Day 65 Robe to Mount Gambier
22.11.2012 - 22.11.2012 20 °C
It's starting to dawn on us that we only have one week left and Christmas around the corner. How strange and exciting. We have all become very accustomed to travelling and being in a new place every time we wake up. We love it. But we are looking forward to seeing everyone.
Robe is a beautiful little spot. A drive around Lake Butler which is the little harbour here takes us over to Factory Bay on the other side of the peninsular where the Southern Ocean crashes against the coast and around Doorway Rock, a natural arch just off the coast. We drive out to to the Obelisk on Cape Dombey. The whole cape is covered in yellow flowers.
Looking back from the Obelisk we can see Doorway Rock
Following a long day yesterday we decide not to take the walk around the cape but to press on. We aim to get to Mt Gambier today which is just 120kms away and our last town in South Australia before we cross the boarder into Victoria.
Heading South we skirt around Lake Eliza, Lake St Clair and Lake George before reaching Beachport, which has been recommended to us by a few people. It's a tiny place but Rivoli Bay is just stunning. It's sheltered from the Southern Ocean and is turquoise in the sunlight. The second longest jetty in Australia sticks out into the bay.
A short drive along the Bowman scenic drive takes us around Point Glen and back to the Southern Ocean coast. It's a 'wow' moment for both Nat and I (I'm not sure about the kids). Looking West along the coast we see Snapper Point, Salmon Hole, Post Office Rock and Cowrie Island.
Not far along the drive is the Pool of Siloam, which is a small salt water lake just a few hundred metres from the ocean. It has salt levels 7 times that of the sea and makes it easy to float. Nat, Dot and I take a dip....Finn is asleep.
The drive from Beachport, through Millicent and on to Mount Gambier takes us through huge areas of forestry. Row after row of pines, with different sections at different stages, but it is vast. We are warned about wombats.....but obviously don't see any (well one dead one by the side of the road)
At the visitor centre in Mount Gambier it's seems we must know look like we know what we are doing (although running out of diesel isn't that cool). At one point there are two people queued up to speak to us. Odd. The strangest was an Iranian girl and her boyfriend who needed help with their Garmin satnav, which Nat managed to sort for them. They were driving the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne as well, but they were doing it tonight in one go, rather than take the 3 days we'll be taking. Not sure how spectacular the Great Ocean Road is in the dark.....odd choice.
We camp early at the Blue Lake campground, taking a quick glimpse of it before we settle down for the night.
The Blue Lake is formed in the crater of an old volcano and is 204 metres deep at its deepest point. It's blue in summer and grey in winter and they are not really sure why.
The wifi at the campground is broken, we are having no luck with updates at the minute.