Day 26 - Port Fairy and The Great Ocean Road (Oz)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Ooh where to start, such a super day.

Pouring with rain this morning but we have a plan for the day and the weather won't spoil it. First stop is Tower Hill Reserve just outside Port Fairy. It is one of the only places in Australia where you can see emu, kangaroos and koalas in the wild in the same place. It's jumpers and waterproofs weather so we get togged up and go hunting.

We soon see a couple of little wallabies hopping about in the bush land and are pretty pleased with a good start. Wallabies - check. We then trek up a really steep hill and don't see anything else except a few people. We cuddly toy spot at the visitors centre just to check we all know what we are looking for. A couple of metres outside the visitors centre and we are greeted by a group of emus wandering around on the grass. Emus - check. We choose a circular walk and keep our fingers crossed. A few metres into the woods eagle-eyed Mrs Kempton spots a lovely koala high up in the tree. Koala - check. It's muddy, and our chosen footwear is flip flops - clever. We trek on in the rain for another 30 minutes or so without another spot, then the little man shouts "there's one, a kangaroo, just by that tree". We turn to look, (in our heads thinking, 'yeah right') and so it is, a lovely big kangaroo standing bolt upright watching us. Great spot Dylan, glad you have been paying attention. Kangaroo - check. Complete success, and happy Kempton wildlife spotters, despite yucky muddy feet.

Next port of call takes us to Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground in Warrnambool just up the coast. Dylan refers to each playground by its dominant colour. This one is the orange playground. We have also been to the red playground and the blue playground since being in Oz. It's finally stopped raining so Dylan has a play and does the maze with Rich. The girls spy a nice bench for our picnic lunch overlooking the beach where we sit (freezing) watching the surfers whilst we munch our sandwiches. We need some better lunch ideas. We make a run for the car as the rain starts again. Nap time for the kidlets so Rich and Emma decide to go and suss out the start of The Great Ocean Road. We will have a proper opportunity along this stretch tomorrow, when the children are awake, on our way to our next destination, Apollo Bay. This stretch of coastline is a massive WOW. Yes, we know its the Great Ocean Road and its supposed to be lovely, and we've all seen the photos, but the first lookout Emma went down to (Arches) was breathtaking. When Emma got her first look at the 12 Apostles it was jaw-droppingly awesome. The sun came out just as Emma reached the viewpoint, Big smiles from behind the camera. Can't wait to return tomorrow with the rest of the troops.

We drive back to Port Fairy and to a café that we spied whilst exploring yesterday. We head in and choose from the enormous selection of gigantic cakes, we settle on two - a chocolate honeycomb hedgehog which is a bit like a rocky road and a caramel square, which looks nothing like one we've ever seen before. Wow!- they are so yummy. They are so big that we struggle to finish the two slices between the three of us.

The hostel we are staying at recommended a walk around Griffiths Island just up the road from where we are staying. They said we would see wallabies and that it was nice for a stroll. Sounds like fun. We walked a loop of the island which took just over an hour. Stunning. We took hundreds of photos in the early evening light. We spotted five or so wallabies, lots of unidentified birds, a lovely red and white lighthouse, and beautiful deserted beaches. Such a pretty place. Port Fairy has been voted (2012) the most liveable village in the world - that's quite an achievement and it is absolutely lovely. We return to the hostel happy from a great day of adventures in this beautiful place.
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Celia Rabie on

From the extracts team, Em.

This blog is amazing and so great!! I keep on thinking how lucky they are...
But again it was a matter of risk a little and gain a lot!!!
Very very brave and life will never b the same again for that little
Family of you!!!
Be proud Ouma Lizzie!!!

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