Traveling with another person (our friend from home, Manu) was just what we needed.
Imagine having a 24/7 travel companion. Everything you do, they do. You live in a tiny space (your car), you have only each other to talk to much of the time and if you piss each other off, the only person you have to talk to… is yourself. In your head… while sitting next to your partner… in your tiny, car home.
WE LOVE EACH OTHER. Don’t get me wrong! It’s just a challenge to be with ANYONE all of the time. So when we met up with Manu, a new sense of energy came over us and changed the dynamic of the journey quite a bit—in a good way!
The three of us started our journey together in Port Campbell, Victoria. IT WAS COLD. By this time, I felt like I had become an Australian because in comparison to Canada’s winter, this was obviously not “cold” (maybe 10 degrees Celsius?). We cooked breakfast outside on a picnic table (yes) and then headed off to see some of the incredible rock formations of the southwestern tip of Victoria. We only spent the better part of one afternoon in Adelaide and there aren’t many photos to show for it! The city itself seemed really beautiful and we would have liked to have spent more time there.
Below are a bunch of pictures of our journey towards Adelaide!
At the entrance to Thunder Cave huge blocks of limestone rest on the sea floor 15 metres below the surface. Many years ago they formed an arch over the entrance.
The buffeting of the sea and wind, and the dissolving effect of rainwater on limestone, finally narrowed the arch until it could no longer support its own weight and collapsed.
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge
On the night of 31 May 1878 the eighteen passengers aboard the Loch Ard were holding an end-of-voyage party. […] They expected to arrive in Melbourne the next day. It was misty and visibility was poor.
Just after 4 a.m. the haze lifted and the crew saw the tall, pale cliffs of the Victorian coast less than 2 kilometres away. Captain Gibb tried desperately to turn about but there was not enough space to maneuver so large a sailing ship, particularly with the wind and current against her.
The Loch Ard ran with a ‘fearful, shuddering crash’ onto an outlying reef off Mutton Bird Island. There was pandemonium as the thirty-six man crew struggled to launch the lifeboat, the passengers screamed in terror and the ship disintegrated.
The wreck of the Loch Ard caused a sensation. [Passengers] Tom Pearce and Eva Carmichael were the only survivors (of a total 36 crew, 18 passengers).
Mary Ryllis Clark, Parks Victoria
The Twelve Apostles
I had been reading about the rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles for months now, and was really looking forward to seeing them in person. Unfortunately, we had rainy weather when we arrived at the site and, because of its fame, it was crawling with tourists. It was hard to get a good look and you didn’t want to stay long due to the rain and crowds. A cool thing to see nonetheless!
Other rocks and stuff
Meeting our first koala!
Took a detour; met a koala. Not a bad afternoon.
The Petrified Forest
…the name comes from an early theory that advancing sand engulfed an ancient forest of coastal trees, petrifying them for all time.
Although an appealing idea, the truth is equally fascinating. The formation is actually a collection of hollow tubes of limestone called ‘solution pipes’, eroded by millions of years of rainfall.