Yesterday really turned it on for us and the GOR was everything the tourist
brochures promised. Vast stretches of gorgeous blue ocean, spectacular
crashing over reefs and onto the shore, narrow winding roads climbing to
lookouts and sunshine. Some of the lookout parking areas were very
busy with up
to five cars and R2 squeezing in. This is the beginning of winter.
I cringe to
think what summer would be like here. Crowds, slow cars & short
tempers as they
all queue to take their turn.
We stopped at Lorne pier to have another go with the rod having been blown
rained off the idea on Saturday. This smart arse told a couple of
that he would only be there for ten minutes to catch a couple of big ones
dinner and guess what, as soon as the line hit the water, bang, Mrs. Salmon
grabbed it. I was having a fine old time reeling it in with the surf
bending then the rotter took its freedom. I reeled in to find the bait
so it was the good Ďol surf popper that had done the trick. Re cast
number two. This one came in putting up a grand fight leaping out of
and collecting two neighbours lines and doing a fine knitting job with all
tackles. That was the run and half an hour saw no more so we packed up
moved on with dinner in the fridge.
We looked around Apollo Bay and did find a NANS (not any nasty signs) spot
the boat ramp but did not feel comfortable. AB is very touristy
with lots of
caravan parks and it smelt like a hassle waiting so we moved on. Not
far out of
town was a signed track to Shelley Beach picnic area car park in the Otway
Turned out to be a beaut little NANS with table, loo and walking tracks down
the river and beach. The shorter one was half a Km down and up again.
mean UP. Woody would love it ?.
This morning is cloud covered and raining so we might pass on the other walk
Lavers Hill has the highest rainfall in Victoria and yesterday was a
demonstration along with gale force winds with some intermittent calm before
next onset. Weíre so happy the days of camping with a tent are a thing
past. First stop not far out of the Shelly beach picnic area was Cape
lighthouse. $10.50 per person for the privilege of a half Km walk and
no thanks. A slightly longer walk where we see only about a third of
attraction was free we were informed by a condescending kiosk attendant.
didnít even crack a smile when I asked if the admission fee included dinner
we and others took the free walk. A lighthouse on a hill in the
Coming back we detoured on a track to Crayfish Bay which got a bit too
resulting in another panel beating job on the hws cover. Me thinks
will be checker plate with no openings for bushes. Even better, fit
one on the back of the truck.
The drive to Princetown, just before the Twelve Apostles, was mostly inland
narrow winding roads through the forest. Pleasant enuff although the
was gloomy. Then we suddenly arrived at the Gibson Steps, entrance to
apostles, and Wow! Even in howling wind which would have Scott of the
looking for his beanie it was great. Crashing foaming surf against
cliffs and towers of rock in the sea. We drove the Km from there to
visitor center and car park. Coy is this place set up for visitors.
for hundreds of cars, coaches and caravans. Hilton quality amenities
a stainless squat for those foreign to porcelain and well appointed walkways
viewing platforms. Again, everything the brochures promised.
We spent about half an hour in fading light getting wind blasted around the
viewing area and had to make a decision on where to camp. I reckoned
we were a
chance to stay right where we were at the back of the huge car park and so
did. Rather wary for the first hour I relaxed a bit and opened a beer.
means grounded in a truck. Cooked some lovely crumbed chilli chicken
dinner, a glass of wine and a movie on the DVD. By 11pm, totally by
and following a full moon walk down to star attractions we turned in and
not so gently rocked most of the night by the winds. First visitors
daybreak so we also did an early morning viewing. Just had breakfast,
shower and we head for Port Campbell.
Sheesh. Just how many statuesque, monumental obelisks can a bear bare
at in one day. Gibson Steps, 12 apostles, Loch Ard Gorge (probably my
favourite) and then a dozen more bridges, grottos, bays, islands, coves and
from super elevated perches high atop sheer limestone cliff faces. By
yesterday afternoon we had nearly walked and climbed our bums off and were
almost viewed out. With each bend in the road came another signpost
wreck, lookout or historic sight. Just one more dear? Had to be
done, we may
not get back here for some time.
We called time at about 4.30 and made off towards Warnambool. The
really been quite ordinary again. Overcast skies unfortunately giving
light for photographs and cold winds with occasional shattered scours.
Fortunately the really strong winds had eased up. Port Campbell was
as having once been a Ďsleepy fishing towní. Whatís this once?
to tell them it still is. The only petrol garage offered diesel for
with fish & chips and a laundry service. The newsagent sold beer and
a supermarket. The jetty was very much a fair weather job, we couldnít
close with the waves crashing into it. There is a fair bit of tourist
development and accommodation but it looked real lean and hungry out of
The road goes a little inland for a way through some green and wet farmland
where we kept a close eye out for a spot to stop. A little sign
left and down about 12Km of narrow road to Childers Cove where with the
in view we nosed into a sandy 4wd track. Bingo Baby!. I must
have missed that
one little tiny sign with a tent in the failing light and we found ourselves
backed into a tailor made clearing at the head of a steep sandy track down
the beach and with 180deg of those awesome views.
A comfortable night and a promising morning with no wind and patches of blue
sky. I treated myself to eggs & bacon and got out the fishing tackle.
started bloody raining! Ah well. Weíre going to have a rest day
So far we havenít seen a soul. With little chance of solar charging
as we shanít be driving Iím giving the genset a run for the first time this
trip. Itís been started a few time for a short period but does need to
up and worked for a couple of hours. Getting 12 amps in from my super
which is less than expected. Terminal voltage 27.3V and back from
Ė50Ah to Ė
30Ah so Iíll leave it to sub 20 and thatíll do.
A quick note on our new heater. I had really wanted a compact lpg gas
a couple of safety features like tilt and oxygen cutouts but had only found
Palermo which was not only a few hundred dollars but far too big. So
we made a
snap decision and bought a little 1.25 liter cylinder and dish reflector
in Kmart. With the proviso that R2 is properly ventilated with
in the door and 4 seasons hatches I can tell you it works damn well easily
bringing the inside up from 11 to 21 deg C. Even more surprising was
which promised gas consumption of 106 grams per hour. Yeah sure,
hours from that little bottle. Well blow me down thatís exactly what
Rough calcs show that if I can decant 7 fills from a 9Kg cylinder into the
1.25Kg thatís say $24/7 = $3.40 for 12 hours or $0.29c per hour or as low as
$0.19c when I can get $16 fills from BBQ Gals at Nowra.
Now go away rain so I can go get a salmon for dinner. In the meantime
about 150 photos to edit and cull from yesterday. Iíll end up with
if I keep this up ?