2nd February 2012
our bones were tired we made a lazier day. First we drove to the
Dandenong National Park. At the car park we saw many cockatoos and
parrots. You may feed them there with prepared feed. Suddenly, shhhh,
and all cockatoos flew away. As I still felt the hiking from
yesterday, we just made a little walk in the park. And again we
observed a echinda. It seamed to take a nap. We drove on towards
Melbourne, more exactly to St. Kilda. It is quite a way from the edge
of the city until you reach the beach. The late afternoon and the
evening we enjoyed with a long walk along the seaside. We closed the
day observing the sunset.
we went by bus to downtown Melbourne. We wondered why there were so few people in the city. Later we learnt that it is Australia Day,
the national holiday. But in exchange the queue at the counter of the
car rental company was a bit longer. With the car we drove towards
Anglesea. It seamed that the Melbournians also wanted to leave the
city and we had sometimes traffic jam. After we reached the coast, we
used to stop on the lookouts. In early afternoon we saw a sign
pointing to the Seoak Falls. A nice little hike lead to it, but there
was not much water, it was just dripping a little.
next little walk was in the rain forests at Maits Rest. It is
unbelievable how big trees can get.
the main attractions of the Great Ocean Road were awaiting us. First
at Gibson Step we went down the cliffs to the beach and enjoyed the
view to the wild cliffs. Not much later welcomed us the 12 Apostels,
which are rocks standing in the sea. OK, there are only 8 left. Unfortunately
the sun was hiding behind the clouds. We continued to the Loch Ard
Gorge. After the beautiful sunset we drove to Port Campell. Konrad
said that I should tell him when I see a Kangaroo. We just started as
one was standing on the road. Now it is sure: we are in Australia!
24th and 25th
started punctually in direction Hong Kong. As the plane was not very
full, we had 3 seats to accommodate us. After a short break in Hong
Kong, where we could move us again a bit, our next destination was
Melbourne. In the late evening we were welcomed by agreeable temperature
and felt to bed very tired.