… we are online again

… we managed to leave Phillip Island

… we are driving along the Great Ocean Road

… we have seen many koalas (outside of any sanctuary, after 6.500 km!)

After spending a couple more days on Phillp island, we managed to move on towards the fabulous Great Ocean Road last Thursday, so exactly a week ago.

Thanks to Kathy for your advice to visit Mornington Peninsula. We spent a really nice afternoon there before we went on the ferry to Queenscliff. Such a nice journey!

Unfortunately, the next day, last Friday, was pretty cloudy and rainy when we passed by Torquay, Anglesea and Airey Inlet. So we just had a quick look at the great surf beaches before we moved on to Lorne. Driving up the hill to Teddy Outlook, the sun showed up and we got a fantastic view. Should you ever come here, make sure to go up the hill!

In the evening, we stopped at a caravan park which reminded us a lot of the Saechsische Schweiz in Germany. Surrounded by high mountains, next to a river and a beach, this was one of the most idyllic places I have seen so far. And the phone constantly said ’No service’ – what a luxury! Just sitting in front of our camper watching the birds, listening to the sound of the river. Great!

Unfortunately, staying at this park was so damn expensive that we had to move on the next morning. We stopped for lunch in Apollo Bay (quite touristy) and visited the famous lighthouse in Cape Otway. Such a great location and many, many koalas around.

In the evening, again, we stopped at a cute caravan park in Princetown where we spent the last weekend before  we moved on to the Gibson Steps, 12 Apostles, London Bridge and Loch Ard on Monday. It’s really worth stopping at each carpark and walk for a little while.

Since we got up so early this morning, we managed to be in Port Campbell at lunch time already. I loved this tiny town. There is not much, but it is a really cosy place. Because of that the motels are very expensive. So we moved on to Warrnambool, a bigger town which is not really pretty. Spending one night in a carpark next to the beach was totally enough so that on Tuesday, we finally moved on to pretty Port Fairy where we will stay now for the next three days.

After already 9 weeks of traveling, we got pretty tired of our tiny camper van so that we decided to cancel our reservation in Tasmania. We switched it to a rental car and three nice apartments. At night time, it got pretty chilly in the van so that we were freezing a lot. For switching on the heating, we always needed a powered site which was not possible at every caravan park. When we could switch it on it was so loud that sleeping was almost impossible. So no more Maui camper!

Yesterday morning at breakfast time, we met a family from Munich who rent the same camper van. They had traveled for 6 weeks with it and told us that they are more than happy as well when they can return it in a couple of days. Just like us :).

We hope you had a great week and will have a nice weekend.

We will move on towards Nelson tomorrow before visiting South Australia next week.

Have a good one <3

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