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Vic/SA: Cape Nelson Lighthouse, Portland

The lighthouse sits atop jagged cliffs, more than 50m above the sea on the Victorian coast at Portland. I think this is where I fell in love with lighthouses. Ever since, if I’m near a lighthouse I just have to go and see it. This one is still operational and provides a beacon over Bass Strait, one of the most dangerous waters in the world.

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The old cottages have been converted to accommodation since we visited but the lighthouse is no longer manned. Technology does all the work now.

Victoria/South Australia: Blue Lake, Mt Gambier

The Blue Lake sits in an extinct volcano. It is actually one of four crater lakes in Mt Gambier. One of the others is just on the other side of the road. For most of the year it is a regular deep blue colour but in November, and almost overnight, the colour changes to a deep, intense blue. This normally lasts until February and by March it has returned to its normal colour.

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All three of the above photos, when placed side-by-side, give a panoramic view of the lake.

The Pumping Station below is still used to provide fresh drinking water for Mt Gambier.

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Victoria/South Australia: Larry the Lobster

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Larry the Lobster sits outside The Big Lobster cafe in the small South Australian town of Kingston SE. He is nicknamed Larry the Lobster and was built to attract people and encourage them to stop and try some of the local food and wine. It certainly worked for us. After driving for hours without a break it was just what we needed.

Victoria/South Australia: Admiral’s Arch

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This is my favourite photo taken on our road trip in Victoria and South Australia. It’s one of my favourite photos I’ve ever taken.

Admiral’s Arch is in Cape du Couedic in Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island. It was quite a long walk along the boardwalk that lead down to the arch. We were really tired because it had been a long day of driving, catching the ferry then driving another 100kms to the other end of Kangaroo Island. We almost decided not to continue, not knowing what we were going to look at. A man overheard us talking about not continuing and stopped to tell us it is definitely worth the walk. We decided to continue. The boardwalk got very windy and every step I took down the stairs, I thought about having to walk back up. I really was that tired.

Once we got to the bottom and turned around we saw the arch and thought ‘Wow’. It was stunning. Especially as the sun was setting over the ocean behind the arch. I hardly noticed the walk back up all the steps with the memory of Admiral’s Arch.

Victoria/South Australia: Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island

The Remarkable Rocks sit on a hill on the edge of the island. They are made of granite and have been smoothed over millions of years. One side is very steep and slips down into the ocean. You can walk up on to the rocks but can’t go past a certain point because it is too slippery. They are covered by a beautiful orange lichen that gives the rocks a lot of interest. It’s pretty spectacular at different times of the day in different light.

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Victoria/South Australia: Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island

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These cute but very noisy Australian Sea Lions call Seal Bay home. There are different tours you can do to see them. We chose the Boardwalk tour because it was a self-guided tour but unfortunately we weren’t allowed on to the beach to get close to them. To do that you have to do the guided tour. We were able to watch them making their way very slowly up the beach to their homes in the sand dunes. You can almost feel their pain as they drag their heavy bodies across the sand. They have filled up on so much food from the sea that they can hardly move. Some don’t make it in one go and have to have a nap before completing their journey. They are very cute to watch though.

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Victoria/South Australia: Kangaroo Island

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The destination on our road trip was Kangaroo Island. It’s Australia’s 3rd largest island and is just off the coast of South Australia. You can fly from Cape Jervis on the mainland or take the ferry. If you know me you will know I would have chosen the ferry because I hate small planes. And small boats. So the ferry was the only option.

We got my car and drove off the ferry. Once we got to the top of the hill we weren’t sure what to see so we stopped to find an information office. They gave us a few suggestions and maps and we headed off to the town of Kingscote where we were staying. I noticed the view in the above photo in the rear vision mirror so stopped to take the photo. You can see across the sparkling ocean to the mainland of South Australia. It’s a stunning view.

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