Spoiled at Lakes Entrance
Trip Start Apr 28, 2012
9Trip End May 11, 2012
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Luckily Nathan feels much better today. The drive today would be a nightmare if he was still sick. The Pacific Highway becomes nicer the further from Sydney we get. We travel mainly through bush and farmland. It's a long drive, even longer than we had originally thought. I can't get over how big this country is! We take turns driving, although Nathan does the majority of it. We arrive at Lakes Entrance at about 6.30pm and grab a quick dinner before finding the B&B we've booked for the night.
The Goat and Goose was recommended by a colleague of mine. Joy, the lady who owns it, welcomes us warmly. Her house is incredible, a huge pole and beam construction
In the morning we head upstairs and find the table laid out beautifully. Joy gives us juice and a fruit platter while we study the menu. We have poached eggs with bacon and vegetables, all cooked to perfection. Joy insists that we follow this with scones with jam and cream. As we eat we watch the birds feed on the balcony. There are many different types: magpies, kings, which are bright green and red parrots, rainbow lorikeets, and a flock of pink and grey ones whose name I can't remember. The ocean sparkles in the background. It starts off another stunning clear day, as every day has been since we left the Gold Coast, but the temperature has definitely dropped since Sydney.
We chat to some fellow guests, an aristocratic English couple who have been here for three weeks. They're nice enough, although we secretly giggle at their poshness. Just as we finish up we're joined by an Australian couple and their daughter, who have also stayed here the night
Lakes Entrance seems a wonderful place when we drive through it on our way out of town. You can buy seafood at the wharf, straight off the boat. It's a shame we can't spend a few hours here, but we need to get on our way. We travel over flat planes for the first bit, and I'm pleased that Nathan shows me how to use cruise control. This car is basically driving itself! All I need to do now is turn the steering wheel, and with corners so few and far between, it's not a big ask.
After an hour or so we turn off the Pacific Highway to follow the coastal route. We drive through a beautiful landscape of farmland and bush, from time to time catching glimpses of the ocean in the distance. We pass through quaint little towns. This is a lovely part of the country, and feels relatively under-discovered by tourists
Mid-afternoon we take a bridge over to Phillips Island. Here we stop at a koala sanctuary where I finally get my koala fix. Most of them are asleep, but there's one guy, quite close to us, having a munch on some leaves. He makes my day.
After that we're on the home stretch to Melbourne. We have a bit of a stressful time working out the toll roads, then poor Nathan has to navigate the traffic to a petrol station before we drop the car off at the rental company. This is a bit tricky when we can't work out the rules for turning right. We finally arrive at 5.45pm, just in time before the rental car office shuts at 6pm. We contact our friend Esther, with whom we're staying in Melbourne, and make our way by taxi through the city to meet her.