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  • Day137

    Cape Otway Lighthouse

    February 25, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    “Cape Otway Lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse on mainland Australia and considered the most significant. Built in 1848, the lighthouse known as the ‘Beacon of Hope,’ sits 90 metres above the pristine ocean of Bass Strait. Hundreds of lives were lost along this shipwreck coast – a sad but fascinating history which led to the building of the Lightstation on the cliffs edge. For many thousands of 19th century migrants, who spent months travelling to Australia by ship, Cape Otway was their first sight of land after leaving Europe, Asia and North America.

    The site of the lighthouse tells the history and why it was so significant. In short, ships left America and Europe, headed due south to “the roaring forties” (winds at latitude 40 degrees that are very blowy), skirt around Antarctica, nip north east up to south Australia through the Bass Strait between the south coast of Australia and Tasmania and then on to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane etc. Getting through the Bass Straits was known as “the eye of the needle”. Ships had not seen land since leaving home, three to six months earlier and chronometers were not so accurate, plus cloud cover made using sextants intermittent. The gap they were aiming for was only about 75km wide (although the distance is greater than that, Kings Island sit mid way between the mainland and Tasmania. 75km was less than the errors that might occur over the time taken to get to Australia .... hence shipwrecks along the coast. After one wreck resulting in the loss of almost 400 lives, something had to be done, so Australia started on a programme of lighthouse building around 1845. Cape Otway Lighthouse was often the first site of land after leaving Europe or America, hence its significance.

    There is also an aboriginal heritage centre where we learnt about bush tucker, warrigal greens, lemonade bush, yam daisy and pig face. Our diet has now changed.
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    Wayne Bampton

    Mixed emotions when Hilary and I visited the Lighthouse, great views and landscapes - good times, not such luck with a parking ticket left on the car - sad times. We were told that we didn’t need to pay the fine, mmmm not too sure that was the correct thing to do, maybe facing something for an unpaid fine (with interest) when we go back. 😉

    2/26/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    We didn’t pay for the parking when we were there and didn’t see any signs requesting payment. Maybe, with your interest accumulating, they’ve made the parking free for everyone else. As you didn’t pay, I don’t think you’ll get a visa to be allowed back in to Aussie 😞, you know what they are like about convicts.

    2/27/20Reply
     
  • Day136

    Great Ocean Road - Koala Hunting

    February 24, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We wandered across the road and along a well mown path to get to the sea opposite the Coast House. We had been told to be aware of snakes, but the path was narrow and spiders had made webs across it, so we were most concerned about getting a face full of spider and web - actually I wasn’t concerned, Bun was walking in front! Always the gentleman, I walked at the front on the way back. Blackberries are out ... autumn is coming. In one months time we will be flying out of Australia ☹️

    We have seen koalas in rescue centres, hospitals and wildlife parks, but no wild koalas in their natural habitat. We have been told that there are a couple of places in this area where koalas are almost “guaranteed” - hope they are not like the manta rays and go on holiday when we go visiting!

    Kennet River is back along the road we drove down yesterday, there we found “Kafe Koala” which sounded like a good place to start. While planning and having a coffee, the Beatles “Hard Days Night” Album (I think, happy to be corrected) was playing in the background, not what we were expecting.

    Off up the track where we had been reassured we would find koalas hanging from every tree. We quizzed people who were walking back down from the forest and were reassured that koalas were up there.

    Several couples and families drove through the forest, not sure if they managed to see any. We were guided to a tree and yes, there was a koala in it. Known for sleeping 20 hours a day, they don’t move so there is no hope of a better pose. Fortunately the day was grey and overcast, OK , grey koalas against a grey sky may not be the best combination, but as there was usually sky behind them, they would have been nothing other than black shapes if the sky had been any brighter.

    Spotting koalas was difficult. Walking up hill, looking up into the sky when it’s raining means eyes hit with rain drops, neck ache and the risk of walking off the track and falling down the side of the steep hill. We knew that they sat in the cleft of branches so we initially looked near the tree trunks, but then found them draped quite a long way along branches.

