Day 19 – 20. We moved on from our riverside campground to higher ground at Lavers Hill. The drive via Apollo bay was again spectacular. We stopped at the fabulous Maits Rest rainforest walk for lunch and enjoyed playing in the enormous Beech trees.
We then called in at Cape Otway and climbed the light house at the junction of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. The boys freaked Kris out by racing around the top of the lighthouse without any apparent regard for the 20m drop to the ground below.
We arrived at craptacular Lavers Hill. Well – the fanciest car park we’ve stayed in so far. It had a toilet and electricity! The pub owner, Paul, quoted me $50 a night on the phone the night before.
When we turned up, I rang him and said “mate, I’m standing in the gravel patch you call a caravan park, I’ll give you $30 a night, take it or leave it” – he took it (he actually asked me ‘Jules, why do you want to stay here?’).
It was actually not too bad, and served as a base to visit the excellent Tree Tops forest walk. Basically an elevated walkway and viewing tower that takes you through, and then over the top of the spectacular rainforest.
James was loving it until he dropped his activity book marking chalk to the ground 45m below – “don’t worry mate” I said, “I’m sure there’s a growing pile of chalk from other kids who’ve done exactly the same thing” – He didn’t find it at all funny.
After dinner, we went down the road to Melba Gully to walk through the rainforest at night and spot the resident glow worms – nice, but the boys found it a bit creepy walking through the forest after dark (which, I might add, doesn’t happen here until after 9:30pm!). As always, the journey is part of the gift, and in this case I met some Americans in their 60’s who were riding pushies from Warrnambool to Brisbane – all in 7 weeks. Kris also chatted to an Austrian and German who were going to be leapfrogging us all the way to WA – we’ll keep an eye out for their Landcruiser.