29.04.2013 - 03.05.2013 15 °C
We've been on the road since Monday and its been fecking fantastic! Magnus picked us up in Melbourne around lunch time and we set out for possibly the most exciting/least planned roadtrip of our lives! A little about him, he's from Germany and has been in Australia for a couple years. He's been working on farms and living the Australian dream! We found him on gumtree, which is an Australian version of Kijiji, under rideshares. It's quite common for travellers to do that down here, post ads and travel together, and now that we know he's not a serial killer we feel its okay to tell you all about it without you worrying. His ad had everything we were looking for and he seemed to want to do the same kind of trip we wanted to do, so we sent him an email and now here we are, on a crazy 3500 km plus roadtrip with him across Australia. We've actually hit it off famously with him, he likes how ridiculous we are, or he's humouring us, but either way he likes to laugh! We've been teaching him some good English words, but only the dirty ones So since Monday, we've only made it as far as Wellington, South Australia! We're about an hour from Adelaide, which is about 8 hours total from Melbourne.
The first couple nights we spent in the Grampians National Park which is in Victoria. First night was at the YHA hostel in Halls Gap, and the second night we camped! It was coldddddd - probably 5 degrees! Right now, its fall time in Australia so you can imagine what it's like camping in fall at home, kinda the same! We never thought we would need sleeping bags for below freezing weather in Australia but luckily we thought ahead! In the Grampians, we did a couple intense hikes, one to the Pinnacle which was a solid 2.5km incline over rocky terrain and the other to Mount Rosea. From the car park to the top of Mount Rosea is an elevation of almost 500 metres so the hike there was intense! It was almost 5 km of commandeering the side of a mountain basically! The scenery was amazing. We almost gave up and turned around a couple times, but we managed to encourage ourselves to keep going! At the top, it started HAILING and it was cold and windy! It was how you would expect a top of a mountain to be really! It took a while to get the feeling back in our toes from that one! Overall a great time though!
After the Grampians we stayed at this random campsite right before the South Australia border. It did the trick, not to much to really say about it , except it was another FREEZING night and it was free!
Last night we stayed in this place called the Black Cockatoo Bush Camp just north of Naracoorte, South Australia! It was literally in the middle of nowhere right between two sheep farms. It was our favourite place so far! And we got to have showers for the first time in a few days, which was amazing! Nothing like no showering plus tons of sweaty hiking to make us feel beautiful. The cleanliness was welcomed for sure! And bonus, not such a freezing night! Today we went to the Naracoorte Caves which is a World Heritage Site. There are fossils such as giant kangaroos and wombats preserved here from over 500 000 years ago. There are 28 World Heritage Sites in Australia, and it would be really cool to be able to see them all!
Hilarious sidenote, we taught Magnus how to Tebow! And he LOVES it! So each night we do a picture of us all, tebowing next to our campfire, it's kind of became the theme of this trip! We're hoping to get a few sweet Tebow pics in cool places. Look at us, spreading the American Football love!
Also, no poisonous or killer wildlife sightings yet! BONUS!
Tonight were at this park in Wellington! Just had a great meal and listening to some sweet tunes with a little boxed wine! YUM! We're not 100% sure what tomorrow will bring, hopefully do a little exploring around Adelaide and then on to our next camping spot! We're hoping to do an overnight hike in the Flinders Ranges. At this rate we won't get to the west coast before June, but who cares really We're loving every second!
Giselle & LeeAnn