    Well it was a successful walk, six or seven koalas later we were becoming koala 🐨 blind and decide to walk back to Bertha. On the way back down the track we met two minibuses with blacked out windows. The doors opened and out jumped a load of Chinese, some in suits, dresses etc looking very smart. One of the easiest ways of spotting a koala was to watch where others pointed their camera, but where’s the fun in that?

    After the excitement of koala hunting we walked along the river for a while and then drove back along the GOR to Apollo Bay, a historic town with a sandy beach where people can actually get into the sea, much of the coast along the GOR has been large waves crashing onto rocks.

    Wandered about, then back to The Coast House to edit and crop the photos.
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    Geri Briggs

    Didn’t realise they are so static that you can map their positions!

    2/25/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    Static for much of the day, not sure how far they roam. At the hospital they said that, if possible, a koala needs to be returned to the same tree where it was found otherwise it will simply try to get to it. We took photos of one at 13:30 and then came back and took more at 17:15. The koala was on the same branch and hadn’t really moved, but was awake on both occasions. Most we have seen have been fast asleep.

    2/26/20Reply
    Penny Almond

    Love a koala 🐨🥰

    2/27/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    We have a couple stowed away in our backpacks if you’d like one. They do smell a great deal

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  • Day5

    Great Ocean Road

    February 4, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Nach einem Ruhetag in Melbourne haben wir nun unser Fahrzeug erhalten. Und das mitten in Melbourne. Wir mussten uns mitten in der Grossstadt sofort an den Linksverkehr gewöhnen. Das ging alles gut, auf der richtigen Seite gefahren, Geschwindigkeit eingehalten, nur beim Parken haben wir einen Fehler gemacht und bei einem Kehrplatz wie auch andere parkiert (war auch schlecht beschildert). Kostenpunkt sage und schreibe 165 Australische Dollars!!! Da parkieren wir in der Schweiz wesentlich günstiger falsch. Trotzdem haben wir unsere Fahrt entlang der Great Ocean Road genossen. Eine wirklich eindrückliche Fahrt entlang der wilden Küste Südaustraliens. Nun sind wir für 2 Tage in der Ecolodge inmitten der Wildnis, in der Nähe von Cape Otway. Die ersten Kängurus haben wir gesehen. Es hat viele davon, auch unmittelbar vor unserem Zimmer. Koalas haben wir noch keine gesehen, vielleicht morgen.Read more

    Julia Pietsch

    Traumhaft! 🥰 Ich erspare euch ein Bild vom tristen deutschen Wetter 😉

    2/4/20Reply
    Karl Koch

    Ja, man muss sich halt schon an das Steuer auf der falschen Seite gewöhnen😂😂👍👍🚘 Herrlich die Ocean Road! Also schön weiter geniessen und aufpassen Anita und Karl

    2/4/20Reply
    Toni Rohrer

    Wau, ich bekomme Fernweh. Gruss vom Büro 😩 Lg Toni

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  • Day6

    Bimbi Park

    November 13, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Zwei Nächte verbringen wir im Bimbi Park.
    Außer Bäume und purer Natur ist hier nicht viel.

    Die Fotos zeigen unseren Tagesausflug entlang des Great Ocean Walk.

    Hier haben wir unsere ersten Koalas gesehen. Die Kängurus lassen sich allerdings nicht Blicken, lediglich die Fußspuren haben wir gefunden.Read more

  • Day6

    Cape Otway Lightstation

    November 13, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Ende unserer Tour war der auf dem Foto abgebildete Leuchtturm.

    Die Windgeschwindigkeit auf dem Leuchtturm waren 120 km/h. Dazu haben wir geniale Videos mit der GoPro gemacht. Wir mussten schräg gegen den Wind laufen um uns zu bewegen.

    Nach 6 h Fußmarsch sind wir nun froh uns im Camper ausruhen zu können . 😊

    Melanie macht uns ihre auf der Reise entdeckten Speisen 🤷🏼‍♀️🙆🏼

    Morgen geht es dann weiter auf die Great Ocean Road 😍
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  • Day303

    Cape Otway

    February 1, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    After a very hot and dry day yesterday it was raining today. We hiked through the Otway National Park and saw Koalas, Kangaroos, a waterfall and beautiful beaches.

