Giant Rocking Horses, Old Cars and Wine

Trip Start Oct 01, 2007
Trip End Mar 28, 2008

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Friday, February 1, 2008

After 2 nights in Adelaide the plan was to go to Kangaroo Island south of Adelaide.  That was the plan up until we were getting gas to leave for Kangaroo Island anyway.  At breakfast that morning a guy we met was asking about Kangaroo Island and what was so great about it because he'd seen Koalas and Kangaroos and Penguins on Phillip Island on some kind of Penguin Parade.  I was intrigued because I really wanted to go there to see the Penguins.  While getting gas I looked up Phillip Island which is south of Melbourne and it did seem like the better place to see penguins and it looked pretty cool and it would be free to get there since they have a bridge and you don't have to take the ferry like we would to Kangaroo Island.    After it was decided to skip Kangaroo Island and go to Phillip Island instead we figured we could spend the day in the Adelaide Hills wine tasting and going to another car museum. We only went to one winery (Chain of Ponds)before happening upon a giant rocking horse and then spending the majority of the day in Birdwood at the car museum.  This was the National Car Museum Hall of Fame and this one was much better than the one in Alice Springs.  It had many different types of cars and interactive features all over the museum (I got to design my own motorcycle)!     Made it to one more winery (HHW) before it was 5pm and they all closed.  I didn't like the last one as much as the first one but the guy did tell us about a good place to go and see the city from, Mount Lofty.  So off to Mt Lofty we went, and on the way up some crazy thing happened and the radio went off like it would when you disconnect the battery and the ipod tape got stuck inside and we tried a few different codes but the ones we tried didn't work.  it only gave you 10 chances so I didn't want to risk it getting completely locked up and them charging it for us so we had to go the rest of the trip without music.     Mount Lofty ending up being a giant white pole erected in some guys honor for finding and naming the mountain.  It would have been good views if it was a clear day and was still nice, but we only spent about 1/2 hour there.  Then headed south towards the Great Ocean Road stopping in Meningie for the night to camp on Lake Albert.  This was one of those small towns we arrived at too late in the night and the supermarket was closed so I had a hot dog and fries for dinner from the gas station.  tasty... and it actually got cold that night and rained!    
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