Next stop Pebbly Beach: meant to be THE place to see wild Kangaroos. They come down to the beach to cool off and to feed. Pebbly Beach was 8km off the main road down an unsealed road – for which we weren’t insured – and Ben asked me twice if I really wanted to go there... yes! I was very disappointed when we got there as could only see 3 Kangaroos sitting in a private garden several hundred metres from us.
Aimed to drive to Thredbo in Kosciuszko National Park but made it as far as Jindabyne (also in NP). Stayed in a shabby hotel, had an average dinner and went to bed. We must stop arriving places in the dark as it’s no fun trying to find somewhere to stay when you’re tired and can’t see anything!!
Mon 29 Oct – Cold night in Ballarat – just like the guide on the Gold Tour had said re 1800’s! Headed south to Warrnambool where we were joining the “Great Ocean Road” – the south coast just to the west of Melbourne.
Tues 30 Oct – Left Apollo Bay and continued along the Great Ocean Road. A Koala crossed the road in front of the car, luckily we had plenty of time to stop; then Ben chased him off the road into a tree as he was happily strolling along the road and we didn’t want him to get run over. Stopped in Lorne, one of the bigger settlements. We posted NZ leaflets to Kathy & Ben and had a coffee. Next stop Aireys Inlet – short walk to see lighthouse. Anglesea: we headed to the Golf Course where we expected to see LOTS of Kangaroos (aka Lonely Planet & Ben). Rather disappointed as they have fenced it since Ben was last here so maybe that was why there were so few, or maybe they were all resting under the trees. Weren’t allowed to walk onto the course in case hit by a ball or attacked by a kangaroo. Saw 3 in the trees through the binoculars and found another two in the bush by the road – these were much more nervous than the Kangaroos we encountered on Pebbly Beach.
Wed 31 Oct – Phillip Island. Enjoyed our morning in the cabin and headed first for the Koala Sanctuary. They had two raised boardwalks which you could walk on and be at the same height as the Koalas. We saw two babies both hugged tight to their mothers. Lots of photos on flickr.
Sam (and Ben) x