    Nach einem extrem heißen Tag gestern hat uns heute der Regen wieder eingeholt. Trotzdem haben wir eine lange Wanderung durch den Otway Nationalpark gemacht und es hat sich gelohnt! Unterwegs haben wir ein paar Kängurus getroffen und konnten super schöne Blicke auf die Küste genießen. Übernachtet haben wir in einer Mini-Hütte unter Eukalyptus Bäumen mit Koalas.Read more

  • Day137

    Great Ocean Road - Koala Hunting Day 2

    February 25, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Today the sun shines, but we will not be returning to the coast house so need to make sure the house is clean and pack Bertha.

    Cape Otway is surrounded by the Otway National Park and the park is a forest of eucalyptus. We were assured that we would see Koalas. Seeing them would not be sufficient as we’d seen them yesterday, we needed to see one that wasn’t 100m in the air and only showing its bum.

    As we turned off the GOR onto the road leading to the Cape Otway and the lighthouse, we remembered how the people we’d seen driving through the forest yesterday, probably hadn’t seen any koalas, would we be able to find somewhere to stop to get out and have a look around?

    We needn’t have worried as we came across several vehicles on the side of the road and people pointing cameras almost horizontally into the trees. We pulled over, walked back to find a koala on a branch about 10m into the forest and maybe 5m off the ground. What’s more, it was awake and moving!

    We stayed and took loads of photos and just watched it change its position and scratch itself.

    When we drove back along the road nearly 4 hours later, she was still on the same branch.

    Having found our ideal photo op’ it was sad to come across a dead koala on the side of the road as we drove out of the forest.😞
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  • Day111

    Koalas!

    February 25, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    We woke up early and had breakfast in our rental van after figuring out how to transform the bed into a sitting area. Afterwards we drove to the town of Lorne to fill up our water tank. It was here when we realised that the filling system leaked but we weren't yet aware on how bad it was. So we drove up to a nice viewpoint of the coastline and further down the road had a small walk to a waterfall. The waterfall wasn't that big but the setting was pretty nice with the rocks surrounding it. In Kennet River we wanted to go and see some koalas. But here is when we realised that the water leak was apparently so big that the whole carpet in the back of the car was soaked. We decided to be annoyed enough now by leaks and mold and called the Travellers Autobarn to complain. They were trying to be nice and helpful but we got the feeling they were mainly worried about the leak rather than actually understanding that it was making us uncomfortable living in a moldy van. We sent some evidence, let's see what their final reaction will be.

    We started our koala walk and we indeed spotted two of them. They were mainly hanging in the tree doing what they are doing 20 hours a day: sleep. They're apparently the dumbest mammals in existence, and wouldn't recognise their only food as food unless they can eat it directly from the tree: poisonous leaves that they then spend most of their energy on to digest. But they're fluffy and cute. Once in a while they were moving an arm or leg as if to stretch before sleeping further.

    After a pretty late lunch we continued our way on the Great Ocean Road. Eventually we arrived in Apollo Bay and since we realized that there were 'no camping or overnight parking' signs everywhere along the way, we decided to go for a cheapish but official camping in the town. Originally we wanted to wash here as well but it was already a bit late and they predicted rain in the morning. So no chance to dry our clothes on time.

    We had a pretty great wraps dinner while a big group of retired Australians enjoyed their trip away from Melbourne. They were very nice and talkative and we benefited two great chocolate cake pieces from them for dessert.
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    Lida Schönbeck

    Hope you will get a new van soon

    2/26/20Reply
     
  • Day52

    Great Ocean Road zum ersten

    January 24, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Entlang der bekannten Küstenstrasse Richtung Adelaide. Erster Halt mit einem kuzen Marsch entlang einer Strasse an dem wilde Koalas🐨 zu sehen sind. Und ja wenn auch meinst schlafend sehen wir diese Schnügels, wie auch wieder Papageien. Entlang der Küste die abwechslungsreich ist mit Felsen ,Strände und vielen grossen Wellen. Kurz vor Apollo Bay geht die Fahrt in die Berge, durch einen der letzten Urwälder im Süden zu unserem Nachtlager
    (ca.3km von den Beauchamps Falls entfernt.) Die Wasserfälle werden natürlich sofort aufgesucht. Durch ein Waldstück geht es ca 40 Minuten Bergab. (Dann natürlich auch wieder Bergauf🤗). Heute war das Wetter besser und vorallem der Wind nicht mehr, so das wir wieder einmal draussen Essen konnten 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
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    Emanuele Guarino

