Up early this morning to join Lou at the gym. The YMCA run a lot of gyms/leisure centres in Victoria and Lou's was just around the corner. It was about £10 for a one-off session - a bit steep but it got me out of bed and moving about. Luckily I'd taken my gym stuff and my Ipod! I commandeered a bike, turned on my interval track and gave it some welly - while Lou did her normal morning routine of machinery. Back from the gym we got stuck into getting packed for Halls Gap and by 11 o'clock we were on the road.
Lou & Andy have been visiting Hall's Gap in the The Grampians for a very long time and we were very excited that they wanted to share they're holiday destination with us. Hall's Gap is about 3 hours drive from Melbourne still in the state of Victoria.
There are lots of places to stay in the area but Lou & Andy love it at the Hall's Gap Caravan Park and it's quite easy to see why
|Our "home" for the next week|
We also found a kookaburra (sorry photo quality isn't great)
Up early the next morning after a very uncomfortable night in the heat - luckily we had 3 fans to cool us down in the living room where we slept. It had rained overnight and the smell of the eucalyptus was a little overpowering, but great for freeing bunged up sinuses. It was lovely to have a cool swim before the rest of the campsite invaded. After breakfast Shaun headed out on the bike for an hour. When he got back he was very excited to report he'd seen a snake on the side of the road and an Echidna. Lou then suggested that while Andy was out on his ride we walk to a local beauty spot known as "Venus Baths"
|Beautiful scenery made it hard to keep up with the others|
|Lou & I in normal putting the world to rights mode|
Seppelts (Chalambar Shiraz comes highly recommended), and then Best's Wines Great Western (2013 Dolcetto was my favourite) to taste and buy some wine, and Lou bought us some lovely glasses as a momento. Back to the pool at the campsite to cool off then a delicious BBQ feast of Roo Burgers and prawns for dinner. We also managed to hook up to the internet and Skype with Danni back at home, it was lovely to be able to show her the wild animals and beautiful scenery.
Another hot and sticky night on mattresses on the living room floor with ALL the fans going. We didn't quite make the early morning swim but Shaun did push me to get out on the bike with him - glad I did. Our circular route was via the Sundial car park
|Well earned water stop & get ready for the descent|
|Venus Baths from the top|
After lunch Andy took us and the girls to Mackenzie Falls, we weren't expecting much as it was the height of summer & Venus Baths was low ....... how wrong we were. The long walk down and back up was well worth it!
and another BBQ dinner - Roo Bangers! After dinner we got packed ready for me, Shaun and Andy to travel to Victor Harbor, South Australia - the next part of our adventure and the UCI Tour Down Under!
Good news - the bush fire threat went from extreme to danger.