Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Thursday, 14 April 2011
Stayed at the fist house built in Robe for the Governor. Really quite twee for Australia but very well appointed and plesant . Do it yourself cooked breakfast most imortant, everything supplies down to the four eggs ! Leaving for Adelaide today to catch a plane back to Sydney and onward to Wellington NZL on Saturday.
Sunday, 10 April 2011
One needs to relax as it is pretty tiring being on the go all the time, so a planning day /relaxing day came into force. May do a bit of the town later. We will be leaving Melbourne in the morning and heading for Adelaide via the coastal route. We then fly to Sydney pick up the rest of our baggage and head off for Christchurch NZL, continueing by Air.
Travelled up to Ballarat and looked around the old mining town, alright I guess when they had the shiny metal but a bit run down today as the mines ran out. Popped in to a vineyard in Lethbridge and bought a couple of Reds, difficult to buy more as we already have bags in storage due to the weight problem (difference in allowances between international and Domestic flights). Geelong had a Esplanade and Pier, good for afternoon tea
Stayed at the Continental in the town of, yes, Cowes. On the way we visited the Caves in Buchan which proved to be interesting but also gave us the opportunity to wander through the national park and get even more exercise. In the evening we drove to the Penguin Parade on the far side of the Island. This ia alll about the 35cm Penguins returning to their burrows after a days fishing where they land on the beach in numbers and parade across the beach together. A little bit overhyped but interesting!
Stopped off on another surfing beach again very similar to the last one. Decided that the car was making an unusual noise (a squeak) as we drove along, pulled over stopped the car and engine, the noise was still schrill and it turned out to be the local wildlife cockatoos we though! So good news it was not a wheel bearing !
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Picked up our rental unit this morning and headed south after depositing some of our excess baggage (allowance lower for domestic travel) at a hotel to await our return flight. Had a relaxing trip down to Batesman Bay, nice mountains, Forests and coves. Weather a bit on the cool side, 16C combined with heavy showers again but pleasant enough. No time for photos, it seems to darker faster down here but could just be the heavy cloud cover. Phone Sat Nav worked well with a cheap Thai Sim Card. It is nice to get away from the Cities, everything smells so fresh. On towards Melbourne tomorrow should be fun ! The Hotel had over 30 acres of english gardens with Peacocks and a lake. Went for Dinner at the Catalina Club in town which was different, we just walked in and they showed us to a table, quite pleasant !