Monday, July 5, 2010

I love Australia!

I have not been able to sit down and write for such a long time. I have been moving house and I have also been on another fantastic road trip. Although, this was a 'planes, trains and automobiles' trip!
I flew to Darwin to meet my son, who had been mustering cattle in the Northern Territory for the last few months (on a property the size of Texas!) and was coming home.
Darwin was a beautiful surprise! I don't know what I expected but the scenery and some of the original architecture (that wasn't lost to either bombing or cyclone Tracey) was magnificent.
Then we caught The Ghan (train) to Adelaide (52hours!). It was spectacular! Watching the scenery changing along the way; being part of the journey is so much better than flying and just arriving.
Adelaide is, I think, the most beautiful city in Australia. I wish I had realised how beautiful, years ago. It was 'picture perfect'. We stayed at Glenelg, just out of the city, on the coastline. Our room was on the 12th floor and had city views and when you walked out into the hallway, you had a huge picture window overlooking the water.
Then we hired a car and drove through the Adelaide Hills to the Great Ocean Road; something I have wanted to do for many years!
It was breathtaking! I have never seen such spectacular beauty. I cried when I saw the 12 Apostles. It was awesome. If you have never seen it, I suggest you put it on your 'must do' list. You will not be disappointed. Especially, if you see the first half around sunset, then stay overnight, and see the rest at sunrise, as we did.
We stayed overnight at a little place called Port Campbell Holiday Park. It was lovely and I would recommend it to anyone. Oh, and don't forget to visit Port Fairy on the way, it is well worth it; a beautiful, peaceful fishing village. Also,Mt. Gambier has a sink hole and a blue lake that is well worth seeing.
Then we headed towards Melbourne, through some very picturesque scenery, and some incredible little towns, then headed back up to Sydney.
14,000 kms in 8 days!!!
Wherever you live, you should always make time for road trips, even if it is just for the weekend. Discover where you live :-)


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