It was an amazing feeling to reach the South Coast of Australia – after so many days spent in the Outback we could smell the ocean again and feel a pleasant breeze on our tired, sweat-and-sunblock covered faces. We did not find Adelaide to be particularly interesting, so after a short recovery period we continued south.
Our plan was to cycle by the coast, as this would made for a nice change after so much time spent out in the desert. We enjoyed the fresh air, new wildlife and little towns, where, unlike in the Center, we could have a cup of decent coffee.
Signs reminding car drivers to share the road with cyclists made us feel a bit more comfortable as the narrow road had an almost non existing shoulder…
…but nevertheless we tried to find the smallest roads possible to escape the loud and smelly traffic.
After the freedom of camping everywhere in the Outback, finding a proper campsite for the night was not easy at all. Most part of South Australia is fenced private land where an overnight stay is out of the question. Then there are the holiday parks and commercial campsites – way above the budget of a long distance traveler. On top of that, some of the places where one could sleep free of charge are not really touring cyclists friendly. A “Strictly no tent camping” information in the town of Kingston did not stop us of staying for one night, though. We found it quite discriminating and took a risk to be fined…
Luckily, over the years of cycling here and there, we developed a skill of finding nice camping spots, where there are no slamming car doors at night and where we can feel like at home while spending the night in our cosy tent.
We followed the coast venturing deeper into the land, cycling through some quiet woods,
accompanied by cattle and amazing trees:
Some salt lakes – they really look like snow and make you want to just lie down and cool off a bit:
We met our first echidna! It was almost impossible to take a photo of this spiky creature, hiding in the bushes.
And finally, after two months in Australia we spotted some koalas high up in the trees…
…as well as emus in a park; being used to people they would come really close instead of running away.
Unfortunately we have not been lucky enough to see a wombat (maybe next time).
Mailboxes in Australia, every one looks different:
A nice spot to have a swim:
Travelling by the coast was great fun, especially when cycling on the beach:
We wish we would have had proper fatbikes to enjoy this kind of sand riding. Instead, we had to push a bit from time to time…
…although the views were worth all the effort!
As we were cutting the distance towards the very south of Australia, we were getting closer to one of the biggest tourist destinations of the country – the Great Ocean Road.