We are out of here! FINALLY!!

Trip Start Jan 23, 2010
Trip End Jan 29, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Thursday, March 10, 2011

This day has been a long time coming, but we finally are moving on!  We are going along the Great Ocean Road towards Melbourne and the Australian Grand Prix!  YAY!!  I wanted to get a four day package, but Fabio reminded me that we have 3 children that do not share my passion - yet!

So what have we been up to since the last update....

A day trip to Naracoorte and the South Australia's only World Heritage listed Fossil site was a day to remember.  It was fabulous!  We went into Victoria fossil cave.  Now we have been in quite a few caves on this trip, the cave itself did not differ greatly from many others.  HOWEVER when we got to the actual fossil site, we were all mesmerised.  The guide was keen and interesting, and knowing that this was an educational trip for the children took great effort in explaining things in simple details - something that I think many of the adults also appreciated!

Victoria fossil cave boasts one of the most continuous fossil records of the past 500,000 years.  It is especially important at the moment as they can see how climate changes have been effecting the earth for thousands of years and its effect on the Mega fauna and flora - facinating (and just for the record, not sure that what us humans really think we can do to stop this change - it seems to be a continuous pattern).

On that note a to cheer ourselves up, we visited the Coonawarra wine region and particuarly Rymill winery.  This was another education, although I was a bit over learning by then, but it was set up so that you can see each stage of the wine making. Now whilst Fabio and I have not been drinking for the last few weeks (dieting is boring isn't it?), it would have been rude not to try each and every wine, so not wanting to be rude, I participated!   With a healthy purchase later, it was on to Penola. (Those little tastings of wine, must have added up, because I believe was singing most of the way there, with quite a bit of giggling!) 

Penola is where Saint Mary MacKillop founded Sisters of St Joseph and was the beginning of her journey to sainthood.  It was a very understated town and apart from a few flags celebrating her achievement, her status didn't appear to be overly recognised.  A quaint little town none the less.

Leila also celebrated her 11th birthday in Robe and mother nature turned on a beautiful day for us. One of only a handful since we've been here.   We took a picnic lunch to Long Beach and were blessed with no wind and the beach to ourselves practically.  Then two seals appeared, swimming around us (now when I say 'us', I mean 'them' - someone had to ensure no one pinched our spot - just in case there was a crowd arrived you understand)  Shortly after, a pod of dolphins appeared.  It was amazing to be sharing this beautiful bay with such inquisitive creatures.  A day to remember.

So what will I miss about Robe?  Not the weather, that is for sure!  We feel like we have missed our summer, so might have to keep going and going to recoup it!  I will however miss the sunsets from our balcony, and the view of long beach.  The lovely walks along the limestone cliffs and the vibe that this lovely seaside town has. 

Victoria, here we come........
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Marika on

Hey there!!! Good to hear from you. Glad to hear you're safe and well. Good luck for the next leg of your journey.

Went back to Bob's art class this term. We're doing oils. You'd love it.
Be good. xxx

lynn on

hi guys looks like your having a great time .!!!enjoy the rest of your trip, george is still missing jack cann't believe how grown up they all look. take care ejoy love lynn

heatheravan on

Good travels guys, happy 11th year Leila!!.
Well we have added Naracoorte and Penola to our very long list, will have too go on diets ourselves to buy enough time to finish the list.
Luckily we dont have to add Coonawara, have already staggered our way through there!!
Look forward to further posts. Cheers A&H

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