Day 7: To the Grampians

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 cafĂ© 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!

Day 6: On the Great Ocean Road

A quick look out th' window this mornin' told us th' weather changed overnight from clear skies t' overcast and grey. Today, we are sailin' th' second leg o' th' Great Ocean Road, all th' way t' Warrnambool. The first stop today fer us however were bein' Cape Otway, where th' Cape Otway Lighthouse stands. This is th' first Lighthouse aroun' there, and it has been in active operation since 1848. Unfortunately, ye can only visit th' grounds aroun' it by payin' an entrance fee and goin' on th' full tour, and we passed on this as th' sea ahead were bein' quite long still.

We were there fer another matter anyway: koalas, avast. The sea leadin' from th' B100 t' Cape Otway Lighthouse is famous fer th' number o' Koalas livin' alongside it. We, however, failed t' see any on route t' th' Cape. It might have been due t' th' weather though, as it started drizzlin'. Luckily fer us, th' rain lifted pretty soon after this, and our luck findin' animals returned: on a dirt sea just off th' main sea, we got lucky and found not 1 but three sittin' in th' same giant tree! Yaaarrrrr! With another Koala restin' in th' tree next t' it, th' tally went up t' four right there! We stood by them and watched th' closest one perform acrobatic feats while feedin'. Awesome!

On th' way back, we even spotted more up t' a point where we could look left and see one, and look right t' see another. All very fluffy and generally ignorin' our presence, these animals are just a treat t' look at. The rest o' our journey took us further down th' Great Ocean Road where we visited th' well known highlights on it. Walk the plank, we'll keel-haul ye! These are th' Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, th' Arch, th' London Bridge en th' Grotto. They all are formations o' th' limestone rock set out in th' sea or right on th' shore o' th' ocean. And they all are really beautiful!

The weather still were bein' actin' up, we basically have had all weather types followin' each other up every 10 minutes. Ahoy, pass the grog! Rangin' from drizzle t' rain t' full on sunshine, it all were bein' there. Tomorrow, we are headin' further inland towards Grampians National Park. It’ll be sad t' say goodbye t' th' great views o' th' ocean, but we imagine it’ll be beautiful up there as well!