Trip Start Feb 11, 2009
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It is the kind of road on which one must stop every so often and look about and say 'wow'. I soon reached the Bay of Islands, and took lots of pictures of all the pretty rock towers, and it took about half an hour before I got around to saying 'wow' because every time I turned around there was some new spectacular piece of scenery which once again rendered me speechless. Then I went on to the Bay of Martyrs, London Bridge, the Arch, the Blowhole, Thunder cave and finally got to the bit that everyone raves about, which is the twelve apostles. By the time I got here, the novelty had well and truly worn off, and in all honesty, I think the blowhole and the bay of islands are more interesting to look at than the twelve apostles. This may also have had something to do with the bus load of Japanese tourists who showed up just as I did.
Today it rained in patches, but I refused to let that stop me. I trudged up hill and down dale, with my trusty camera in tow, taking pictures of EVERYTHING, mainly because my camera can take about 800 pictures before I have to empty the memory card, so heck, why not!
I saw an echidna!! Actually, I saw two echidnas, real live wild ones, but one of them was playing in the middle of the road, so I am hoping he is still with us. Unfortunately, I was driving up a very steep and winding cliff face at the time, so I did not dare to stop the car and move him, lest another car come along and move me.
I am now camped in the Otway National Park, at a campsite which is down a narrow road, along a dirt turnoff, through a gate, and along another long winding dirt road. It is marvelously solitary, and once again, the roar of the ocean can be heard in the distance.