After a refreshing night in Port Campbell’s youth hostel (yes, really.)(That just explains how much we slept the previous nights), we were on our way again to see more cliffs. But first: picking strawberries at the strawberry farm (ah, childhood memories, picking tons of strawberries in my granddad’s garden). Next stop: London Bridge. Nice rock :-) We also wanted to see the Bay of Islands rocks, but somehow, we passed them. “Hey, I think I saw them there, shall we turn back?”. “Nah, let’s just take this dirt road, it looks like it’s going in the direction of the beach. Maybe we can see them from there”. Again, with a car fit for its purpose (Toyota Corolla, for those interested), and 15 minutes of serious bumping later, we arrived at the seaside. Cliffs yes, Bay of Islands no. But it was lunchtime and there seemed to be a path leading down the cliffs, so we decided to head down to the beach. So beautiful!
As we had to travel some distance, we planned to go to Mount Gambier in one trek. We got there just in time for the sunset (again :-) )
The next part some of us want to delete permanently from their memories, because the sun set, it got dark and we didn’t have a place to sleep yet… Camping at the crater lake wasn’t possible (see picture); all hostels and motel receptions on the Great Ocean Road seem to close at 6pm, and you can’t get in unless you pre-booked (thanks very much Mount Gambier Goal for your rudeness). So 2 hours later we finally found the Motel Mount Gambier, where late check-in is possible and we were very friendly received (and got lots of tips on the neighbourhood too!).
Entering the Coonawarra wine region, we visited Balnaves the next morning for a wine tasting. Happy breakfast!
After lots of driving and nearing Adelaide, we wanted to free camp at Kuitpo National Park, but it was closed. We decided to drive on to Moana instead, a sleepy coastal town in the Adelaide Hills. We learned our lesson well, so pre-booked a camping place for the night. We desperately wanted to visit another winery before heading down for the night, but they also all close at 5pm… Luckily, Dionysus was with us, and we found one that would still receive us. Charming, enchanting, beautiful Magpie Springs is one of those places only serendipity can bring you to. And they have good wine and coffee too!
After another beautiful sunset at Moana Beach (with fish&chips of course), we reached destination Adelaide the next morning.
Read more on the Great Ocean Road? See previous post From Melbourne to Port Campbell here.
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