    Das Paradies ☀️😃

    1/25/20Reply
     
  • Day131

    Great Ocean Road/Grampians Nationalpark

    January 15, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Die längste Küstenstraße der Welt mit knapp 250 km beginnt südlich von Melbourne und führt durch den kleinen Bundesstaat Victoria an felszerklüfteten Küsten entlang. Ursprünglich als Arbeitsbeschaffungsmaßnahme für Kriegsheimkehrer gedacht, ist diese Straße heute ein beliebtes Ausflugsziel im Süden Australiens. Die Strecke führt an Fischerdörfern, Strandabschnitten und Buchten, Felsen, Wäldern voller Artenvielfalt sowie schönen Aussichtspunkten vorbei, an denen meine Reisegruppe und ich immer wieder Halt machen, die Aussicht genießen, Fotos schießen, Ausschau in den Bäumen nach Koalas halten und mittags ein Sandwich an einem der Strände verdrücken. Zum Baden ist es leider zu frisch, für eine schöne Aussicht reicht's aber allemal. Je näher wir der Hauptattraktion, den Twelve Apostles kommen, umso schlechter werden jedoch Sicht und Wetter. So bringen wir den Fußmarsch zur Panoramaplattform bei stürmendem Wind mit ziemlich zapfigen Temperaturen zügig hinter uns, versuchen im Nebel die spektakulären Felsformationen, die über Jahrtausende von der Natur geschaffen wurden, in Meer zu erkennen und retten uns dann wieder zurück in die schützende Wärme und Windstille des Busses anstatt die Aussicht gemütlich zu genießen.
    Tag 2 begrüßt uns glücklicherweise mit einem freundlichen Himmel und wir starten mit einer Wanderung auf den alten Vulkankrater im nahegelegenen Nationalparks des Grampiansgebirge. Vereinzelt trifft man dort auf schlafende Koalas, scheue Wallabies und bunte, laute Vögel. Die Aussicht über die Landschaft, die sich jenseits des Gebirges lang und flach bis zum Meer hinstreckt, ist unbezahlbar.
    Nach einem einfachen Lunch erkunden wir weiter den Nationalpark und es geht recht mühsam über Felsplatten und Felsbrocken nach oben. Noch spektakulärer als am Vormittag ragen hier massive Felsformationen scheinbar ins Nichts hinaus und eröffnen Blicke auf die wilde Natur darunter.
    Unsere knapp 20-köpfige Reisegruppe erfreut sich abends bei einem Barbecue und dem großen Feld voller Kängurus, die sich nebenan vergnügt tummeln oder auch schon mal etwas wilder miteinander umgehen.
    Bevor es am letzten Tag wieder zurück nach Melbourne geht, bestaunen wir noch Wasserfälle, freche Kakadus und die menschenleere Weite jenseits des Highways.
    Sicherlich hätte mir ein Roadtrip mit einem eigenen Mietwagen mehr Freiheiten gegeben und noch mehr spontane Stopps erlaubt, dafür musste ich mich zur Abwechslung einmal um nichts kümmern, nichts planen oder recherchieren und konnte so ohne großen Aufwand in relativ kurzer Zeit viele beeindruckende Orte zum Abschluss meiner Australienreise sehen.
    Fünf Wochen sind für ein riesiges Land wie Australien keinesfalls genug, um auch nur im Entferntesten einen umfassenden Eindruck zu bekommen und es gäbe noch eine Vielzahl an weiteren Naturwundern und Spektakeln zu bestaunen. Ich jedoch habe mich nicht zuletzt auch vor dem Hintergrund der Buschfeuer dazu entschieden, weiter zu reisen und Australien fürs Erste hinter mir zu lassen.
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    Steffi Hartmann

    Wow, das sieht echt mega schön aus 🤩🏞🧭🦘

    1/28/20Reply
    Romina Aral

    Hallo Melanie,

    1/29/20Reply
    Romina Aral

    genieß die restlichen Tage bzw. Wochen. Vermisse dich😘

    1/29/20Reply
     

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