The Great Road Trip
Three days in Sydney flew by! We did all the touristy things like the Opera House and Botanical Gardens. We also met my Mums cousin for lunch at the top of the Westfield Tower. She hadn't seen him for around 35 years! It was one of those restaurants that spins around slowly and you get a 360 degree view of Sydney. It was amazing and the food was delish. All you can eat buffet! Can't really go wrong with an all you can eat! One night we actually saw a show at the Opera House. I can't remember what it was called but it was very entertaining if not quite weird. It was basically a circus show with eveyone doing different acts. For example one lady dressed up as the queen and did a comical speech, a couple did a trapeze act and another lady stripped completely naked whilst doing the disappearing tissue into the fake thumb act haha! I think that was all our excitememt for Sydney. On our last day we picked up our campervan and headed South!
Now I dont think I will remember the names of any of the places we visited as they were fairly off the beaten track and I'm sure they had strange names. We hadn't booked any camp sites and were going 'strolling traveller' style. If we like it we stay if not we try and find somewhere else and the lonely planet guide book gave us a good idea of where to go. On our first leg we stopped off at a place called Dolphin Point and guess what? We saw heaps of dolphins! So amazing and beautiful! They were ao close as well I wanted to go in and swim with them. Our first campsite was on the coast and had a beautiful view but there wasn't much there. We set up camp. Our van was so cool! The back seats went into a double bed and the roof raised up and had a single bed in it with a little window for me. It was super comfy, I loved it!
When sleeping in the campervan I found that we all woke up fairly early because of the light and the animal noises. Loud birds and things. No complaints though! We got the hob on for a morning cup of tea and had some poached eggs before hitting the road again. A lot of the time the roads were deserted and it was super quiet. Almost eerie! I don't think many people drive down from Sydney to Melbourne the coastal way. We stopped off at some more beautiful coastal picnic spots, unfortunately I was relying on my Mum and Dad to take the photos as for once I didn't have to have my camera out all the time. Shame now though as I don't have any photos for this blog! The second night was even more in the middle of no where then the last! It was a plain field camping ground that already had lots of residents or regulars who all new each other. We tried to drive in casually but it's hard not to be noticed when you're in a huge bright green and purple van. Everyone was staring and we couldn't find a good spot to park so kept going in circles. Quite embarrassing really but we found a spot that we were all happy with finally! It was a short distance from the ocean and we got some cracking photos of the sunset on the camera. We had been to a little market that day and picked up some delicious, fresh pasta sauce so it was pasta and sauce for dinner. Cups of tea and biscuits for pudding. There was one other man camping in the same area as us. He was with his son and they were trying to start up a bonfire. We literally spoke to him for about 5 minutes and we had his life story! Middle aged, divorced because he didn't love his wife anymore, 3 kids 2 of which don't speak to him anymore but he's ok with that, still has a good relationship with his son and that was that! He did offer us to join him at his bonfire but we politely declined. God knows what other information we would have got from him had we gone over!
The third nights camp site was my favourite. Mainly because when we got there, in the sea right next to the decking was a seal swimming up and down on its back. So cool! Someone told us it often came by to show off its full belly of fish. Haha funny guy! We also saw big pelicans flying over the water and when we woke up there was a kangaroo hopping about next to the van. Amazing!
So we had driven heaps over the last few days and finally we made it to Melbourne! The road trip had been so incredible though! We had dinner at The Dining Haul where I used to work and my parents slept in the camper van by the sea and I stayed with a friend. In the morning we took the train to the city and met up with Emma. We all did a walking tour of the city that my mum had found in the travel book. It was really good actually! We stopped off for a couple of coffees, got aome of the famous chocolate, visited the Shrine, Federation Square and walked along South Bank. I really do love Melbourne and was so happy to be back. My home away from home. If it was closer to Abereen I would absolutely live there forever.
We had two more nights in the camper van and decided to head down the Mornington Peninsula to Sorrento. It was either that or doing the Great Ocean Road but everyone was kind of tired of deiving so much so we had a day in Sorrento playing in HUGE waves. Like these waves really knocked you over it was so much fun! The weather was beautiful as well! We ate our left over seafood curry from the night before and went for an ice cream for pudding. This campsite was probably our least favourite because we accidentally parked on a slope and also right next to a busy road so it was quite noisy. Nothing awful though!
Our final day together we met up with Emma for some lunch before Emma and I moved into our new house. Super sad saying by to Mum and Dad but not long until I see them again! A fantastic road trip!