The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is known as one of the best drives in the world, and the views certainly delivered to make this true.  We enjoyed beautiful scenery, really friendly people, a lot of tourists, and some adorable koalas along the way.  Here are some of my favorite photos of the 3 days we spent cruising along the coast. 

We also saw LOTS of animals.  Here are some of those photos, including shots of a kangaroo fight we saw at one of the places we camped.  As we were going out for a nightly walk we realized we were surrounded by some 80 kangaroos!  We skipped the walk and spent our time taking photos of our surroundings and taking it all in. 

Another special experience was another spot we camped and happened to glance over as the mama koala and baby koala were making their way to another tree.  WE NEED A NEW CAMERA because ours couldn't zoom in properly to capture the cuteness we witnessed.  But at any rate, here was our shot at taking these photos. 

McLaren Vale Tasting

Heading out of Adelaide we got to enjoy all the benefits of camper van living – stopping where we pleased and purchasing what we need.  Our camper is now filled with mangoes, apples, and other fruits that we have been able to purchase along the road.  We also figured that since we were driving through McLaren Vale, with no obligations for the next 10 days, we should make sure to stop at at least a few wineries.  Our first stop was Ekhinda, a winery that was recommended by LivingIf.  The wines weren’t our favorite but we enjoyed talking to the tasting room staff, she was from California and it was fun to chat with another American. 

Next I got us a little lost and we ended up in Wirra Wirra.  Two hours later, after tasting through all their wines, we declared it our favorite winery visit yet.  Each vine and label has a long story, highlighting the fun that this winery has through the wine making process.  Tristan, one of the tasting room staff, even took us on a tour, letting us ring the bell and see the catapult that they bring out for winery events.  Their wines were just as delicious as fun – really affordable price points and I wanted to purchase each one.  It was fun that a wrong turn turned out to be so enjoyable. 

Our evening was spent by the beach.  Eric used the Aussie BBQ for the first time, making delicious fried rice for dinner outside.  Afterwards we headed to the beach for the sunset and on the way home I got have a fabulous talk with my brother while walking through a reserve filled with kangaroos.  How lucky are we?!