Venus Bay, Wilson's Prom and Canberra
Trip Start Oct 20, 2010
60Trip End May 23, 2011
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Before leaving Melbourne, Caroline rang Jacqui, an old school friend of her mum's. She lives 3 hours from the city in a little seaside town called Venus Bay and, despite the short notice, was kind enough to invite us to come and stay, (result!).
Jacqui was great. She made us feel very welcome and gave us the run of her lovely house that sits on a private beach by the sea, (double result!).
After a rather boozy first night barbecue, (where more than a few bottles of beer and red wine were consumed), we had breakfast, (fresh eggs from her own chickens),then headed off to spend the day at a beautiful National Park area called Wilson's Promontory, (Jacqui's recommendation), the southern most tip of the Australian mainland
'The Prom' , as it's known, is a totally unspoilt area of rainforest and sandy beaches where we spent a very enjoyable day, walking the wetland boardwalk paths and swimming in the sea. One of the paths gives access to a beach called 'Squeaky Beach', where, when you take your shoes off and walk bare foot, the quartz sand really does squeak with every step.
After a much less boozy second night at Jacqui's, we headed off next morning to make our way out of Victoria and into New South Wales towards Canberra.
Two overnight stops later, we arrived in time for lunch. Unfortunately Canberra must be the most boring capital city in the world. After getting an ariel view from the 195m Telstra Tower on Black Mountain, then visiting the modern Parliament House building and the Australian War memorial we'd had enough. We jumped back in the car to head back to the coast and begin our approach to the unofficial capital city, Sydney.