The train from Perth to Adelaide was 3 days 2 nights which we thought wouldn't be too bad. We got recliner seats as the cabins were way over priced. The train left about 11 so we had to get up early and check out and make our way to the station. The walk is about 15 minutes but it felt longer with the stupid backpack on as it now weighs a ton. I wish we had just brought suitcases that pull along as loads of people just have those, but no we have to be real backpackers with backpacks and stuff. Not that I hate the backpack or anything but it heavy and im a moaner at the best of times!!!!!! We got to the station and checked in our bags for the train. Once we got on the train we were close to Zoe and Nick who we had met on our last trip which was good. There was an entertainment car which had a TV and loads of sofa things so we spent most of the time in there as it was more comfortable. We had some dinner but it was absolutley crap, luckily we had brought some supplies with us.
On the first night you stop off at a place called Koogari which is in the middle of nowhere really and your there for like 4 hours so you can get off. Some people did a tour of the mine but we didn't bother as you wouldn't be able to see much. Instead a few of us went into town to find a bar which one of the blokes cousins had told him to go to. There we about 8 of us so we felt safe enough at 10pm to venture into the strange town!!!! Well we arrived at the bar, there were a few open but everything else was closed which was weird. We walk in and there are loads of miners in there and all the girls behind the bar are topless. Well I found it highly amusing that in the middle of nowhere they have places like this its like something out of a film. We stayed in there for a few hours and played pool and things before we went back and tried to get some sleep. Well it was the most uncomfortable night sleep ever as your sitting in one position most of the night. We were up by 7.30am to get breakfast.
Most of the day you were on the train crossing the Nullarbor which has the longest piece of straight track in the world. Theres not much to look at as most of the scenery is grass and trees the land is pretty dry. We stopped at a town out there called Cook, well it was something out of a horror film as 4 people live there and it is just desolate. It used to be an old railroad town which had a school and a hospital and things but people moved away all but 4. They had these jail things that you could look into, you will see me and Dal putting our hands in the window but we were scared something was going to grab us. Well the next evening was pretty much the same Dal sat chatting to the boys and I was speaking to Zoe and we watch James Bond abit before trying to sleep again. We arrived into Adelaide about 7am so we were awake pretty early.
We got off the train and it was absolutly freezing, we thought Perth was cold well its nothing compared to Adelaide and Melbourne is meant to be colder. We got a minibus to our hostel dropped our stuff in and walked into town to look round. We only had one day here before our trip to Melbourne so wanted to see what was about. We looked around the shops and things but the town again was pretty small really. We went back to the hostel and ended up falling asleep after 2 nights of crap sleep we werent surprised. In the evening we just went out and got some food and came back to the room and watched TV so nothing exciting really in Adelaide.
We got picked up at 7.20am for our trip of The Great Ocean Road to Melbourne. We drove through the Adelaide Hills and had a few stops along the way. We then went to Mt. Arapiles were we got some good pictures and stuff, it was raining though so abit crap. We arrived at the Grampians National Park where we would be staying for the night. We got to see Mackenzie Falls a nice waterfall, they normally hike down there but it was to wet which I was pleased about we all know how much I love hiking!!!!!! We arrived at our hostel and it was like an old log cabin with a big fire in the middle which was really nice. We had BBQ for dinner which was great and we all watched Harry Potter before going to bed.
We had an early start and a hike yes a hike up to the Pinnacle which took about 1 hour and I nearly gave up a few times but I made it to the top. Apartently the views are meant to be worth it but I don't apreciate scenery as much as most and Dal could just about look over the edge. At least we can say to ourselves we did it and stuff I suppose. After lunch we were on the Great Ocean Road and went to see The Bay of Martyrs, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge which are really great. We finished the day with a sunset at the Twelve Apostles, which used to be part of the coast line years ago. It was really beautiful but we took way to many pictures so please don't moan when looking at them!!!!!! We stayed over night in Port Campbell right by the sea which was cool but it was freezing so we got the fire and the heater going and tried to warm up. We had dinner and then after people sat in the livingroom but we went to bed as most of them were losers!!!!!!! See im still pretty evil while im away I should really be more open to people now but there was this bloke who looked and spoke like Andy Peters and I just wanted to smack him one cos he seemed to have something stuck up his arse (sorry for the language!!).
Our finaly day we went to the Twelve Apostles again to see them in the morning and you have the option to go on a helicoper ride over then. I did it with one of the girls and another guy from our group and it was amazing. I thought it would be quite bumpy and stuff but it was really smooth and when you turn you feel like your gonna go into the sea. Dal didn't do it but regreted it abit as he had to sit on the bus with Andy!!!!!!! We then drove along the Great Ocean Road where it becomes really curvy and if you went to fast would probably be going over the edge. You got some great views of the road when you got further up and stopped. We then headed to Apollo Bay where we had a fish and chip lunch and then headed to our final stops at Anglesea, Bells Beach and Torquay which is the home of Ripcurl a surfing brand and had loads of outlet shops. We arrived into Melbourne at around 6.30pm and were all dropped off at our hostels.
The Melbourne installment will be added shortly!!!