I've no idea if my son will settle here permanently so I'm treating this visit as the one and only trip I'll ever make and making the most of seeing everything, albeit briefly, rather than one or two things in detail.
There has been a lot of driving, I'm keeping a written diary of places we've visited and miles we've covered on foot and in the car. We're either driving along the coast of through the forests and occasional open plains. Through the wine and cheese regions, we haven't stopped though. We've driven a total of 1971kms this week.
Finally saw some live animals in Philips Island, the roadkill of kangaroos, wallabies and wombat is huge. The birds are amazing in size, variety and colour also.
It's been much colder since leaving Sydney, around 14c in the day and 4c at night. I've had to purchase a wooly hat and some tights. Thankfully all the accommodation has heating in it.
209 Sunday Sydney to Jervis It was warm enough to change into shorts and t shirt in the car park, much to child 3's disgust. We drove through a national park and stopped at several beaches, stopping at Otford for lunch then a visit to Fo Guang Shan Nan Tien Temple before heading off to Kiama lighthouse and blow hole.
210 Monday Jervis to Eden Drove through Batemans Bay stopping at Malva Bay for a coffee. We took a detour to Tilba an historical village for a lunch stop.
211 Tuesday Eden to Phillips Island Penguin Parade. It was a 7 hour drive. We weren't allowed to take photo's due to the camera lights and flashes, but here's a bonus photo from the website.
212 Wednesday Philips Island. Visited the Koala sanctuary, they are now officially my new favourite animal. Visited a cultural working farm and stayed in for the evening.
213 Thursday Philips Island to Lorne. It's been great sharing the driving. Jamie drove the first part through Melbourne. It was cold and windy today, visited a light house and a chocolate factory and spent the evening doing the laundry, a walk along the beach and an early night.
214 Friday Lorne to Warrnambool. A busy and full on day starting with Teddy's lookout, Sheoak falls where I saw my first kangaroo, coffee stop and climbed a lighthouse. We visited the 12 apostles and went on Loch Ard Gorge beach, arriving late to our accommodation.
215 Saturday We stopped at Port Fairy to see another lighthouse, take our last walk on the beach, saw wallabies and drove north to the Grampians. On our way we had a mad idea to climb Mount Sturgeon which is 553ms high. It took just over 3 hours. It is rated as a hard climb. We then drove to Halls Gap, had lunch, stocked up on supplies and spent the night at Lake Fyans.
On the blog this week:
Sydney to Melbourne and Phillips Island.