The road trip continued on through Melbourne, where we stayed a couple of days with a backpacker friend, Alison. The luxury of hot showers and laundry was amazing, and we got a brief look around the main city in our short time there.
After dropping Ian off to go WWOOFing and picking up Beppie, another friend from the pink house hostel, we drove down the great ocean road taking in the coastal scenery and fine beaches. Then we moved inland through and Grampians and onto Adelaide. A quick trip south took us too Kangeroo island, an island full of indigenous Ozzie wildlife, including fur seals and koalas, and then today we headed north again and did a bicycle tour of the barrosa valley winerys, which involved lots of free vine and some drunken cycling – amazing fun.
Some cool highlights included heading out into the water in Wilson’s prom (sothernly point of Oz) and seeing a 4-foot shadow. Thinking better safe than sorry, I immediatley fled the water, saying “no idea, but think I saw a tiger shark” to the others as I zoomed past. Then turned around to see the harmless sealion imitate a couple of body boarders and surf a wave right into shore about 2 foot away from me – terror turned to complete joy in seconds.
Also cool was camping out next to some ozzie teenagers and talking what we think of ozzies vrs the real oz, walking along some sweet trails in the mountains and seeing lots of kangeroos on out outdoor travels. Good photos of all these to follow when I’m back in the big city (this Monday onwards…) Then back to the old job hunting !