Great Ocean Road Day 3

Trip Start May 07, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, February 27, 2006

Day 3
We heard lots of wild noises that night. We left the roof carrier open and something was rummaging around in there but didn't damage anything. In the morning I thought I heard a car purring outside the tent. I got up to look and discovered that it was made by a little bird looked like a sparrow but plumper and his tail stood up higher. This kind of bird could have different colors on his belly including blue, orange, yellow, and boring sparrow color. Then I heard a noise and saw a kangaroo in the next site over. I woke Kim up and in her sleepy stupor she asked, "you are waking me up to see a kangaroo?" It was a nice morning. We also saw some large bird that I called a turkey crow.

That day we went to Bridgewater Cape. On the way we saw some emus. I had never seen them in the wild before and I liked them. Maybe I'll raise them someday. At Bridgewater we saw a "petrified forest". It was once a forest that had been flooded with sand. Eventually the trees were encased in limestone and rotted away. Then the area eroded away and only left the cylinders of limestone that had once surrounded trees. It was like a ghost town but for a forest. We also say blowholes. I didn't really understand what I was looking at. I think it was once lava tubes and when a wave hits the cliff it forces water in one end of the tube and it spurts out of the other. Leaving there we say a koala bear wandering around an empty field. She seemed lost. We were able to get very close. At one point she moved rapidly towards another gawker. We aren't sure if it was to attack or to be helped. We didn't see any gum trees so we didn't know where she came from. The other group was trying to help her (without actually touching her) and I suspect they called a park ranger. But the highlight of the day was the seal colony. It was a long walk, almost one hour each way but it was fairly pleasant. A bit warm but with enough breeze to keep the flies away. We saw another echidna on the way. The views were amazing when we got to the "highest coastal cliff in Victoria" 130 meters above sea level and could see the ocean on 3 sides of us. Finally we got to the seal colony. The viewing platform was 50 meters above the rocks where they basked which is just close enough to see them pretty well but far enough for them to not notice us. It was well within smelling distance (phew). I counted over 75 seals. Most of them laid on the rocks while some swam. We also saw two hunting birds, like falcons that were very pretty. They were white underneath and a peach color on top. On the way back we saw a small kangaroo. That night we did some fishing and Kim caught a tiny little fish that we threw back. Our first catch in Australia!

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