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Wilsons Promonontry

Sunday, 15 February 2004 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / Victoria / National Parks
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Heading along the remainder of the dirt road towards Eden and Bega took me through some breathtaking countryside, amongst rolling hills and pastures, cute homesteads.

I headed generally south, with no specific objective in mind. I took the loop road that runs out to Cape Conran and Marlo before returning to the Princes Highway again at Orbost. Cape Conran offered some excellent views of the ocean, punctuated by an extremely jagged and rocky coastline. There were a couple of 45 minute walks from the car park, but I decided to give them a miss.

I stopped for lunch in M, at the M Hotel. It looked absolutely boring from the outside, and getting to the inside didn't change much. Still, the beer was cold, and the food cheap, prompt and tasty.

I stopped in Orbost for a few minutes to look at the maps and books. I spotted Wilsons Pomentory and some other national parks. I was undecided about giving them a miss and heading straight to Geelong so that I could do the Great Ocean Road fisrt thing in the morning.

After a fair bit of procrastination, I settled on a two night stay in Wilsons Prom, after reading the writeup in the Lonely Planet. I plan to do some bushwalking and drive up to the mountains nearby.

On the way, I stopped briefly at the Tora Wind Farm. I had to look twice to be sure that I'd seen a wind turbine looming over the hills as I rounded a bend. Magnificently huge and serene at the same time when viewed close up.

When I got to the Tidal River campground at Wilsons Prom, it seems almost every single surfer that owns a combi van had found it already. I was driving at 10 km/hr but it still was a bit too fast for the surfboard toting crew. The sunset made up for it, and the view of the surrounding peaks - the promise of more in the morning.