Great Ocean Road Day 2

Trip Start May 07, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Day 2
The next morning we tried out the propane stove and had yummy eggs and set out again. On the way out of the park we spotted about six koalas in trees. It seemed to be a bit of a sport and motorists could be seens craning their necks to look in the treetops.

The next attraction we passed was the Twelve Apostles. It consists of eleven large chunks of rock that used to be part of the coast but were eroded away. Why eleven rocks if it is called the Twelve Apostles? Because one of them fell down last year.

The next place we stopped was Island Bay. It was just one of many scenic lookout points but we wanted a break from driving and it was another excuse to marvel at South Australia's marvelous beach. Why weren't more people playing on the beach? Many were. I guess there is so much beach that there aren't enough Australians to keep them all crowded.

We asked a tourist info for a good place to camp and they recommended Prichard's Park in Discovery Bay. It was near Bridgewater Cape where there was a seal colony. On the way there we thought we got lost (but we wrong) and backtracked. While backtracking we saw our first kangaroo. Like many of Australia's unique creatures it is very silly. It's like a cross between a deer and a rabbit. We got some photos and tried to get closer but it hopped off. What a silly way to get around. Hopping! Some guide said that hopping is actually the most efficient way to travel at medium speeds because energy is stored in the tendons and the guts act like a piston to make the lungs breathe so strong chest muscles aren't needed. I still think it's silly. Also on our mistaken backtrack we saw our first echidna. I've always wanted to see one ever since I first heard about them in the They Might Be Giants song Mammals. It's yet another one of Australia's silly animals. It's like a hedgehog covered in spines with a long snout for eating ants. When it gets scared it sticks it's head into the ground so only it's spines show. What a great fear response! Uh oh! Trouble! Better stick my head in the ground. We have two types of echnida pictures: far away pictures with the head up and close pictures with the head in the ground. Oh, and echnidas lay eggs. Crazy Australian mammals.

When we made it to our camp site we were welcomed by a kookabura sitting on the information sign. He was very tame (or maybe all kookaburas are that way) and we got very close to take pictures. He just watched us with a smug grin. There was a nice river and some trails so we decided to stay for two nights and unpacked the bigger tent.
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