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Driving the Coastal Road

Saturday 22nd August 2015

semi-overcast 13 °C

Time to leave our lovely 'home' in Robe. Sadly we weren't here long enough to enjoy the garden, and it wasn't warm enough for the outdoor shower!


We collected all of our stuff together (we are now getting quite expert at this) and loaded up the car. The drive to Portland where we were staying overnight was about 150 miles so we wanted to set off reasonably early. In the end it was 10:30am which has become pretty standard for days when we don't have a forced deadline. We said goodbye to our host and were then on our way. After driving for about 45 minutes we decided to stop for coffee at a place called Beachport. It was a pretty little beachside town, that seemed popular with the fishing fraternity.


After we had finished our coffees in a really nice cafe we went to have a look at the jetty which looked really long. We started to walk up it and then got chatting to a man doing some weekend fishing with his granddaughter. Although we still had quite a long drive ahead of us we were encouraged by the man to walk the full half mile length of the jetty. Apparently when it was first finished in 1882 it was another 1500 feet in length and at one time had a small train to get people to the end. On our way back the girl we had been talking to was just landing her first mullet of the day, and she was justifiably very proud of herself.


It was a really nice interlude in our day of driving but we both agreed that we needed to get off and put some more miles behind us. Later on we stopped at a town called Millicent and got some groceries for lunch and for our evening meal. We found a nice forested area to stop and eat our picnic (in the car again).


We also had a bit of excitement when we saw a wild emu beside the road, but sadly didn't have our cameras at the ready. Once we got near to our destination of Princetown we decided to spend a little bit of time looking at what was described as a petrified forest in the Cape Bridgewater National Park, although they have now realised that the formations are actually hollow tubes of limestone.


There was also a massive wind farm near the cliffs and it was quite erie hearing subtle whoosh whoosh noise as they turned. The reputed blowholes were less impressive and although the sea seemed quite rough, the conditions still weren't right to see them. We took some photos of the coastline anyway before making our way back to the car.


It was quite a short drive to Cape Nelson lighthouse. I hadn't realised quite far outside town it is, several miles, fortunately up a fully metalled road. It was nearly dusk by the time we reached the cottages and the lighthouse. There were instructions telling us to get the key from 'cottage 1', which we duly did. The man was is the middle of cooking his dinner but he was helpful and told us which of the assistant lighthouse keepers cottages was ours for the night. We had a quick look inside and then went to look at the lighthouse and the cliffs before it got dark.


Once we had brought all of our stuff in we chose which bedroom we were going to sleep in (the one at the back of the house away from the light). Nigel then cooked our steak supper whilst I did some blogging, as amazingly for the location we did have a limited wifi connection. We also lit the fire, which thoughtfully had been laid for us. It was lovely and very atmospheric being all snug in the cottage in front of the fire, but within hearing of the wind howling outside.


Posted by Gill's Travels 05:40 Archived in Australia Tagged beaches sea australia rock lighthouse cape_nelson

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