Lots of fun along the Mitta Mitta

One of the longest sections on our journey through Australia was the one between the cities Melbourne and Sydney. Where others would simply take the train or board a plane, we decided to hit the road for two consecutive days and have some fun along the way.

After enjoying a small rafting adventure on the river Iller in the South of Germany in September it was pretty clear that we should do something similar in Australia. We decided to book a day trip on the Mitta Mitta River provided by Rafting Australia, which was comfortably located on our journey towards Sydney.

We therefore booked a night at the Snug as a bug Motel in Omeo, which I can recommend. The offer in Omeo is quite small and during our visit not much was available. After a small snack, we then went on a small hike for the Oriental Claims following the path of the Livingstone Creek. The oriental claims are a former gold mining operation (claim) by the Oriental company from 1876 to 1904, hence the name. It is a nice and interesting walk.

The next day, we headed off for our rafting adventure. As the river hold a lot of water at this time of the year, we were told to have the most exciting route in front of us. Yet first we had to get the boat down to the river, which was already pretty exhausting and an adventure in its own right. After being instructed on a wider part of the river, our adventure could finally start.

For hours we now enjoyed the rapids as well as the quitter passages of the river all embedded in a beautiful landscape. We had a great spirit in the small team and some great talks along the way. At one point we got a small lunch break and enjoyed a particularly nice pumpkin soup. Back to full strength we then continued on the last stage of our river adventure which featured some pretty impressive rapids. We had a blast!

After our rafting experience, our adventure was by far not yet over. In order to get to our next hotel, we were being told a short cut, where we had to go a bit off-road. We did not have the right car for doing so, nor did we have good tires, yet we did it anyways. My friend was quite afraid when I was driving through the serpentines, and we started to slide a bit. The path was quite hilly, which doubled the fun or the fear – depending on which person you asked. After a while we then hit the normal roads again, which were a bit easier to drive on. After riding along Lake Hume for a bit, we then passed the Murray River and entered New South Wales.

I booked a night at the Holbrook Town Center Motor Inn. As we arrived late, I had to call in. While doing so, I wondered why I could not hear anything. After looking at my phone for quite a bit, I then realised that I was still connected to the Bluetooth of the car, and it was acting like a giant speaker. I then called again, and shortly thereafter we could get into our room. As the staff could not charge my credit card for whatever reason, we were waked up quite early and forced to pay. Apart of that, we had a good stay.

On the next day, we took the remaining 500km towards Sydney for Milsons Point. After passing the Harbour Bridge and finding a parking spot, I headed for the nearby Luna Park Sydney, while Aris enjoyed the surrounding area.

 

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Our way along the Great Ocean Road

After we left the Grampians we drove over a section of the Great Ocean Road towards the city of Queenscliff near Melbourne. We started in Port Campbell National Park. Here we spend some time in Loch Ard Gorge, admiring the destructive nature of the incoming waves and the two rock pillars Tom and Eva (named after the two survivors of the Loch Ard shipwreck), as well as the nearby Thunder Cave. We then continued our journey towards its main attraction: the Twelve Apostles. As impressive as they are, there is a lot more hustle and bustle going on and after just a short stopover we were back in the car.

We continued our journey over hill and dale and into the beautiful mountains. After some time we ran out of fuel. Instead of filling our car at Yatzies Pancakes, we decided to risk it and headed for Apollo Bay. With just a few drops of fuel left, we arrived at the local petrol station. As also our stomach was quite empty, we then decided to also have lunch. We ate great at Scorched Grill and after some time at the beach, we continued our journey along the winding coast road.

Our next stop on the road was at Split Point Lighthouse. After admiring the lighthouse, Split Point and Eagle Rock for a bit, we then headed towards our final destination. As we were already running late, I’ve informed the hotel about our late arrival. Unfortunately, their reply never reached my inbox; but it did reach my spam folder, which I noticed too late. After a nice and helpful call, we could finally move into our room at the Athelstane House.

After exploring Queenscliff for a bit, we ended our night at the Queenscliff Brewhouse. Their craft beers are great!

 

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