To start with, we are writing this blog in English from now on. We met some nice Australian people during our travels and as you might be aware, their Dutch is non existing.
Robe, Coorong NP and Victor Harbor
As you can read in our last blog post, we we’re pretty much chased out of Victoria by the bad weather and we said with a lot of confidence that everything would become better now (weather wise). And this happened indeed. When we drove to the north, we passed a very big Lobster on the way out (it is, as you might guess, called the Giant Lobster and is part of a tradition in Australia. If you want to know more about those “big things”, please have a look at this site). How big? Have a look, it’s even anatomy correct (at least that’s what the Ozzies say):
If you ever want to find this Lobster yourself, it’s somewhere on the road from Kingston SE to Coorong NP. As you can see on the picture above, the weather was still not quite nice, so we decided to keep going up. Not too far though, because the Lonely Planet did point out to us that it would be nice to have a little trip through the Coorong NP. This NP isn’t called wetlands for nothing, as we discovered. We turned onto Seven Miles Road (sssshht, don’t tell our car rental company, but it’s only 1 miles paved, the rest is dirt road) to see lot’s and lot’s of water and…. Pelicans! Heaps of them and they are all there because of the water. Slight detail, that water was gone not so long ago, but the flooding of the Murray River has brought the water back now a days.
After driving down Seven Miles Road and finding the way back to Victor Harbor, we eventually arrived at Victor Harbor around mid day. Of course we went straight for a bush camp – which we couldn’t find -, so after driving around for approximately 2 hours we turned back. When we passed the sign to Waitpinga Beach, we thought to quickly have a look there. Ronald thought that this beach was quite impressive (he visited it when he was there 6 years ago) and when we were half way we saw the signs: Campground! After setting up our tent and pumping up the airbed we went into Victor Harbor itself.
The next day we visited Granite Island, which has a lot of wild life to offer. But, to prove that we really visited it, first a picture:
So we wandered around the Island, didn’t make a lot of photo’s except for this crazy bird below and the two lizards who really didn’t want to let us pass. About the bird, if someone know the name, please tell it to us because we still don’t know it 😉
Stubborn Lizards a.k.a. Shinglebacks
After the much-needed refreshments we decided it was time to leave Victor Harbor and Granite Island and to visit Jikke, Bas, Martijn and Emma.
We arrived in Seaford at Jikke, Bas, Martijn and Emma’s house around mid day. They were so kind to let us put some of our (very) dirty clothes into their washing machine, had a quick-lunch with us and there we go, off to the beach. Why are we telling this? Well, Jikke was so kind to make some lovely pictures of us and we think we need to show them to you:
We stayed with them for two days in which we visited the lovely area of McLaren Vale (very good wines and nice port!) and had a lot of fun with the kids, playing football (soccer) and other ballgames. However, after two days we thought it was time to leave them so they could get back to their normal live 😉
Saying the kids good-bye at 7:30 in the morning.
After we left Seaford, we drove to Adelaide CBD to have a look around, but first we went to a campsite approximately 5 km’s from the CBD. At least that what the signs said. Sporty types that we are, we choose to walk next to the River Torens to the city. 5K’s couldn’t be so hard, even with it being 29 degrees, could it? Yes it was hard. We forgot about almost every normal safe guard we normally take. No water, no food and soon we felt hungry. We were so happy when we finally saw the University of Adelaide (which is close to Rundle Mall) and we had a quick-lunch at Buskers. After the lunch we went for some extra stuff we thought we needed for our tent and took the bus back.
When we came back to our camp site, we were spotted by Jessica and Luke, who had a spot near us on the camp site. This wonderful and friendly couple (we didn’t knew that than of course, didn’t we Jes and Luke, but now we know ;)) invited us for a game of Rummikub. We really had a good night with them playing the game and having a lot to talk about, mainly about Australia (Jes and Luke) and Europe (Hilde and Ronald).
Barossa Valley, Haigh’s Chocolates Factory
Details and dates are getting a bit lost here, but some of the other great things we did in Adelaide were visiting the Barossa Valley (which is famous for its wines, but look at the picture’s below!) and tasting chocolates in the wonderful Haigh’s Chocolates Factory (with tour).
We also took a hike from the top of Mt Lofty down hill to Waterfall Gully and back, which is pretty hard (7.8 km return) and has stunning views.
Last few days – final words
When we are writing this down, it looks like we didn’t do much these last weeks in Adelaide and surroundings. This is not true though, at least that’s not what we think. We did do a lot of investigation in where we want to life when we go to Adelaide, which suburb feels good and which doesn’t and why. But this is not really stuff you put into a blog post and tell the world about so we are not writing it down here.
What we do want to highlight though is the wonderful people we met. From Mien and Jack who were there for us in Melbourne, some of the people we don’t even know the names who pointed us into the right direction, Jikke, Bas and kids who not only went for lunch with us, but also fed us with two bbq’s and made sure we have a good memory to come back to, Luke and Jessica who didn’t only play a game of Rummikub with us, but also made breakfast for us on the day they left, Kat and Gunter who made a wonderful meal in their holiday rental (yes, you both will find a job sooner than expected!) and so many other people that we are forgetting here. These people made the trip a trip in Australia as we used to do it in the past and even better as we know we will return to most of you.
For us, it’s back to normal work and uni again – at least for now……