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Otway Breathing

I’ve driven the Great Ocean Road in Victoria quite a few times. Each time, I’ve noticed the rainforest of the Otways and thought “I should go in there one day”.

I had a couple of weeks free in early June, so “one day” finally arrived. The weather wasn’t ideal, but I managed to visit Hopetoun and Beauchamp Falls in the Otways, with a brief stop at Gibson Steps on the Great Ocean Road.

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Weekend Wanderlust - The Great Ocean Road

Those of you who have known me for a while may remember that, back in 2010, I drove from Brisbane, through Western New South Wales and South Australia, to Adelaide. After meeting my wife in Adelaide, we then drove across the southern coast to Melbourne, via the Great Ocean Road.

I've been thinking about that trip recently, particularly this snake which I lay down on a boardwalk and got very close to in order to photograph. Mostly, I found myself wondering what kind of snake it was, and how much danger I placed myself in. Turns out it was a White-Lipped Snake. Slightly venomous, but mostly harmless. 

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While digging these photographs out of the archives, I thought I'd revisit a couple of landscapes from the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road. You can click on the second one to download it as a desktop wallpaper.

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Limestone Coast

When picking up the hire car in Adelaide, the lady said not to go the coast road because “there’s nothing there”. I’m glad I ignored her.

This is Doorway Rock, off the coast of Robe.

Also in Robe, this is The Obelisk. Erected on Cape Dombey in 1852, it was used to assist in navigation and to store rocket lifesaving equipment. Rockets were fired carrying baskets, which would then carry back passengers from distressed ships, saving many lives along this hazardous coastline.

A little further along is the town of Millicent, which is home of the largest wind farm development in the southern hemisphere.

Barossa Valley

A cold, rainy day (and my aversion to wine)  meant not much vineyard visiting during today's drive in the Barossa Valley. We did visit Maggie Beer's Farm Shop, which has all kinds of produce, from quince paste and olive oil to dukkah and ice-cream.

Rather than a traditional 'restaurant' menu, Maggie Beer offers all day "picnic fare" such as this bread basket with olive oil and dukkah for dipping.

Peacocks freely wander the grounds.

It's not all grapes in the Barossa. There's plenty of wheat as well.

Tomorrow we start the drive to Melbourne, along the Great Ocean Road.

Day 7

A tale of woe before the photos. My trip's been cut short. My campervan had a malfunction today so I decided I should skip the trip to Lake Mungo. The van has a pop-top roof, which, when popped, is  the sleeping area. When collapsing the roof this morning, one of its brackets snapped and the roof wouldn't come down properly. I managed to muscle it into place and secure it with the clips, but it wasn't looking particularly sturdy. Along the rough dirt roads between Menindee and Pooncarie, one of the clips' rivets snapped, and another clip became very loose, meaning the roof was only half-secured. As much as I wanted to visit Lake Mungo, I figured it wasn't worth the risk of more corrugated dirt roads turning the Landcruiser into a convertible. So, I stayed on the blacktop to Mildura, did some basic repairs and decided to head towards Adelaide. I'm spending tonight in Waikerie, a little grape and citrus growing town on the Murray River. I'll be in Adelaide tomorrow - two days earlier than planned, but in time to meet Kylie at the airport when she arrives. Silver lining and all that.

This evening, I spent some time wandering around the vineyard next to the motel. Here are some photos.