04.12.2012 - 23.12.2012 34 °C
So, we know we said we were going to be less slack and not take forever before the next post but obviously that didn't happen. It's been almost three weeks since our last one and we have a ton to tell you all about!
First off, the Great Ocean Road! What a time we had! Words can't even describe how beautiful and amazing it was. We decided to take five days to do it justice. We rented a little car.. had a few technical difficulties in the first 100 km but Giselle played mechanic and we got it all sorted out. The first day we spent driving to Apollo Bay and seeing all the sites a long the way. Most notable, were the amazing surf beaches (think really fit boys in wetsuits), including the infamous Bells Beach just outside of Torquay. We stopped in a couple of the little towns to explore the local areas. We hiked to a few lookouts and some water falls and took a bunch of pictures!
At the end of the first day we found ourselves in Apollo Bay where we set up camp for two nights at the Eco YHA. What an amazing hostel! So clean, so modern and just really exceeded expectations. It was super relaxing, there was a wood stove in the common room in which we enjoyed a few bevvies. The second day in Apollo Bay we did about 7 hours of nature hiking in the Otway National Park. You'd think we'd be exhausted but we were so amped up of adrenaline from possible run-ins with poisonous wildlife that we hiked for way longer than we should of. One beautiful site to note is the Cape Otway Lighthouse, which is the oldest still functioning lighthouse in Australia. Another amazing experience was the treetop walk we did through the otway rainforest. It was super high and kind of scary but really sweet. Oh, and on the way to the lighthouse we got to see some wild koalas up close. We were hoping to capture one for Daman but we forgot our blow darts.
We were super exhausted after bushwhacking through Aus but if you know us you know were never too tired for a drink so we spent the second night chillin around the fire with some wine. We met an English couple that night, Emily and Ed, and spent a good four hours having a good laugh with them! Hilarious couple and on their honeymoon, hosteling around Australia which we thought was really right on.
After Apollo Bay we made our way to Port Fairy, which is another few hours drive! The coastline is absolutely amazing and we got to see the iconic Twelve Apostles and get the must-have tourist pictures with them. It was really awesome, but there was so many people that we truly enjoyed our time we spent at the smaller sites better, not to take away from the Twelve Apostles, it was just insane!
We absolutely fell in love with Port Fairy. It reminded us a lot of St. Andrews, with all the heritage buildings and the small town feel. Our hostel was an OLD building, built back in the early 1800's, we were a bit sketched out due to potential spiders(and we felt like we were kids at sleep away camp with our wooden bunks), however we ended up settling in quite nicely. There we met two lovely English ladies, very well traveled and worldly and we talked to them for hours! One thing we did was drive through Tower Hill which is a dormant volcano inhabited by loads of wildlife such as kangaroos, emus, wallabies, rabbits etc. We were in awe! The last day on our little roadie we spent at the beach where a huge regatta was going on, never seen so many men in speedos in our lives! We basically spent our two days there at the beach and just exploring the little town. Hopefully we can stop in again for a visit on our way to Adelaide.
So we got back to Melbourne and we've spent the last two or so weeks in the YHA. We haven't really done a ton of things since we've been back, just job hunted and have gone out a few nights to different bars. LeeAnn is officially employed in Melbourne, working for a river cruise company mainly in the office but she'll get to work on the boats occasionally! It's a pretty sweet deal!
We kind of made a little group of friends there, majority from the UK and one Darwin Legend..lol. We ended up rooming with two Scottish guys, Paul and Chris. We loved them! Paul's kind of a guys guy, really funny and dry but a true gentleman, very protective and kept an eye out for us when the drinks got flowin!! Chris is just lovely, sweet and kind and we thought the world of him, and also hilarious!! Take notes back home boys! We have to send a shout out to our two girls Hayley and Lynsey. Hayley is from England and it honestly feels like we've known her our whole lives, shes really easy to be around and just one of those people that you can relate to! She's super funny, our friends back home would love her, especially since she can freestyle rap with the best of em. Lynsey is quiet and lovely! She's really easy to talk to and also great for a good time! And then there's the Darwin Legend.. aka James! James is not like anyone we've ever met, but he feels like a combination of so many people we love! We feel fortunate to have met all of these awesome people! It's truly the people you meet a long the way that make travelling an authentic experience. Every traveler sees the sites, and does cool things.. but finding friends in people that are from all corners of the world makes the difference.
So now were actually house sitting for four weeks in the burbs! It's a sweet deal, we get away from hostel living and shared everything to having our own space! AND free living for a month! Can't beat it!
Today was insanely hot, and it's the friggen 23rd of December, we feel like we're in the middle of the twilight zone. Not complaining, but just really weird.
Our Christmas plans include spending some time with our Melbourne friends and sitting in kiddie pools and drinking beer. Ya know, normal Christmas day things! We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas back home, especially to our families and close friends! We miss you and love you all! We're glad we have each other to spend the holidays but you guys are all a constant thought!