After yesterday’s bus debacle, everyone looked forward to the fresh start that a new day would bring. Andi took us on an unscheduled hike to Clematis Falls to make up for missing yesterday’s hikes to the Pinnacle and Reeds Lookout in Grampians National Park.
We got up early and headed up the trail to Clematis Falls. The hike would only take about an hour return and we were eager to see our first waterfall. However, when we finally reached the end of the trail hardly any water was flowing, which was really disappointing. Apparently we were too early in the season to get a full-flowing waterfall. I don’t think this experience helped brighten the group’s mood, and some people felt that it was a waste of time. Personally, I could have done without the early morning walk because I’m lazy, but that’s just me.
|Slide Album: Clematis Falls|
Our second hike of the day was at Hollow Mountain. This hike required some rock-scrambling ability so an easier alternative to the Gulgurn Manja Shelter was available. I, of course, took the easier route to view the Aboriginal rock art instead of climbing over rocks just to get a nice view.
|Slide Album: Hollow Mountain|
Two British girls, Mel and Louise, joined me and we had a short 15 minute walk up to the rock art area. The art wasn’t that noteworthy, but it was authentic. There wasn’t a lot by way of signage to explain what it was and for what it was used – another disappointment for today.
The three of us spent the next hour taking in some sun and the nice view while getting to know each other. Mel and Louise had met in Sydney and decided to travel together for a while. It always amazes me how quickly travelers become best friends. I would have never guessed that they didn’t know each other until a few weeks ago. Mel was going home at the end of this tour, but Louise was traveling all the way to Darwin like me.
Like all good things, this had to come to an end because we had to meet the rest of the group at the bus. As we walked back, we passed a large group of people. I’m thankful that we got to spend an hour in the peacefulness of nature by ourselves. It was nice not to share it with anyone.
|Slide Album: Gulgurn Manja|
Next, we headed to Horsham and had lunch in a park. It was quiche and salad. I’d never really had quiche before so I figured I’d give it a go. Blech! I don’t think Andi cooked it long enough because the bottom was warm, the middle was cold and the top was lukewarm. Horrible! But, since everyone was hungry we just ate it without too many complaints. Dee, an older woman from England, was the smartest person in the group. She hit up McDonalds and got a burger instead of being subjected to the cold quiche.
After lunch we were on our way to Adelaide with a couple of bathroom breaks along the way. At Bordertown, we saw some white kangaroos inside an enclosure. They were unique looking, but I don’t see how they’d survive in the wild because they didn’t blend in with their surroundings.
|Slide Album: White Kangaroos|
By the time we reached Adelaide, everyone was ready for the tour to end. This leg had entirely too much hop on-hop off and was not well paced. For those of us continuing on to Alice Springs, the free day in Adelaide would be used to relax.