17.03.2007 - 23.03.2007 28 °C
One final surfing session and a last beer on Kuta beach and we left Bali to get to our final destination – Australia.
After only 5 hours we landed in Melbourne. The first thing we noticed when we got off the plane, was the nice fresh, non humid morning air.
The free shuttle bus to our backpacker hostel was already waiting for us and took us straight to our small and carpeted 4 bed dorm at the hostel. After getting used to comfortable bungalows in Southeast Asia, this was some kind of change for us. Anyways, our room-mates were friendly and we knew we wouldn’t live the Aussi backpackers’ lifestyle for a long time.
After two days exploring the city, it was time for us to do more serious things and prepare everything for a longer stay. New mobile phone cards, bank accounts… and of course we needed a car as soon as possible. Fortunately, we met a French couple who wanted to sell their car at our hostel. Two days, a service check, some additional repairs and some discussions with the car mechanic later, we became proud owners of a 20 year old Mitsubishi station wagon equipped with full camping gear and ready to head West to the Great Ocean Road.
First, we stopped in Torquay, said to be Victoria’s main surfing town, which seemed a bit lonesome during the week. A few km’s further West at Bell’s Beach, there was more action going on – unfortunately Julia's wetsuit was on its way to Sydney by mail and the wind was too cold to go surfing just in a bikini.
So we drove further along the costal road that offered lots of scenic views (which were announced by signs about every 500m). After hours of driving, we finally reached the 12 Apostles, amazing natural rock sculptures, sticking out of the ocean. The panorama and the atmosphere just before sunset were definitely worth the drive.
Frank was even happier seeing his first snake crossing his path (it might look bigger as it is, it was only about 20cm in length). After a picnic dinner, we spent the night in our car on the parking place right in front of the cliffs. The location was just perfect with thousands of stars and the Milky Way above us.
Still it was kind of difficult to sleep well as our matress deflated after a few hours and we heard strange noises close to our car for the entire night. The next morning, we were ble to find out, that the noises were only created by the wind. After driving another 50 km along the coast, we visited the "London Bridge" (another rock formation) before heading back to Melbourne on the inland route.