Geelong

Trip Start Mar 09, 2008
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Trip End Dec 10, 2008


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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Saturday, August 23, 2008

Oct 2 2008, 4:10pm
Carmila Beach QLD

Alas, we left off, on our way out of Adeliade. We decided that we had enough blankets and warm clothes that we were not going to stay at too many Caravan parks, and from our Camps 4 book (the travelling bible) we figured there were enough nice places along the South Coast for free. We were right!

Most of our sites were on or near the beach, although it made it a little windier, the scenery was stunning. Places like Paradise Beach ring true to name, and the road was nice and scenic. The Twelve Appostles and numerous other sand stone formations were right off the Great Ocean Road and provided plenty of sight seeing opportunites along the way. We took our time and really enjoyed ourselves.

One camping spot called, Aire River, we ran into a little trouble, we arrived after dark and in the rain, and couldn't really tell where we were. The next morning we got stuck in the mud!! Not normally a problem because most sites are full of Caravans, and 4WD's (this is Australia after all), but did we mention it is winter and no one but us CRAZY Canadians are in the South this time of year! After slipping and sliding, using sticks under the tires, and me pushing and Kylie driving forward and backward, forward and backward, we slid closer and closer to a large tree and deeper in the mud!! Luckily for us, a Land Cruiser (my favorite vehicle) finally came by on there way to visit friends camping down the road, with a tow rope and careful manuevering around the tree, we escaped!! What we found out after, was the helpful couple were planning a trip to Yellowknife, small world eh!! And, get this, their friends that were down the road camping, were actually in the camping area we were wanting to stay at, half a kilometer away, no mud, and a beautiful river. I guess arriving after dark isn't a good thing.

More of the same weather ahead and the Great Ocean Road! A winding and twisting road that offers amazing scenery, and tests your driving ability. Imagine driving to Whistler or better yet, Tofino, and you get the idea.
At the end of the famous road is a town called Geelong, and our first Caravan park in a while, nice to have a proper shower and a heater! We also tried to go to a Footy game (Australian rules Rugby), but it was one of the last before the finals and totally sold out. Sad. From there, only a short 100km drive to Melbourne and a visit with Ernie and Suzanne

All the best

K & K
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