We're now in Melbourne and guess what? Right it's raining and seriously cold!
However,yesterday it was a very pleasant 22 degrees with a strong wind and blue, blue skies.
We spent the best part of three days travelling from Adelaide towards Melbourne and at lunchtime we discovered Salt Creek! Not many people visit the tin shack store and cafe, straight out of a 1950's movie, somewhere in the West!
That night we stayed in Mount Gambier in a 'Comfort Inn' and had dinner with a coach party of other 'seniors' which was somewhat entertaining. Mount Gambier's claim to fame is a rather fascinating lake within the cone of an extinct volcano. In the spring the water starts to change colour and is a wonderful Cobalt Blue. We managed a brisk walk around it before we set out on the next stage of our trek.
Wow, what a big country and as we've said before, such contrasts. Our next stage of the journey was to Port Campbell via the town of Portland. We just had to visit as The Underground Man (still on tour and available for booking), featured the good Duke of that name. And the sun shone all day. The route took us past vast fields full of sheep and cattle, massive forests planted with what looked like pines, scrub and 'bush' land still tainted by the effects of forest fires and above all the beautiful sea. Sometimes quite tranquil with just a hint of white horses, but when we arrived at Port Campbell what seemed to us giant rollers crashing onto the rocks. And the most beautiful sunset.
Next morning saw us up early to visit the 'Twelve Apostles' a somewhat reduced group of off-shore sandstone rock stacks just out to sea. Erosion has done its work and now there just seem to be only nine, but they were quite spectacular in the early morning sun and very sharp wind. So to Melbourne along The Great Ocean Road. Another journey of contrasts passing through more tropical forests, isolated farms and houses, small coastal resorts and twisting, turning, falling and rising seaside highway, to be negotiated very carefully because of other traffic, land slips and road repairs from the last floods which actually closed the route. Then an arrival in Melbourne along a five lane highway taking us to a hotel with glorious views of an inner city park, just right for a morning run.
Today we negotiated the city tram service (very cheap and comprehensive), guess what it rained (no it poured) and tonight we go to the Melbourne Playhouse to see 887 by Canadien actor/director/writer Robert Lepage. Although looking out of the window of our room we may have to swim or build a boat! Watch this space.