The French invasion
Trip Start Nov 15, 2011
38Trip End May 17, 2012
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During that walk we noticed Victoria was again completely different to what we'd seen before: pretty rough landscapes and very fast changing weather, resulting in amazing skies (a bit further at sea we even saw a crazy storm with massive lightnings every few seconds, while we were standing in the sun).
The walk warmed us up so we felt like a swim and got all geared up, but when we touched the water with our toes, we were petrified: it was freezing cold
After that we felt like a shower, but as there weren't any on the beach, we went to the next town, Orbost, and found an outdoor pool where again we went for a nice swim and a warm, spiderfree shower. All fresh and clean we went looking for a camping spot and found a park with many backpacker vans, so we thought staying there wouldn't be a problem. There was everthing we nedded: barbecues, picnic tables, drinking water, toilets and even power!
Soon we found out nearly all the backpackers were French and all hanging out together. Apparently they're very solidary is Australia: they even have French flags in their van so they can easily recognize each other.
We sat down to drink our 'apéritif' and started talking with them (in English, to make them work a little bit), until a police car with two cops pulled by. They said: "Sorry to disturb you guys, we just come to check because locals saw a big group of people in the park and they're not used to that in this small town"... They asked us where we were planning to sleep, and as we knew the right answer was not 'Here', we said we didn't know yet (we answered because all the French suddenly lost their tongue). The cops said we couldn't stay here, but there were free camping spots down the river, and then asked if we were all travelling together. Geoffrey said: "No, we're just complaining about the euro". They laughed, asked where we all came from and then said: "We're not from Australia either, I'm a Kiwi and my colleague is South African, so the United Nations are gathered tonight". We all laughed and they wished us good night. Definitely, the Australian police is pretty nice!
After our cookies and custard dinner, we left (before the French) and drove to the river where we found a nice quiet spot.