Wilson's Promontory

Trip Start Jan 01, 2013
Trip End Jan 30, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Before we could leave Phillip Island, we HAD to visit the chocolate factory that we passed yesterday. We went on a tour of the facility, an interactive area on how they make chocolate, and then explored different chocolate models that were made at the factory by employees. The chocolate was delicious (so we obviously bought some for the road) and it made a great breakfast for the rest of our trip!

Then, we headed to our next stop on our road trip, Boolarra. Before we got there though, we headed south for Wilson's Promontory, a peninsula known for its great nature walks and wildlife views. On our way into the depth of the park, we stopped at a place called squeaky beach; it was known as this because the beach is made up of tiny circular grains of sand that when walked on makes a squeaky noise. Of course, once we found the squeaky sand, we frolicked all around like little children. It was very cool and very different.

Next, our challenge was to reach the summit of Mt. Oberon at Wilson's Prom. It was listed on the trail map as the only moderate/hard trail, as it was a 3.4 km, hour long hike to the top. However, nothing was going to stop us from getting to the summit to take awesome pictures. I uploaded some of the photos with this entry, but more are on my camera! The view was spectacular, and the winds were very strong. It was hard to keep still for a photo! It was definitely a harder hike than what I'm used to (as I've never actually hiked before, haha) but was definitely worth it! My thighs, butt, calves, and feet will hurt tomorrow, but again, the photos will erase that pain. I am so happy we did it!

Once we finished the trail, we were on to Boolarra, a VERY small town that acts as our stopover until we drive to Lakes Entrance. This is the first night that we are staying with a host family that we found on airbnb. The house, people, and views are absolutely stunning! The house is situated on top of a huge hill with views of their farm life all around. The house is modern yet old fashioned (if that's possible?), and everything has such a personality. We met Jen, our host, and we immediately got along. We sat at her kitchen table for about 2 hours just talking about everything from our travels, to our plans, our families, and everything else. She is a gorgeous woman with a beautiful family and we couldn't be more happy with our choice to stay at a locals house as opposed to another hotel. We will be staying at two more host homes over the course of our adventure, and hopefully those experiences will be just as great as this one!
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