Christmas means summer in Australia, and since we aren't traveling to Holland or the U.S. this Christmas, it seemed the perfect opportunity for the quintessential Aussie (say "ozzie") roadtrip. The Captain and I love a good roadtrip.
We're finishing day two of a two and a half day journey. Here's our route.
Day 1 we left Sydney and after stopping to eat sandwiches at a dried out park in Goulburn, stretched our legs at Bateman's Bay, and then powered through to Merimbula, in the Sapphire coast, where we stopped for the night. On the way we saw a live wallaby (a small kangaroo), and a goana feasting on roadkill. Speaking of roadkill, we saw nine deceased wallabies, two wombats, and a snake.
Merimbula was beautiful! For one thing we saw mobs of kangaroo at dusk. In the morning, the kids had a spirited war against "Russia" before breakfast,
on our way out of town, we stopped at a lookout.
Have you heard me say that Australia is less litigious than the U.S.? This amazing fishing platform with NO railings is a great example. It was so gorgeous, soaring up about ten meters out of the water. We had to go for a look.
The sea floor under the platform was covered in sea urchins, which we could see so clearly through the crystal clear water.
Afer leaving Merimbula, we headed into the Snowy River National Park. Now, that may not sound like anything to you, but growing up, I LOVED watching The Man from Snow River. Watch this scene and tell me it doesn't make your hair stand on end!
I couldn't get any good shots of the mountains we were driving through since it was basically a cliff on one side and a drop off on the other, with winding roads putting my tendency towards carsickness to the test, but trust me, it was immense. Finally, we reached a more level part and I wanted to show you these blackened trees. Australia has so many bushfires, and this is what a forest looks like when it is growing again after a fire comes through.
The actual Snowy River wasn't so awe-inspiring, but that's okay.
The information center in Orbost was in a beautiful old cabin, complete with two resident geese which kept freaking the kids out with their honking and pattering around. We ate lunch there and let the kids run for a play. The gardens were beautiful and I made the children willow wreaths and belts, which I enjoyed as much as they did.
Finally we arrived in Lakes Entrance, another gorgeous location. After a swim, and dinner, we walked to the beach. Have I mentioned that my children love the ocean, and look their finest with the evening sun reflecting off the sand onto their beautiful faces? Memories are treasures, and we are filling our pockets with as many as we can.