It was November and we had spent around 6 months in South Australia but I left us only 17 days to get to Melbourne to board the ferry to Tasmania. We left the Barossa Valley and had a quick visit to Adelaide before heading south. I snapped this photo of Willow at the Port River Dolphin Trail North of Adelaide. We didn’t see any dolphins but it was a nice place to hang out for the day. We then went to Hahndorf to stock up on cheese.
To get to the Coorong we had to go on two small ferries. Willow didn’t seem to mind and it was a good warm up for the 12 hour Melbourne to Devonport crossing.
It was hard finding camps along the Coorong as most of it is National Park where pets aren’t allowed. Other free camps where pets are permitted had poison baits laid. 1080 poison is used to control feral fox, dog, and cat populations. It is something we have to be mindful of wherever we camp.
How stern does Willow look in this photo? This is what happens when I’m late getting her dinner out!
We visited the Big Lobster in Kinston SE.
And camped by a lake.
When we arrived in Mount Gambier I got to see the Blue Lake.
And the Umpherston Sinkhole.
We passed into Victoria the next day. Willow told me that quarantine regulation stipulates that tuna cannot be brought into Victoria so we should eat it all first. I looked this up and found it to be untrue.
We camped in the bush. Willow was on koala watch but we did not see any this time.
We spent the day in Port Fairy where we saw a seal on the way to the lighthouse. When we got to Warrnambool I didn’t know where we should stay and it was getting late. Thankfully there was room at the caravan park and they let us park right at the back away from the train tracks and road traffic.
We continued along The Great Ocean Road and it was spectacular. But very busy. Willow slept in the van whilst I checked out some of the sights.
Lucky I knew of a secret cave away from the crowds!
We found some nice camps in the forest. There are lots of waterfalls to visit. Willow practiced her forest poses for the camera.
The views along the coast near Lorne are amazing.
One last photo of Willow before we arrive in Melbourne
In Melbourne we headed to the docks and boarded the ferry. I was so nervous leaving Willow for 12 hours by herself. You can read about our experience during of sailing here. When we arrived in Tasmania I was so happy to know she was okay.
We are now touring our beautiful island home of Tasmania until April when we will return to the mainland. Join our mailing list below so you don’t miss a thing as we bring you the ultimate Tassie Roadtrip!