River, Queen Victoria markets and St. Kilda Festival (a full day event with bands, rides, market stalls, skating competitions etc.). One random activity worth mentioning was Bogan Bingo. This was Bingo not for grannies in nursing homes but for "young adults". Bogan btw is another word for "redneck or hick". This was a very interactive sort of Bingo with 2 hosts (dressed in Bogan attire) and several audience members in full costume (flannel shirts, bleached 80's jeans, flurescent work shirts). Each number that was called out had an expression or song attached to it (For ex. the host would call out "sweet 16" and then say "never been kissed"...the audience then responded "pigs ass" (pigs ass=what a lie) or any number ending in 1 the audience responded "up your bum" or if 19 was called out the host played a song about a boy who "was only 19"). If someone got bingo they had to scream out "fu*king bingo" and go on stage to spin the "wheel of death" which was a wheel made up of all dead famous australians (including Steve Irwin, Harold Holt(prime minister of Australia who drowned). Whoever the bingo winner landed on, they received some sort of momento having to do with that person. For example, if they landed on Harold Holt they got a cheapo scuba mask (because he drowned...not very PC). During random intervals the host declared "air guitar contest" where members from the audience would go on stage to compete as best air guitarist(they won based on audience's approval). So yes def. a new bingo experience for Ave and hilarious as ever. 

PS- Guess where I go next? (Hint: devil)
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