The trip comes to an end!!
31.08.2010 - 16.09.2010 0 °C
This is it folks, the very last blog! But lots to talk about so we're going out with a bang so to speak!! Well the last blog left off the day before we went on our Neighbours trivia night (which along with the tour was our Neighbours geek fest which we had planned before we'd even booked our flights I think). The Neighbours night, as we'd thought, was total cheese but an evening that neither me or Kelly will forget! It started off as it meant to go on with cheesy Neighbours singalongs - then it whipped out the big gun....Mr Karl Kennedy along with Donna (I of course was a very happy boy as the picture of my stupid grinning face shows) and Dylan Timmins (he was Stingray's older brother with all the hair but he aint been in it for years) although he did make a lot of effort and gave us a mimed boyband spectacular so he was pretty good, bless him. They just kinda talked and walked around the crowd being all famous and stuff but of course we lapped it up! We then got to participate in the trivia with random things asked along with Neighbours questions and quite successfully, we managed to come third, but this was nothing compared to the games in between rounds...
As many of you may know, Kelly has been gifted with lots of wonderful skills and talents...one of these is a killer competitive streak and the other is an innate skill at the running man! These came in very handy during the dance off competition where travel prizes were up for stake...Kelly did us both very proud and shook her thing with the best of them, infront of the man that is Dr. Karl and won a trip to Adelaide which came in very handy for us as that was where we were headed! To end the night off the good Dr Karl and (making me very happy)...Paul Robinson and his wooden leg gave us all a sing song and showed that older men with a hint of sleaze in their eyes can still hold a tune and do a little bit better than dad dancing! They definatley deserve to be famous still. This was still only a taste of our Neighbours experience and a few days later we went to the actual street where they actually film actual Neighbours. We were excited to the max and when we got to the street we were not dissapointed just extremely fooled by the size of it...the streets are tiny! Like really small that you could jump from door to door! After running around, pretending to play cricket and getting standard tourist snaps outside the Kennedy's we went to the studios to have a little walk around Lassiters! We saw all the sights, Harolds store, Carpenters Merchanics, Grease Monkeys, the lake, Charlies bar and now we can say we've been there...it was great fun and definatley worth the wait!
Okay so a next big thing that we did was take a little trip to Phillip Island with Clare and the biggest puppy I've ever seen in my life by the name of Gus. It's only a 1 and a 1/2 hour drive from the city but is famous for its penguin parade! Part of the island is a conservation reserve to help protect the little penguins which are the smallest species of penguin in the world who use the grass headland behind the beach to nest. After watching hundreds of penguins come in (and lots get washed back into the sea because they hesitate too much or got scared by seagulls...funny sight) we got to walk around and spot some running about, chasing each other and trying to make sweet love. It was mating season and therefore some penguins were not putting on a PG performance! We did see little furry chicks though which was amazing!
We spent our last weekend in Melbourne going to the Tim Burton exhibition at the Australian Moving Image Centre. It was amzing and as a massive fan I loved every moment of it. Kelly now has lots of movies to watch that she had never heard off but that is never a bad thing! The place was packed though and with lots of people queing to read and look at bits but was totally worth it! We finally got to see more family when we spent a couple of days with the Warrens (my mums cousin for those who may not know) in their new australian house which was lovely. Got to spend some time with their gorgeous little boy Lucas who developed bit of a crush on "Keddy" as she was called. Brilliant to be with family and didn't want to leave! However ofc ourse we had to to begin our final trip in a bus down to Adelaide!
Our trip took us along the Great Ocean Road which is very hard to describe but the pictures will show you! The coast line of South Australia is all limestone and gives these amazing landforms and coastal beaches. We got to look for wildlife on the way and luckily enough saw our first echidna in the wild which was amazing...they are huge and much bigger than we ever thought! By the end of the day we got to the infamous Twelve Apostles. They are stacks of rock which stand in the middle of the ocean and are remains from the headland which has collapsed. Although now there are only 7 due to lots falling down and being washed away. After the G.O.R we went north in to the middle of South Australia and into the Grampian mountain range. We went into a dormant volcano to see if we could spot some wildlife however due to some heavy sstorms and rain there was lots of sections which were closed to the public. We then went towards our accommodation for the night but stopped off and found a field which had hundreds of kangaroos, emus, deer and ducks (Kelly was very excited by the ducks?!?!?) just being wild and playing...it was truly incredible to see. We were lucky enough to get some great shots of boxing kangeroos and joey's sticking out their mum's pouch. The next day we went for a nice brisk morning hike up a mountain which gave us amazing views and was so much fun. We climbed over trees and under caves to get to the top where the wind was trying its hardest to make us fall off! However we did get back down and safe in one piece to get to Adelaide!
Adelaide is a city which seems to get a very mixed reaction from backpackers so we had no expectations. However, Adelaide is close to the Barossa valley which is Australia's premium wine growing region so it would be rude not to go on a little tasting tour - so we did.....only 12 hours after we arrived! The valley is about an hour out of Adelaide and is a very nice region with flat land and endless vineyards. Our first stop was Wolf Blass which was very good and as we had actually heard of it, we were therefore looking forward to it! We realised at this time that we were the group who would be taking this most seriously as at every winery, we were the first ones in and last ones out! After many vineyards and wineries and an amazing 3 course lunch (flashpacking to the max that day) we realised that we kinda liked Adelaide (food and wine is ALWAYS the way to Jack's heart). As wine wasn't enough we then made a little trip to Australia's famous Haighs Chocalate factory for a little tour. Unfortunately it was nothing like Roald Dahl described but still got to feed up on chocs and learn about how its all made from a recipe shared by the Lindt family in what was a tiny little factory. Adelaide was pretty chilled out but we were both happy we got there.
So now we are in Perth (again) after our flight and little sleep outside the airport (airports close which we didn't know about so we had to sleep on a cafe bench for 5 hours ) and looking forward to our birthday and coming home to see all your little faces. So until we see you all, thanks for reading our blogs and we look forward to catching up.
Peace and Love for the final time Jack and Kelly xxxxx