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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Wilsons Promontory April 21st 2012

Réveil matinal ce samedi matin, à 6h aux cris (ou chant) du kookaburra. On s'habille vite fait et on commence à marcher près du "footbridge", point de départ de beaucoup de rando. Puis on se ravise, on fait vraiment faire une rando au lieu d'une petite marche de réveil mais avec un petit déj' dans le ventre c'est mieux! A 7h30 on est en route, on va faire aujourd'hui une marche magnifique qui a un nom trop mignon : Lilly Pilly Gully!! On la rallonge un peu vu qu'on part du camping, on est bien inspiré en tout cas de partir si tôt car du coup on croise tout au long du chemin 4 swamp wallabies et c'est super calme. On est dans la "warm temperate rainforest" (forêt humide tempérée), il y a des fougères, des ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Wilsons Promontory April 20th 2012

Nous quittons donc les Dandenongs Ranges en début d’après-midi pour se rendre dans la péninsule sud du Victoria, la point la plus au sud de l’Australie, le Wilson Promontory National Park. Petit arrêt sur la route à Korumburra, histoire de se dérouiller le dos et de prendre des infos sur ce parc national. Le « visitor center » comprend un grand village reconstitué de la belle époque de la ville, quand ils exploitaient des mines à charbon. Du coup on se balade, c’est tout à fait du même style que Sovereign Hill, le côté tourisme de masse et payant en moins ! Mais faut être honnête, c’est complètement mort, les boutiques/maisons sont fermées car les volontaires qui tiennent ça sont rentrés chez eux (eh oui il est 16h !) On repart une petite heure plus tard ... read more
Le village fictif s'appelle Coak Creek Village
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Nico continue la collecte!

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Wilsons Promontory February 6th 2012

Sunday 5th February started well – the weather looked good as we packed ready for our return trip towards Melbourne. We were looking to head for Wilsons Promontory for a day or so but we hadn’t booked anywhere so we would be making it up as we went along. If necessary we could get all the way back to Melbourne but we’d have to re-site the caravan before we could use it so we’d probably leave that for tomorrow when we could give ourselves more time. This morning we took the main road back to Sale where we had stopped for a break on Friday. We were due a cuppa so we stopped again next to Lake Guyatt but today it was very windy so we stayed in the car for our tea and cake. Afterwards ... read more
Huge goanna on the road near Foster
Interestingly shaped Exchange Hotel in Foster
The road winds down to the beautiful coastline of the Prom

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Wilsons Promontory December 23rd 2011

The Prom We rent a car in downtown Melbourne (Mellie?) and thank the powers that be that we had days of practice driving on the left in New Zealand. That would have been a harrowing drive out of the city otherwise! We’ve decided to head to “The Prom,” the nickname that locals affectionately use when referring to Wilson’s Promontory National Park. It’s one of Australia’s most beloved parks and is typically packed around Christmas and New Year holiday season. We read in multiple books and brochures not to ever, ever travel around this time of year since Aussies come out en masse to the beaches and the campgrounds, in the it’s-a-holiday-and-summer exuberance with which Americans celebrate 4th of July (no fireworks in the bush though…). But we have no choice and we’ll take our chances. Victoria ... read more
First view of the Prom
Tidal River beach and cove
Amber source of the Tidal River

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Wilsons Promontory July 3rd 2011

Day 1 Wilson's Promontory to Bairnsdale Today the south to north adventure begins! Lovely to be down south, Wilson's Prom is beautiful, but looking forward to some Queensland warmth. It's been COLD getting here! There was frost on our car after our first night on the way to Wilson's Promontory (at Orbost, near the mouth of the Snowy River) which was still there at 10am! After catching up in Yanakie with friends made on our 2009 Desert Tracks trip, we set off in convoy for our first on-the-road morning tea at Foster, then lunch at Port Albert. On to Bairnsdale, where we stopped for the night. While we were stocking up in the supermarket, we received a note under our windscreen wiper: see photos. I think the writer must have seen a few of us ... read more
Fill Up At Yanakie
National Park Entrance
The Group at the Beginning

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Wilsons Promontory July 10th 2010

Over Phil and I's birthday weekend we hired a wagon and went on a road trip to Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island and Wilsons Prom NP. The first day we went to micro-brewery at Mornington Peninsula and sampled a few beers, then had fish'n'chips and went to see 'Grown Ups' at an old fashioned cinema in Sorrento where we free camped in our hire car. The second day we went to Phillip Island to see the wildlife – kaola's at a koala sanctuary, an echidna in the wild (like a porcupine with a big beak/snout thing) and then we went to see lots of small penguins swim in and clamber up the beach to their nests. On the final day we went to Wilsons Prom. Wilsons Prom is a peninsula sticking out into the sea in South ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Wilsons Promontory May 9th 2010

Wilson's Promontory (trying saying promontory when you're bloody hungover) is Australia's most popular national park. It's about a three hour drive from Melbourne so Christen, Niall and I rented a car for the weekend to check it out, do lots of hikes and camp with the animals. Christen hadn't seen a wombat yet so this was her opportunity and boy was the place overrun with the furry sausage rolls. Overrun with 'em! ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Wilsons Promontory March 30th 2010

It really did take us ages to get going today, and we were really sad at the thought of leaving Jenny & Benny after what seems such a short visit. It really has been so lovely seeing them (and Hunter and Harley their dog and cat) - and we really can’t thank them enough for putting up with us and taking such good care of us. But eventually we were off in the van again on our way to Sydney. It seemed to take ages to get away from Melbourne - mainly because, even though we were on a ‘highway’ there are traffic lights every 500m or so, and much to John’s chagrin, they are not co-ordinated to let the traffic keep moving. Hence, every time he gets the van up to speed, he has to ... read more
Penguin Under Walkway
Unusual Costal Feature
The Nobbies

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Wilsons Promontory March 21st 2010

After a week driving around Tasmania, it was time to go back to the mainland. I flew back to Melbourne and spent another two nights with John and family, this time joining them for brunch (including coffee, of course... Melbournians love their coffee!) at a local playground, then a bit of much needed internet time interspersed with trampolening, driving dumper trucks, building Lego towers and watching Wallace & Gromit. My stay was topped off by a fantastic roast dinner, washed down by a lovely bottle of Tassie red. The next day it was time to leave Melbourne, so I said my goodbyes to the people and the place (I was becoming quite fond of the city!) and went to pick up my hire car. But Melbourne wasn't going to let me go quite so easily... the ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Wilsons Promontory February 16th 2009

So I am getting a little behind on my bloggin but these past few weeks here have been very interesting to say the least. A few friends of mine that I met here at the graduate house decided to rent a house and car for the weekend at a very good price and go down to Wilson's Promontory a few weekends ago, which is a national wildlife park where you can camp and hike. The house we rented was about 8 miles away from the park but it was beautiful. It reminded me a bit of conneaut with the smells. The house had 3 bedrooms: 2 with double beds and 1 with a single and a pull out. There were 5 of us that went so it was perfect. It had a grill in the back ... read more
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