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Wednesday, March 1, 2000
Port Campbell, Vic to Mount Gambier, SA, Australia
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Mount Gambier, SA, Australia:
Latitude: 37° 49' 50" South
Longitude: 140° 47' 21" East
Altitude: 326 feet
From Seattle: 9425 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Mount View Motel

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Today's Travel:
Country: Australia
Regions: Victoria, South Australia
Route: Car: Great Ocean Road (B100), Princes Highway (A1)
Start: Port Campbell, Vic
Stop 1. Twelve Apostles, Port Campbell National Park, Vic
Stop 2. Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell National Park, Vic
Stop 3. Bay of Maryters, Bay of Islands Coastal Park, Vic
Stop 4. Crofts Bay, Bay of Islands Coastal Park, Vic
End:Mount Gambier, SA, Australia
Linear:148 miles
Weather: Sunny / Partial Sun

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Some of the Twelve Apostles Twelve Apostles, Port Campbell National Park, Vic, Australia

Some of the Twelve Apostles Twelve Apostles, Port Campbell National Park, Vic, Australia

An arch Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell National Park, Vic, Australia

Another arch Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell National Park, Vic, Australia

Surf on cliff face Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell National Park, Vic, Australia

Some of the islands Bay of Islands Coastal Park, Vic, Australia

One of the "islands" Bay of Islands Coastal Park, Vic, Australia

Coast and rocks Bay of Islands Coastal Park, Vic, Australia

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1056
Linear Dist: 206622
Countries Visited: 67
Regions Visited: 255
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Hotels: 332
Friends / Family: 287
Camping: 121
Hostels: 233
Transit: 69
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3772
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Journal Entry:
In the morning went back to the Twelve Apostles. I wanted to take some more photos with the light coming from the other direction. It was much clearer today, but the beauty didn't seem to affect me as much. I don't know if it's because I'd already seen it, or because there were more people around, or if it looked more dramatic in the haze yesterday. Took a few photos - it really is still an absolutely spectacular site. Drove a few kilometers back to the Loch Ard Gorge which I had skipped yesterday. It's a small bay with high sheer cliffs and a very narrow entry surounded by arches. Very beautful, it also has a dramatic past - the only two survivors of a shipwreck washed up there.

Back heading the right direction again I stopped a couple times in the Bay of Islands Coastal Park - yet more spectacularly carved coast. Stopped at a few viewpoints to take pictures of the amazing rock formations and surf. It was starting to get hot so I pulled off on a dirt track and hiked down to the beach. I had a huge cove all to myself. besides the two fishermen a couple hundred yards off shore there wasn't another person in sight. Perfect. Went for a swim to cool off then laid in the sun. After repeating a couple times I realized that I some biting flies had discovered me (blood dripping down my legs gave it away) and decided I'd probably had enough sun anyway (over an hour and a half had disappeared).

The rest of the day wasn't too exciting. I was going to stop in Port Farie but it just didn't interest me so I decided to go until Portland. Then the same thing happened in Portland so I ended up over the border in South Australia. I'm staying in Mount Gambier which is definitely not that interesting, but it was getting to be evening and I'm within reach of Adelaide tomorrow (two days ahead of schedule!)


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Australia
CIA World Fact Book: Australia

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