On the Search for Seafood!

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

We were going to check out some caves that were on the way to Mount Gambier but we decided not to, since we saw caves in Malaysia and already once in Australia, and ended up driving most of the day because we were to indesicive of what we wanted to do.

We were kind of on the hunt for some good seafood and our brochures named three towns along the way that were suppose to be the southern rock lobster capitals of Australia (according to the brochures anyway) but they were very small towns and didn't have much for seafood restaraunts or else they were closed (turns out they catch a lot but don't eat it?...or just don't share it! haha). We stopped in Mt. Gambier to check out a massive sinkhole they have made stairs into and planted a graden all throughout. We also checked out Blue Lake which seems a little silly to read about a blue lake but once you get there the water is REALLY blue! haha, the pictures show it pretty good.

Then we drove towards Cape Bridgewater searching for a place to stay for the night and pulled into a treed area with a bathroom and a couple lakes around it. We then noticed a tiny picture of a tent with a line through it......meaning no camping? We stayed anyway as it's getting harder and harder to find a cheap or free place to park for the night. It's getting to be all caravan parks which have power, pools, showers, laundry, etc., basically a whole lot of stuff we have to pay big bucks for when all we actually need is a place to park.

In the morning though a guy with a bright yellow vest looking pretty official was up by the road into the spot so we made our way down a trail to the beach to make it look like we were just there for the walk (which ended up being over a km there and back, and the beach was cold and windy). Oh well, I don't think it was a problem that we stayed.

We made our way down the road and had lunch at a little take-away place where we got a fish burger and hamburger. These things were absolutely massive (refer to the pictures) and even had slices of beet and pineapple in them! James found it hard to finish his and I (Jackie) ended up taking the bun off at the end and just finishing the good stuff. It got pretty messy (something like me eating a pita back at NAIT; bit of an inside joke but I could never keep it all together). After eating we ended up driving back by where we stayed the night before (not too far away actually) to see the petrified forest we had missed there. It was a bunch of small dried rock pools and rock stacks all alongside the coast.

That evening we walked around an island that was kind of a bird sanctuary, but we weren't too interested in the birds and mostly jumped around on the rocks looking into the pools and taking pictures and visiting the lighthouse, where some people were surfing by.

For supper we decided we were going to have seafood so since we were in a larger town we went to a restaraunt and ordered the seafood platter (just a small one since we were still full from lunch) and it had prawns, oysters, scallops, smoked salmon, squid, some kind of fish, and salad and fries. It was delicious!

After supper we went to look for a place to stay outside of town. We tried a picnic spot by Hopkins falls but there was a big clearly marked sign saying no camping and penalties would apply. So we went down the road a bit to a side road on the GPS that ended by a river and we got lucky cz it was just a dirt road between to fields that ended in a small clearing by the river and we parked for the night.
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