Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Adelaide to Portland

After a couple of enjoyable days with my sister in Adelaide, it was time to hit the road again.


We have done this drive many times, but it is one of my favourites.


Hay rolls a couple of hours from Adelaide. This part of Australia has been quite dry for some months. That is about to change in the next few hours as I prepare this blog as a lot of rain is headed towards this area. The farmers will rejoice.


These small lakes sometimes have a pink colour. 


Lake Albert at Meningie.






The Airedale quilt makes another appearance on this ostrich statue.


The story of the ostrich and the small bushranger who used it as transport. 



The Coorong. It is a wonderful drive beside this long narrow lake. Just the other side of the land on the other side of the lake is the ocean.






We stopped in Robe for lunch but it was very busy with tourists. This was a weekend in Summer and quite different from Winter when there are few tourists.



The beach at Robe. It is a lovely little town, but a long way from Adelaide or Melbourne.
       

After leaving Robe we took the inland route to Mount Gambier via Penola.





Pine forest plantations. 



One of the the craters at of the former volcano at Mount Gambier.



The lake is supposed to change colour from grey to blue in November. The last time I passed this way in September 2012 it was somewhat blue. However this was the first time I saw the real blue.



Back on the road heading to Victoria. Driving in Australia is quite easy if you remember to stay on the correct side of the road. Everybody sticks to the speed limit because of radar traps and it is not a good idea to drink and drive because of the Random Breath Tests.


We arrived to a warm welcome at the Airbnb outside Portland in Victoria.


 


Another cuddly welcome from high up in a tree.

 
Not the bnb but an outbuilding that looks like it will become the bnb. I would use it as my listening room for my hi-fi hobby.




The property has several acres beside the ocean which is just over the hill. You might be able to see some windmills on the horizon to the right. It is a very windy area.


The bnb. The owners were away and the house sitting couple looked after us very well. We had dinner together with a couple of bottles of wine and we all had a lovely time.


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