Sunday we carried on our drive along the Victoria coastline, our first stop was Lakes Entrance. The town itself was a bit too seasidey, so we crossed the footbridge over to the start of ninety-mile beach. This area is a barrier between the mainland and the sea, which forms the many tidal lakes of the area. We walked through woodland to the main harbour entrance, which was opened in 1889. Before this it was an unreliable, intermittent gap. There are still some remnants of the tramway and the cranes used to build the walls. We returned to the van via the beach.
We left Lakes Entrance and headed towards our campsite, Paradise Beach. We woke very early on Monday morning and made the 30 second trip to the beach to watch the sunrise.
We returned to the beach later that morning and were greeted by a seal who came on to the beach, flapped around a bit and then went back into the water. We walked down the beach a little further and saw nine dolphins playing a couple of hundred meters off the shore. A little further down the beach we saw a huge whale and it's calf. Then even further down we saw a mermaid! Only joking, but we really did see a seal, dolphins, a whale and it's calf. It was a very exciting morning.
We moved on to Port Albert, where we would spend the night. Port Albert is a small fishing village, with nothing but a fish and chip shop. The views across the harbour in the morning where very pretty and the sea was very still.
That morning we went to Tarra Bulga National Park, which was amazing. It is only 30 minutes from the coast but it is a cool climate rainforest, completley different to the surrounding Eucalyptus forests. As we walked through the forest we saw a Lyrebird only feet away. It has a very loud and unusual chirp, you can hear it in the video. We continued to a suspension bridge, which gave magnificent views of the fern gully below.