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Published: June 13th 2017
Geo: -37.8143, 144.963
Only too pleased to be checking out of this lamentable hotel we started off on our journey to Warrnambool Having set up the TomTom sat nav which we paid extra for the first thing it reported was that the maps were more than a year out of date! After only 30 minutes or so on the freeway we came to the conclusion this vehicle was a bag of s**t, it's got very little power and more surprisingly NO cruise control which with the Aussie police's aggressive attitude towards speeding with an allowance of only 2km over the speed limit it makes for interesting journeys ahead.
We checked into our motel dropped all our luggage off and set off for Logans Beach famed for its whale sightings, it was still very windy with some fantastic waves crashing in and plenty of windsurfers but alas no whales. There was a guy there who's presumably well known as there was a board telling you about him and the fact he's been coming there for 20 odd years and reporting on the whale sightings, I asked him if any had been spotted recently "nope" came back the answer, “what about further along
the coast” I asked “nope” came the response, oh well he's obviously as disappointed as we were then
The kids went down the stairs to the water's edge for a short paddle but a lot of the surfers had taken their dogs down with them and left them on the beach so the kids were drawn to them and by the time they left the dogs just followed them as if they were going home.
Just before dusk we visited Tower Hill Nature Reserve which was Victoria's first National Park opened 1892, The park is a 30,000-year-old extinct volcano, making it a fascinating and breath taking place to do some nature spotting. it's the ideal place to get up close and personal with some of Australia's most iconic native birds and animals including emus, kangaroos, wallabies, and of course, koalas. We walked around the rim and within minutes we were treated to the sight of a wallaby only 10m away complete with a Joey in her pouch, soon afterwards it bounded off up the side of the track to where the road was just on the other side, Shell was concerned that passing motorists might not see it so shot
off to warn approaching traffic but by the time she got there it was nowhere to be seen.
With sun steadily setting we returned to the car and drove down into the crater, there were Kangaroos everywhere some with joeys in their pouch as well as older ones alongside, we got out of the car and quietly wandered off the road to see them, all of a sudden I noticed Jake in the half-light standing still pointing at me it turned out it wasn't me he was pointing to it was a succession of Kangaroos bounding across the road not 6m behind me and I never heard a thing.
After a while we made our way back to the car to watch the rays of the sun setting and I realised I'd been bitten on the forehead, by the time we finally got back to the motel the bite was swelling up and was incredibly hot not like any other mosquito bite I've had before.
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