Time to leave Adelaide and South Australia behind me and begin my 3 day journey to Melbourne!
I jumped on the bus early Monday morning and although I don't know what I was expecting, I was at least hoping there would be a few more Backpackers. Out of the 13 on the tour only 3 of us were in our 20's, the other two were Merit (Germany) and Charlotte (Holland). Still everyone was really friendly so it wasn't a problem.
First stop was a German town just outside Adelaide where we stopped to get coffee and doughnuts, also to hear about what we were doing on the tour.
We then stopped off at a network of caves that had formed near Naracoorte. There was one cave called the fossil cave, funnily enough because someone had found fossils in the cave! Some number of millions of years ago, animals fell down pitfall traps into the caves and were preserved under the tonnes of dirt that followed them down the traps. There was a crazy number of bones still in the caves, there isn't any point in digging them all up as there's nowhere to store them all! They reconstructed some of the animals and it was pretty cool to see how big Kangaroos and Wombats used to be!
We stayed in a hostel belonging to the people that ran the tour firm. The girls and I took the dogs for a walk to start with, then had a classic Aussie BBQ where I got to taste my first bit of Kangaroo - very tasty indeed! Then the seven 3 week old puppies needed feeding and that was entertainment in itself! They made a right mess of the floor and you've got to see the video to appreciate it.
The next day we went for a walk in the Grampian mountain range. I think it was Mount Zero that we climbed. A really nice walk that had amazing views from the top, you could see for miles. We also stopped at McKenzies waterfall and then onto an Aboriginal exhibit created by Aboriginees. It was interesting to see the history from their point of view. There were also wild kangaroos that roamed around in the park where we saw a mum, dad and Joey about 3 meters away from us, again I need to get the video uploaded!
At last it was time to see the great ocean road! I didn't realise the whole road is a memorial to the Aussie servicemen who fought in the world wars - one cool memorial! We stopped off at loads of sights including the 12 apostles (of which there are only 8 because or erosion), London Bridge which unfortunately only has one arch now. The bay of Martyrs (I don't remember the story behind that one!) but it was a stunning beach :-) The whole coastline is amazing, we had really sunny weather and although the pictures came out well, you've got to see it to really appreciate it!
The last stop on the way was a park where there were koalas in the wild which you could see sleeping in the trees. Also if you held some bird seed in your hands for long enough, wild parrots would fly down and eat out of your hand, stand on your heads, shoulders or anywhere they could find food!
That was the end of the trip unfortunately, although Merit, Charlotte and I were all staying at the same hostel in Melbourne ready to see the next part of Australia!