29th January, 2012
on the veranda of our hostel and enjoy the cool breeze from the sea.
But one after the other.
yesterday went to bed quite early, we today stood up also a bit
earlier. After we got all our stuff packed, we went again hiking. We
drove until the car park of the Mackenzie Falls. A bit before and at
the car park we saw again cangaroos. But those were smaller as the
other ones we saw before. First we walked to the nearby Broken Fall,
then to the Mackenzie Fall. To our surprise it had a lot of water, at
least for local circumstances. It is very beautiful. First we went
many steps to the base of the fall, after we went up again to another
lookout at the top. From there we could see the complete waterfall
and it was very nice. Konrad wanted to do another mountain hike, but
we were not allowed to drive on gravel road with the rented car. As a
replacement we visited another fall. So we hiked to the Beehive Fall.
On the way we saw a wild beehive, parrots and also a cockatoo.
continued by car and stopped in Ararat. We just arrived as at least
200 motorcycles passed in a kind of parade. After lunch we went on
towards the sea. We passed Geelong and came then to Queenscliff.
There we were looking for the Youth Hostel. In the tourist
information they said it is the house just beside. From the outside
it looks like an old hotel. After booking a room we went to the beach
and explored a bit the town. The evening ended with a nice dinner. As
we did not know from which animal an eye fillet is taken, the
friendly waiter explained that it is something like a steak. Then it
must be beef. The fillet was made with mushrooms in the center and
wrapped in bacon. As it was Sunday we granted us the culinary
early morning we started with litres of water, food and my walking
sticks. We drove to the Wonderland Carpark. There we started the hike
to the Pinnacles. There were many lizards taking a sunbath. Our way
led through a small gorge with the name Grand Canyon, then passed the
Bridal Veil Fall. Only we saw neither a bridal veil nor a waterfall.
Higher up we passed the Silent Street, where you only should hear
your own steps. I agree with the travel guide: you hear only yourself
and no animal sounds. At the top we had a beautiful view over Halls
Gap, the surrounding mountain range and into the plain. There were
many other people on that track. But the shoes of some of them were shocking: flip-flops are definitively not the right choice
for a rocky hike.
going back we chose another route, but somehow with Konrad as guide
we short-cut it through a gap in the rocks to the original track.
Back at the carpark we took another track to a waterfall. I think
except of us nobody was interested in that fall, because we were alone
on that track. Finally we found a nice fall, but unfortunately with
very little water. But no wonder, it is summer and then water is rare
in Australia. Sometimes we also heard and saw parrots on that track.
stop was Boroka Lookout. Here you see over Halls Gap and its
surrounding from another side. As it now was about noon, we continued
to the Reed Lookout. From here you see to the west into the Victoria
Vally. The temperature was nice 32° C and we still had some energy
left, so we walked to the Balconies. This is the most famous motif
for taking pictures in the Grampians National Park. It is forbidden
to stand on these rock noses as they could break, but there are always some who cannot
resist, just to get the ultimate picture. We could resist, but had to
wait until I could make a picture which was free of people. With
tired legs we made a stroll through Halls Gap to finish the afternoon.
The town is very long, but the main part is very small. It is similar
to Davos, but much smaller. Also here they are living mainly from
preparing breakfast we realized that the lactose free milk of Petra
in reality is cream. After the breakfast we continued the Great Ocean
Road. We visited the natural rock bridges Arch, London Bridge and
Grotto. We made a few photo stops until Warrnambool and enjoyed the
last views to the coast.
Warrnambool we bought SIM cards for the mobile phone and Internet.
Then we crossed the country towards the Grampians National Park. It
was interesting how dry the country is and there is still livestock.
We knew that the National Park is not far as suddenly two forest
covered peaks appeared. Inside the park we had first to drive about
50 km straight, sometimes up and sometimes down. Then we made an stop
for the Silverband Falls. We had to walk for a kilometer to the fall.
A flood two years ago left remarkable marks, there was much wood
lying around the river bed. Suddenly I saw a kangaroo drinking water.
It was not shy and I could take my first kangaroo picture. During my
last stay in Australia I never saw one so close. The fall itself was
very nice and the walk was worth it. On the way back the kangaroo was
still near the river.
drove to Halls Gap, where we stayed over night. From our window we
could observe parrots.
closed the evening with a small walk. A hint from the hostel staff
led us to a nearby sports ground were many kangaroos were grazing.
They did not show fear from humans and we could take pictures from