Had another pretty early start, had to leave our hostel by 7.45. It was pretty chilly but the sky was clear and so looked like we were in for another sunny day! (not what had been predicted!) Our first stop was to see some wild kangaroos! Was exciting as I haven't seen any wild ones yet, there were so many in the field, maybe about 60, so we were able to get some good pictures. We then went for a walk to a small waterfall called Silverbend Falls. Most of the walks to it were closed since some flooding earlier in the year. There is now a permanent stream, which did not exist prior to the floods, and you can see how wide it was when it was at the height of flooding, the water had completely destroyed everything in it's path, knocking down trees and bringing huge boulders with it. Subsequently Hall's Gap was also flooded. The waterfall was pretty, but it was a shame it's surroundings were so bare, due to the flood as I'm sure it was a lot nicer then!
We walked back to the bus and stopped at Brumbuk (pronounced Brumbook) which is the aboriginal world for Kockatoo. Brumbuk is a centre about the history of the two aboriginal groups which lived in the area for at least 7000 years, prior to the arrival of the Europeans. There were lots of photos and artifacts and lots of information about them. It was really interesting to learn some more about them, but also some of the things are quite sad, for example up until the 1970s many aboriginal children were taken away from their families as they were deemed 'unfit' to look after them, and many never saw their families again. After Brumbuk we drove further into the Grampians National Park to Hollow Mountain, which we climbed. On the way our guides (Dave and Chris)stopped so that we could takea photo of a kangaroo sign! Yay finally!! It was pretty cool as the dirt track had a red tinge so it really looked like the 'real' Austrlia! When we started climbing the mountain it was amazing, the rocks were (normal rock colour) with patches of deep red and orange and were really beautiful. We had fantastic views out over the national park, and the climb was properly climbing up rocks, not just along a made path. We stopped off at a cave where we had to lie down and shuffle our way under a tight gap to get through, this happened several times so that we could get to the top and it was really fun! The cave was amazing, the formations inside were so strange and beautiful and my photos really don't capture that sadly! We carried on up and reached the summit and could see for miles over national park and farmland and it was really pretty up there, all the rock formations were so dramatic but again I don't think my photos really captured the beauty of it!
After we were back on the bus we had to have a speedy stop for lunch and those of us going to Adelaide had to catch our coach. We have moved into South Australia which is half an hour behing East Coast Australia. The bus journey was 7 hours of so, luckily there was a film - Shrek 4 - which I finally got to watch all the way through, it's the one Woo and I tried to watch whilst on the ferry back from Spain last summer, but it kept breaking haha. We got into Adelaide about 7.30pm and then checked into our hostel, and a guy we had made friends with was also in that hostel. We're just going to walk around the town in the morning before our 12.20 train to Alice Springs! Can't wait. Missing everyone lots x