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Wilsons Promontory

semi-overcast 65 °F

23 April 2018

We woke to a very foggy morning and with a suggestion from the park manager we took a side trip off the main road to Agnes Falls. Driving off the main road, over the hill and through the dairy farms. It seemed like we were in the wrong place...but then ..there it was!!

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After our little trip to the falls, the sky had cleared and we were off to WIlsons Prom.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilsons_Promontory

Though probably not as dramatic as The Great Ocean Road, the quaintness of the area surrounding Wilson's Prom made us feel like we'd found someplace very special.

Note: When you see people along the side of road with cameras, it's usually a good indication that there is "something" to be seen....and there was - an EMU!!!

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A little further down the road, the brush opened up and there was the ocean - it all it's glory.

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Walking back to the car, we found a group of people watching a very small snake. If I (or the others) knew how poisonous it was...we probably wouldn't have gotten that close. We found out later it was not a Brown snake (VERY poisonous) but a black red bellied snake and as wiki described - "Though its venom is capable of causing significant morbidity its venom is generally not fatal". Generally??? hmmmm. But I also knew from my neighbor Jerry, that if it's eating, which it was, it was happy and not really interested in me.

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A quick lunch kept Jim happy and we decided on the short hike of the Lilly Pilly Track.

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After a beautiful 5Km walk, we opted for beers at the only local pub - The Royal Standard Hotel. The pub is the only one in town and just a short walk from our caravan park. Actually Toora is pretty small and everything is just a short walk...but I digress... Anyways.. we chatted with the ladies behind the bar - another beer and we decided to stay for dinner. It was a great choice - fresh oyster (for Jim) and local fish for me. (We did find out later that this is a local favorite that brought in folks from all over the area).

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24 April 2018

A relatively good night sleep (it always takes time getting used to the van), breakfast and a call to the Apollo Campervan office. (Try as me might we couldn't get the heater to work and it was pretty darn cold.) At first, they were going to try and get a technician to our location. Hint: we're pretty much in the middle of nowhere - I don't think that's going to happen.

I got a call back and they advised us...guess what?? They were not able to get a tech to us but authorized us to by a space heater. We had one in our last campervan and knew they work quite well. They would reimburse up to $35. While I grabbed a shower, Jim walked into town to check to see if the local hardware store had a heater.

Jim got a little lost but fortunately, as I said, Toora is pretty small but no luck on the heater. They advised him to try Foster (which is on our way to Wilson's Prom).

The small village of Foster did the trick. The hardware store had a surprisingly large selection of small space heaters. $34.99 right on budget.
From there, it was a quick trip to the Opp shop - the AU version of our Thrift shores - or the Goose - not as large but very friendly. We ended up a with a couple extra glasses, a extra dish towel and a small rug. Campervans are nice but they come with just the basics.

On to WIlsons Prom and our first stop was to walk on Squeaky Beach - the pics really tell the story...and yes the sand does squeak!!

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After Squeaky Beach, we made our way back up the road to the WIldlife walk - short walk but we saw emus, roos and a little wombat ( a very shy, cute, little wombat).

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We've had small campervans but this is where I would draw the line!!

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One of the things I really enjoy about caravan parks is the camp kitchens. We can cook in the van but all caravan parks have kitchens. Some better than others. The kitchen here in Toora is a good one. After dinner a la Chef Jim, we ended up chatting with a really nice couple of NZ - Rachel and Steve). Rachel work for a while as an officer in NZ - they offered us their info... just in case we get back to Christchurch area...we can only hope.

Posted by pjburke 13:53 Archived in Australia

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That snake did NOT look that small to me!
Have Jim take pix of you so we can see your smile during this journey..............

by Nan

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