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Day 69 Angelsea to Melbourne

Birthday, marcus, ferry

semi-overcast 22 °C

It's the 26th November (I think) and therefore my birthday. My umpteenth birthday. Odd with no cards or presents, but a round of 'Happy Birthday', texts and Facebook comments make up for it. Thanks everyone. We have a bit of a shindig planned on our return.

In our hurry to get camped last night we skipped past Airey Inlet so we recover our steps for 10kms back to the lighthouse walk there and some time on the beach.

We make an initial attempt to get Boris up the dirt track right to the lighthouse, but it becomes too steep and bumpy. We park up and make our way on foot up through the bush trail. The view of Loutit Bay from the top of the walk makes it worth it.

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This whole stretch of coast is known as the shipwreck coast and lots of sailors have fallen foul of its dangers. Airey Inlet lighthouse, is our third lighthouse and a very well kept one at that. It's still operational.

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Yet another deserted beach at Loutit Bay allows us to have some fun in the sand. We are sad to leave. This will be our last beach time. It feels strange.

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Heading up the coast, back through Angelsea, on to Torquay (are we home already??) and then to Queenscliff. We are taking Marcus' advice to get to Melbourne via the Queenscliff - Sorrento ferry across the mouth of Port Phillip Bay.

Queenscliff is a nice place and we enjoy my birthday lunch on the quayside, before taking the ferry that runs hourly over to Sorrento.

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Once in Sorrento and on the Mornington Peninsular I'm surprised by its beauty. I expected it to be flatter, but we head through Dromana and then sticking to the bay shoreline head along some spectacular coast. We pass the beach huts at Mount Martha.

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There are some amazing houses along the coast. West facing, all Grand Designs type places, lots of glass and massive balconies overlooking the bay. Really rather nice. Looks like a fab place to live.

Past Mornington we put our foot down to our Dangenong campsite. Marcus, who I haven't seen for 19 years, picks us up and we head to his place for our first take away in 10 weeks with his wife Rose, and kids, Ethan and Madeleine

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The FREE wifi at the campsite doesn't work. No surprises there.

Posted by cpbrooks 04:40 Archived in Australia

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Spectacular beach. Lovely pic of Finn and so Dottie is so funny in the last pic doing her little Mexican wave move - bless! Can't wait to see you all xxx

by Adam Brooks

So lovely to see that you managed to get a glimpse of the Mornington Peninsular and drove along the coast road. It is a stunning part of Melbourne & grateful I live in such a great spot. I am just so sorry I didn't get a chance to see you & catch up whilst you were almost on the doorstep. Typical away when the UK visits :(.

Have a safe and enjoyable trip home, I hope the Standby flights are kind to you & it will be a quick trip back (well as quick as it can be for 22 hrs flying!) If you find the SIN flights too heavy, you might want to think about QF via HKG or NRT and then hop on BA (Sorry the staff travel thing never leaves me! :) )

Thank you for a wonderful 70 days of blogging, fantastic photos and travel experiences from around the world.

Wishing you the very best
Debs x

by Debbie

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