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Awesome customer service today at the Naracoorte Mazda service centre (Wickham Flower & Co). The mighty Mazda needed a regular service so I called them to see if they could fit me in some time in the next few days.
I got same day service. Dropped the car in at 10:30am and ready by midday.
And they even washed the Mazda. Pity the car washer as it was caked with bug / grasshopper guts on the front and very dirty.
After the service we made our way to the Naracoorte Caves and took a tour of the Fossil Cave. They have been excavating 50,000-year-old fossils for the last 45 years and they reckon that at this pace they need another 300 hundred years to clear the chamber.
After a very yummy dinner cooked by Deb we went through her pics of the Philippines (Marinduque) when she, Pam and Mike visited us some 6.5 years ago. Guy and I felt homesick.
Rest day today as we relaxed round Deb’s deck. Midday trip into Naracoorte for some supplies for Guy to make up a big pot of pork adobo for dinner.
Had a great dinner with Deb, Mike (Deb’s partner), Mick (local) and Mark (visiting from Oregon in the USA). A very interesting group of people from all different background.
Mick has climbed in Nepal and turns out we have both climb in the same area. And Mark is a keen mountain biker with Mike being a motorcycle racer. All things from my past life (before retirement).
Left Naracoorte for Halls Gap and had a good smooth run with no traffic (350km & 4 hours).
Settled into our luxurious cabin then went for a bit of a drive round the town for a look see and get a few groceries.
Off exploring the northern Grampians today (120km loop). We visited:
~ Reed Lookout (lookout west of the Grampians).
~ The Balconies (stunning rock formation).
~ Mackenzie Falls (awesome waterfalls).
~ Broken Falls (smaller waterfalls).
~ Gulgurn Manja Shelter (Aboriginal rock art).
Lots to see and some spectacular rock formations.
Off exploring the southern Grampians today (130km round trip). We visited:
~ Wonderland carpark (was going for a hike but carpark full. Try tomorrow).
~ Venus Baths (bath holes in the granite rock that water flows through).
~ Lake Bellfield (reservoir).
~ Mount William Highest point in the Grampians).
~ Bunjil Shelter (Aboriginal rock art).
~ Red Rock Olive Farm (yummy olives).
Had the best Indian lunch at The Punjab Indian restaurant, Halls Gap. We both agree that it is some of the best Indian we have ever had.
Rained and blew all night and all day so a sleep in till 11:00am was the order of the day.
Then off to the Halls Gap Hotel and their open fireplace along with a damn good steak lunch. On the way home called into the bakery for some afternoon tea treats. Vanilla slice for me (not as good as Cummins) and fudge for Guy.
Wild, wet and windy all day so relaxed at the cabin catching up on the blog, photo editing, device updates and backups..
Left a very wild, wet and windy Halls Gap for Beachport across the border in SA which was a little better (350km & 4 hours). It rained and blew on and off during the whole trip. Fining up tomorrow, fingers crossed.
Outside Hamilton VIC, we took a slight detour to the Nigretta and Wannon waterfalls. Not much water flowing over the falls at the moment but still very beautiful places with the rock formations. Settled into our luxury apartment right on the beach for the next two nights.
Life is good.
Trevor & Guy