Kangaroo CourseA WANDER DOWN UNDER, CHAPTER 13: IN WHICH WE VIEW THE ROO
Day 14: Apollo Bay to Melbourne. We decided to backtrack a bit this morning and headed west to check out the Cape Otway lighthouse before returning to Melbourne. We still had not seen any kangaroos in the wild and had heard there might be some on the road leading to the lighthouse on the coast. A sign at the beginning of the road warned about animals on the road, though, thanks to some embellishments by a rogue signmaker, most of these seemed to be imaginary.
|We knew Australia had some unusual animals, but...|
The road took us through another eucalypt forest, and we spotted five koalas hanging out in the trees overhead, but still no kangaroos. Light rain had been falling since we left the hotel, and as soon as we exited the car at Cape Otway, the skies opened up a steady downpour. With a A$19.50 admission each and a quarter mile to hike in the rainstorm to reach the lighthouse, we decided to pass. We did ask the attendant about kangaroos, and she informed us that 'roos are sleeping during the day but we might see some wallabies.
Back in Apollo Bay, we saw another postal carrier out delivering mail. Mailboxes seem to be well away from the street in Australia, especially in urban areas, so posties, as they're called here, ride motorbikes to enable them to reach the boxes, a wet way to travel on a day like today.
|Postie making deliveries in Melbourne (photo from Wikipedia)|
|Rain forest near Barramunga|
|Golf pros at rest|
Tonight we've parked ourselves at an airport hotel in anticipation of our flight to Queenstown tomorrow morning. Goodbye, Australia. Hello, New Zealand.
Ideas worth Importing:
|Electrical outlets with power switches.|
|Real estate signs with preview photos of the interior.|
- Started in Apollo Bay, ended in Melbourne
- Mileage - 211 (Trip total: 11,758)
- Weather - 48° to 57°, rain
- Koalas in the wild - 5
- Cows in the wild - 2
- Kangaroos in the wild - 43
TUESDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER, 2014
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|Our cute little apartment in Apollo Bay. The landscaping was beautiful.|
|Our third daffodil season this year—in Georgia, in Newfoundland, and in Australia.|
|Rainy Apollo Bay|