The second day of our first mini-trip, we got up early to revisit the mega busy 12 apostles tourist stop and then made our way to a 1.5 hour hike down to see the Beauchamps waterfall. We were the only ones on the trail, and it was a easy downhill trek.
Once we got to the bottom, we hopped the barrier to get closer to the falls. Dorian hopped rocks to get right to the base, and slipped. He emerged with a soggy leg.
The way back up was rough. I was out of shape, out of breath, and Dorian basically had to stand behind me propelling me up the incline. I broke up the walk by stopping frequently to use my macro lens since there were awesome mushrooms growing all over the place.
On our second mini road trip, we headed to the penguin parade. Sadly, we couldn’t take any photos (not that it stopped some annoying other tourists). We sat outside on the beach in a cordoned off area waiting quietly, shivering. The little penguins waddled out of the ocean and paused around the rocks until their other pals came to join them. They were so cute.
We walked back to our car along the boardwalk, stopping to watch the little guys make their way back to their homes, intermittently shaking their feathers along the way. The Phillip Island Penguin Parade has an app with lots of great photos, so I thought I’d include a couple in this post.
That night we stayed over in a cute cabin on the Ramada resort compound.
The next morning I wanted to go find a jumping rock in Blairgowrie that I had seen on the internet. We drove along the Mornington Peninsula and finally found the suggested parking spot for a little walk to the jumping rock. We never did find the rock, but it was a neat journey along the coast. I also had another chance to take some macro photos.
We stopped in one of the adorable little towns, called Sorrento on the coast to grab a coffee and gawk at the harbour.
Then we hopped back in the car for the final stop on our road trip, Wilson’s Promontory the National Park. I had scheduled our day at Wilsons Prom, knowing which walks I wanted to talk, and how long they would be. I picked the longest one to start with. It was to be a 3-hour round trip hike to a secluded beach which looked gorgeous in photos.
Once we started on the path, I noticed the sign saying “walking time: 6 hours.” Before we had made it around the first bend, Dorian swung his arm out to block me from continuing. “What is it?!” I asked him excitedly, preparing my camera for something awesome. It was a baby snake, the most dangerous type of snake. We had learned earlier from Dorian’s sister’s partner that baby snakes release all their venom because they hadn’t learned how to control it yet.
It was hot, and the walk was pretty monotonous. We realized that everyone we saw on the path had all their camping gear, and planned to spend the night before heading back.
Once we reached the beach, we were disappointed. It didn’t look anything like the photos. We sat down to have a snack but these tiny crabs starting crawling up my shorts. Then we noticed the hornets. They were everywhere. We headed straight back, Dorian joking we had to “beat our time” on the route back.
One of the last touristy items on my list was to go see the colourful beach huts in Melbourne. I didn’t realize how popular of an activity it was until we got to Brighton Beach. It was pretty entertaining to watch people posing in front of the huts.
We did a bit more wandering in Melbourne before the end of our visit arrived. We went to see the Ai Weiwei exhibit at the National Gallery of Victoria. The thing that struck me most about Melbourne was the architecture. It was all very different, and interesting. One of the last nights we were there, we had dinner at the restaurant that Dorian used to work at. He had told me how wonderful the food was so I think my expectations were pretty high. We both ended up being kind of let down. Some of it was amazing, but some of it tasted burnt. Still it was nice to get a glimpse into my partner’s previous life.
The last night we spent having dinner at a family friend’s house. I think that was my favourite part about our trip, meeting all Dorian’s family and friends. They were absolutely lovely.