We woke up t' a very grey sky, and found out it even drizzled with occasional showers. This were bein' not what we had bargained fer! As we had a trip planned fer this mornin', we decided t' skip that, and just do everythin' at a snails pace. Therefore, we had a very long breakfast and even slept in a little!
Leavin' Warrnambool fer Halls Gap actually proved t' be a great idea, as th' weather got better and better as our journey progressed further inland. We eventually were tempted t' pull out th' shorts! Along th' way, we have encountered a variety o' animals, which all were nice enough t' stop doin' what they were t' pose fer our cameras. Among th' nices ones were Ibis, various types o' parrots in all sizes, a few different species o' Cockatoo and even a fox!
After arrivin' at Halls Gap which lies smack dab in th' middle o' th' Grampians National Park aroun' 1, we went fer lunch sittin' in th' delightful sun, gettin' our tan on. After fillin' our stomachs, we went out fer a sail into th' park t' visit th' places easily accessible by boat. We have visited The Balconies and th' Lookouts o' both Reed and Boroka, all o' which present wonderful vistas o' th' Gap and th' surroundin' plains, we'll keel-haul ye, and a bottle of rum! The Gap itself is a narrow valley in betwixt two crests made o' rock bein' pushed up t' about 45 degrees. The town o' Halls Gap lies in betwixt these two crests, and dinna spare the whip! We have also visited th' Mackenzie Falls, where we walked th' trail t' th' base o' th' waterfall. This is 283 steps down a flight o' stairs and quite a tough little walk, but th' view o' th' falls is really rewardin'. It however, did end our yearnin' fer some exercise as goin' back up is strenuous after a long day sailin'.
The town o' Halls Gap is quite famous fer th' abundance o' Western Grey Kangaroos. A story we quickly dismissed as untrue, as we felt it would probably be a exaggerated t' be a nice attraction fer tourists. It most definitely is not exaggerated. Ahoy! We have encountered dozens o' them, all carelessly browsin' th' green pastures o' th' town. And not only th' publicly accessible greens, but also th' lawns and garden o' th' residents o' this town, as th' Kangaroos easily scale an 8 foot fence. And swab the deck, and a bucket o' chum! This is so cool! We even sat down in a field filled with Kangaroos and peacefully watched them feed.
Today is Sunday, and also th' last day o' th' annual Wine Festival in this town. Apparently, it also means that all shops, restaurants and bars o' th' town are closed, because we had a really hard time gettin' some chow. Luckily, we found a café still open fer business, so all ended well tonight, and a bottle of rum, avast! Tomorrow, we have a full day o' walkin' in th' National Park planned, so I hope we’ll be able t' get a good night o' sleep!