Birthday, marcus, ferry
26.11.2012 - 26.11.2012 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The FREE wifi at the campsite doesn't work. No surprises there.