The French invasion

Trip Start Nov 15, 2011
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Trip End May 17, 2012


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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Sunday, January 29, 2012

After a short trip through New South Whales, we crossed the Victorian border and stopped at Cape Conran to see the ocean. The beach was very stretched out and full of seewead, giving that strong ocean smell, as we walked through to something that looked like a path. We climbed over the rocks and indeed, we could continue further trough the bushes, rocks and sand to the next big beach. Not an easy walk with our havaianas, but as Geoffrey's shoes all melted in the van he had no choice anyway, and Iris decided to be solidary.
During that walk we noticed Victoria was again completely different to what we'd seen before: pretty rough landscapes and very fast changing weather, resulting in amazing skies (a bit further at sea we even saw a crazy storm with massive lightnings every few seconds, while we were standing in the sun).
The walk warmed us up so we felt like a swim and got all geared up, but when we touched the water with our toes, we were petrified: it was freezing cold! What a difference after Queensland, where we were moaning because the water was so warm it didn't even cool you down... But we stayed strong and went anyway (mainly because we had gone all the way back to the van to put our swimming suit on), running into the sea like crazy - a quick pain and after that it was really nice and refreshing and we played in the waves like children.

After that we felt like a shower, but as there weren't any on the beach, we went to the next town, Orbost, and found an outdoor pool where again we went for a nice swim and a warm, spiderfree shower. All fresh and clean we went looking for a camping spot and found a park with many backpacker vans, so we thought staying there wouldn't be a problem. There was everthing we nedded: barbecues, picnic tables, drinking water, toilets and even power!
Soon we found out nearly all the backpackers were French and all hanging out together. Apparently they're very solidary is Australia: they even have French flags in their van so they can easily recognize each other.
We sat down to drink our 'apéritif' and started talking with them (in English, to make them work a little bit), until a police car with two cops pulled by. They said: "Sorry to disturb you guys, we just come to check because locals saw a big group of people in the park and they're not used to that in this small town"... They asked us where we were planning to sleep, and as we knew the right answer was not 'Here', we said we didn't know yet (we answered because all the French suddenly lost their tongue). The cops said we couldn't stay here, but there were free camping spots down the river, and then asked if we were all travelling together. Geoffrey said: "No, we're just complaining about the euro". They laughed, asked where we all came from and then said: "We're not from Australia either, I'm a Kiwi and my colleague is South African, so the United Nations are gathered tonight". We all laughed and they wished us good night. Definitely, the Australian police is pretty nice!
After our cookies and custard dinner, we left (before the French) and drove to the river where we found a nice quiet spot.
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