We spent the night at Chris's which had an excellent restaurant attached to it as well. The second day was a big day. To start the day off, we walked through a rain forest and then found koala's (not in the rain forest)
|My favorite, the Bay of Islands|
That evening we stayed in Port Fairy - which is a one street town, that was mostly closed by the time we got in. Despite being about 2 hours away from the night before, we ran into our waiter while we were walking down the street in search of dinner. For such a large country, it's a very small world.
Port Fairy marked the end of the Great Ocean Road, so we headed up north to the Grampians National Park. During the drive up - we encountered a Locus Plague.
|our dirty car after all the locus|
The Grampians were beautiful, although a much smaller national park than most of the ones in the United States. We took an easy ( steep, but easy terrain) hike to the top of Mt. William which is the highest point in the park.
There were Kangaroos EVERYwhere in the town of Halls Gap. It's pretty wild to see Kangaroos as common as squirrels. Some of these guys are quite large. We pushed our luck as we tried to take photos very close WITH them, not just of them. But they didn't have much of an interest in us.
After our brief stay in the Grampians we headed towards an unknown destination. We stopped at the Naracoorte Caves that have received a world heritage site award for their massive fossil bed collection. Their caves were interesting, ( although a very short/limited tour of them in comparison to Carlsbad Caverns) But the coolest part was definitely the fossil bed.
Our final stop on our road trip ended up at a KOA-ish park along a beautiful lake. The cabin we stayed in was nothing fancy, but was probably my favorite night. We were finally out of the cold/rain of the first few days and out of the locus plague that allowed for Flo & I to sit on the deck enjoy a drink and simply watch the water.