Alright. I dropped the ball on this one. It happened a while ago now, and I just never got to updating my blog. So, I won’t go in to crazy detail about my trip. I will tell you the route, however, and how long it took us.
So we started by picking up this Brazilian guy who wanted to come with us to split all the costs of the road trip, Antonio. We got a bit of a late start, but we drove from Perth to Esperance in one day and settled with our pervious host for a few nights, Neville. Good guy Neville will always have a place in the bogan sections of our hearts.
After being in the most beautiful part of Australia again, we then moved on to the Baxter rest area to set up our tents and camp. We spent the night stargazing during the clear night. Since there was no light pollution, the Milky Way was super clear and we saw some spectacular shooting stars.
We camped again the next night after driving maybe 5 hours. We stopped at some rest stop along the infamous Nularbour, where there is absolutely nothing. Several rest stops are made for sleepy campers and they’re all free. You get to camp along the beautiful edges of Australia and listen to the crashing ocean on the cliffs. As we were looking over the ocean we were lucky to see a pod of dolphins swimming by.
The next day we crossed the border into South Australia, where we got a couple food items taken, while others we were lucky enough to keep. You’re not supposed to bring across certain fruits and veg for sanitation reasons. We stopped in Streaky Bay to stay with a couchsurfing host, who took us in his truck to go see the sunset on the beach.
Next up was Louth Bay. Along the way we got to see Haystrack rocks, which were ok, and more beautiful cliffs with epic views in Elliston. We drove through Port Lincoln national park a bit, where we thought we might try to camp, but instead decided to go to some cheaper campgrounds in Louth Bay.
We were finally making our way into the city life again- Adelaide. But before that we hit up Tumby Bay (for the rich retired Aussies), Port Arno (for the poor retired Aussies), and Cowell. Tumby bay was nice, probably the only place worth stopping. We knew we were getting close to Adelaide from the insane traffic we hit an hour beforehand. We almost ran out of gas, but we luckily made it alright. We stayed with Kate’s mom (Kate who I went road tripping with a few years back through the USA and Canada) and finally got to meet her cat, Trevor, who she had talked about here and there. Kate was in the UK at the moment unfortunately.
After spending a few nights there, we were off again. We ended up in Robe, a wine region, and stayed with a couch surfer who worked and lived in a vineyard. Really cool place to stay, it was like a little cabin and was surrounded by sheep, grapes, and rolling hills. We had dinner with our host and a few of his friends/coworkers who lived in another house on the land. I saw one of the biggest Huntsman spiders yet in that place.
In the morning we left off to do a bit of hiking in the Grampians. It was a nice enough day and we got to see some of the first mountains we had seen in Australia (although we did drive through some from Adelaide on). It was nice to get a bit of exercise and views from up above. We got camp in a free, but very legit, campsite that had some “fancy” rainwater showers and good toilets. The next morning we had a beautiful sunrise.
We then started the Great Ocean Drive. For the first time in Australia, we found hoards of tourists. There were constantly signs about side of the road to drive on and signs in the toilets on how to use them properly (Do Not Squat). It was hard to get through the people sometimes, but we managed to see what we wanted to see. We camped in a random spot of the side of this random country road to escape the tourists and high camping prices.
We finished up the Great Ocean Road the next morning and drove to Geelong, not too far from Melbourne. We had a host there who wasn’t actually there, but was nice enough to tell us how to get into his place and make it our home for the night. We spent the day relaxing from the long trip, drying out from the rainy night before, and enjoying the sun.
Finally we made it to Melbourne. We explored a bit of the beaches, checked out the cute, colourful beach cabins, and watched the hipsters and skaters do what they do best (drink coffee and shred the rails in the skate parks). We dropped off Antonio to his couch surfing host and went to visit Harry’s friend, Sherwin, who we stayed with for a few nights.
So that’s the long story short. It was an epic adventure. The Nularbor isn’t as scary as people say it is. The Great Ocean Drive has too many people. The cliffs of Australia are worth checking out and camping next to.