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Camping in the Otways

by on Nov.02, 2010, under Traveling Australia

The National Otway Park is situated about 200 km south-west of Melbourne (at least to the place we went to) and seems to be a favoured place for Melbournians to go camping. And so did we. After having stayed the night at Cherry Lake in the suburb Altona, we had a great breakfast at the beach.

Beach breakfast in Altona

Beach breakfast in Altona

After a beautiful morning it started to rain heavily for hours so that the promised drizzle at the Aire River West Campsite in the Otways sounded like a good change and furthermore, there would be lots of nice company for example our former host Erin as well as  Ramona, Remi, Aviv and Marc.

From the time we arrived it started to rain heavily which we didn’t mind too much in the evening since we were quite dry under a common tarp with nice beer and mulled wine. During the night though we felt the impact of the heavy rain in the way of a partly wet mattress and in Inka’s case a partly wet underwear.. : (

The next morning the camp was underwater and the land cruiser didn’t start. Not the camping experience we had looked forward to.

After some hot tea on the camping stove in the land cruiser, one of the single dry places around, and some toast and peanut butter we moved camp to an upper area around the corner and even got the LandCruiser started.

On our way to Apollo Bay to get some things for the camp we stumbled upon a floodway – there shouldn’t be any water here at all … *gulp*

The rain lessened now and then but it was still a couple of rainy days and we spent it by talking, cooking and eating (and drinking of course), singing and listening to music as well as taking a walk to the beach.

We even had our own little Halloween with an awesome orange jack-o-lantern!!

Our great Jack-o-lantern

Our great Jack-o-lantern

When we left the Otways after 2,5 days it started clearing up – what a shame. But we had a chance to see our first Koala though far apart but nevertheless our first free Koala! Furthermore, we went to the Triplet Falls which were nice, too.

See the Triplet Falls in action:

The camping days ended with a tasty camping-cooling-dinner at Erin’s place back in Melbourne.

The next day we stayed for the Housecooling-Party since our host Erin and his flatmates had to move houses .. in which we helped as well.

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