Melbourne to Adelaide

Trip Start Oct 24, 2005
Trip End Oct 20, 2006

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Monday, February 20, 2006

So we did as we planned and went to Melbourne Zoo and finished our time in Melbourne. We were both looking forward to getting back on the road and driving The Great Ocean Road. So after the zoo we headed off and ended up back by the sea at Ocean Ridge (the start of the road) and camped there the night with the plans to get on the road the next day. However when we woke up it was a miserable day, really not the the best day to drive and see the spectacular views so we only drove a short way to a place called Bells Beach. This was on the top of a cliffside and was a nice place- we only thought we would be there a couple of hours while the weather cleared up, however we ended up spending 2 days there waiting for the weather to improve (good job we had a TV in the van)!
When we finally did get on with the trip the Great Ocean Road didn't dissapoint. Lovely scenery and lots of trendy little beach towns such as Apollo Bay and Port Campbell along the way to stop at. We also stopped to see the 12 apostlses which we also breathtaking. (we have lots of piccies)
The weather during this part of our trip was definatley the worst yet nad it seemed to be more like England at some points than Oz. We drove through and camped at lots of nice places such as Warrambool and Port Fairy but the weather was bad and so we couldn't do the usual things which we liked to do (lazing on the beach, swimming etc) so we had to occupy ourselves in other ways - these mainly included lots of drinks in the cafes and pubs so this part of the trip is a bit hazy!!!
The weather did pick up and we so got some miles done. We eventually got into South Australia and it was back to normal. The first seaside town we stopped at in South Australia was called Beachport.
Once again there was absolutley nothing there so Spence loved the place as soon as we got there!!! The water here was so blue - it was a really pretty pretty place and great for Spence to go snorkelling. It was his plan to go snorkelling for rock lobster until he discovered that the really really blue water in South Australia is actually also really really cold! I have never seen him run so fast as trying to get out of the sea!!
So instead we occupied ourselves with some fishing from the pier and we also found a saline pool which has 7 times more salt in than the sea so as soon as you go in you float, that was quite wierd!!
Apart from Beachport we weren't really too convined by South Australia. We drove through so many places such as Robe, Kingston, Meningue and Tailem Bend which were ok, but nothing special compared to some of the places we have been. Also everything seems to be so spread out you have to drive forever to get anywhere.
However there was one place which I absolutley loved. It is called Victor Harbour. We only spent one day there but it was a really nice place - there is an island which you can walk over to (or catch a horse drawn tram), we went on a boat trip and saw dolphins swimming straight in front of us, we saw a seal on the rocks and then the boat took us to a platform in the sea and in it were lots of salmon and other fish and also sharks. We watched the sharks being fed and fed the fish ourselves. Also that day I went on a camel ride along the beach. It was just a really nice place.
We were lucky again after Victror Harbour to drive on to another nice place called Christies Beach. This is about 15mins from Adelaide and again a really sweet seaside town. Spence enjoyed snorkelling a snorkel trail from the pier here while I topped up my non existent tan!
Next stop was Adelaide. Neither of us rated Adelaide much at all. I think it was beacause we were comparing it to Sydney and Melbourne. It is of course much smaller and there really didn't seem to be too much to do or see there either. We only ended up spending a couple of days there.
After not really enjoying South Australia as much as other parts of Oz we decided to move on and get to Western Oz as soon as possible so that was our next trip......
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