NSW to Perth

November 7, 2012 - Perth, Australia

Another long overdue entry we know!!

From Sydney we headed to Kiama where the main attraction is the fantastic blow holes which are right near the center of town. The kids shrieked with excitement everytime they blew (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz5yn_sVv6o). The fish and chips at this sea side town were pretty good also!

From Kiama we headed to Batemans Bay where we found another great caravan park on the river and had fantastic views. The kids had a great time collecting shells along the river and visiting the nearby tropical gardens.

The next stop was Victoria. The first stop was a small, of the track, coastal town called Mallacoota. The days and nights here were COLD, but the river was again picturesque and there were some great walking tracks that the boys enjoyed riding along.

From Mallacoota it was on to Bairnsdale. Which wasn't the most exciting town, but there were some lovely spots in the nearby Gippsland Valley. We managed a brewery lunch and afternoon in a small, family run winery that had amazing views. The kids loved the animals at the caravan here......we took all our scraps and feed the resident chickens and emu's.

Not feeling like heading into a big city we decided to head straight from Bairnsdale to the Great Ocean Road. We stayed at a lovely little town called Anglesea (not far from Torquay). Despite not having a steamer with him Paul managed a surf at Bells Beach, albeit quite a short one due to numb limbs!! The views along the Great Ocean Road really are quite magnificent and we really enjoyed seeing the 12 Apostles (well, we didn't actually see all 12 as they are quite spread along the coast, but we saw some of them!).

We stopped overnight at Portland....nothing worth mentioning about that place.

Then it was on to Adelaide. The caravan park was full so we were extremely thankful to Paul's Aunty Joan and Uncle Kerry for letting us park out the front of there place for a few days. It was a good opportunity for Paul to catch up with cousins he hadn't seen in ages, and the boys loved swimming in their heated pool.

From Adelaide it was a quick trip home across the Nullabor. The temperature ranged from 42C one day (when we reached Eucla) to 21C and raining the next. It really is a long, boring drive!! Thank goodness for the AV screens that kept the boys entertained.

Once in lovely WA we stopped at Esperance and were amazed by the stunning beaches.......they would have to be amongst the most stunning in all Australia, if only the water was as warm as north QLD. The boys we delighted to see the resident NZ fur seal that lives under the main jetty. From Esperance we stayed a night in Wagin, then after 105 days on the open road and having completed a full lap around Australia we arrived back in wonderful Perth.

Looking back over the blog is a terrific reminder of all the amazing places we visited and all the fabulous times we've had. Thanks to everyone for checking in and following this once in a life time journey with us.

Simone, Paul, Jake & Cooper x


Pictures

Cold mornings walk in Mallacoota
Where's my beanie??
Feeding resident animals at caravan park
View from winery in the Gippsland Valley
 
 

1 Comment

Hannah & Justin:
November 7, 2012
Welcome back to sunny Perth - and thanks for sharing your exciting (mis)adventures with us! We look forward to catching up with you & hearing about it all firsthand.
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