Donnerstag, 24. März 2016

Round 2.... Drive! - Mount Gambier, the famous Great Ocean Road and Apollo Bay

Luckily, we found a relocation offer from Apollo Campers which would bring us to Melbourne. Brian, nice as he is, was willing to drive us to Adelaide city to pick up our new campervan. And this time it was a decent one. We had three days time for this 1200 km ride. With Brian we already made our plan of action for these days so our first stop was Mount Gambier with the beautiful blue lake and the impressive sinkhole. Since we arrived way later than planned, we got to the sinkhole by night which was a fluke. We didn't know that the sinkhole is inhabitated by very cute possums, which only show up at night. Another animal to tick off our list. That night we found a very nice place to sleep, next to a forest wich was full of kangaroos. :-) We just love this funny fellows.

After a deep and comfy sleep in our really spacious new motorhome, we were heading towards the main attraction of this ride... The scenic Great Ocean Road! Literally a gorgeous stretch of landscape along Victorias south coast. We knew about this sights and wanted to do it earlier, but when our plans changed, we thought we would not be able to see it. Even happier we were, after we finally did it. It's breathtaking and highly recommendable.

For us the end of the GOR was a cute little town called Apollo Bay. It offers a nice beach and some simple restaurants or snack bars with a broad selection of fresh seafood. That night was probably the calmest we ever had while travelling with a camper. We drove a few kilometers into the rainforest and found a nice and surprisingly quiet place to sleep. Very pleasant night! :-)

The next day was already time to give back the camper in Melbourne. Time flew! Luckily we were only about 2,5 hours away from Melbourne. That gave us time to stop by a little lake, in a veeeery countryside town, to have breakfast. The lake looks like out of a horror movie and is quite spectacular. If you are lucky, you can even spot a platypus there. We unfortunately didn't. The rest of the way was easy and we gave back the camper at Apollo near the airport.

Unfortunately, that day the lake was more petrol than blue. But we saw pictures of it on a nice day and the blue color is amazing!

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