I left the hot sun of Mission Beach for the much cooler climate of Adelaide sometime last week. It was a bit of a shock getting off the plane and piling on layers and layers of clothes for the first time in about two months. I have to admit the fresh breeze and misting rain felt really good.
Adelaide is a nice place – had a small town feel, and the city is nothing like Sydney or Melbourne in scale. Sort of like Victoria versus Vancouver. I didn’t have much time in Adelaide because I was booked for a Groovy Grape Tour of the Great Ocean Road from Adelaide to Melbourne. When Miranda was visiting Melbourne in July she said the Great Ocean Road was a “must do!” However, while I was in Adelaide I did manage to find a little farmer’s market with excellent hot chocolate, and had some nice walks along the river.
Grampians National Park
The tour group was small, but very diverse. We had people from: Ireland, England, Germany (only one!!), Iraq, South Korea, China, Wales, Mexico, Australia, Canada, USA, and Japan. We drove (and slept) a lot on the first day because we had to get a ways out of Adelaide before reaching the Grampians National Park. First stop was Mackenzie falls – very pretty! There were rocks in the pool below the waterfall that you could use to get to the other side, which was pretty cool.
We stayed in a cute little mountain town that had lots of kangaroos! There are two types of ‘roos in the area – Western Greys and Eastern Greys. Named just to confuse you because the Western Greys are brown not at all grey.
Another Geek Moment brought to you by Embalism:
About 430 million years ago (MYA) the Grampians area was a seabed that was lifted up by tectonic processes. As it had been a sea bed, it was sedimentary rock – lots of layers piled up on top of each other. Personally, I only find geology really interesting when you can clearly see the results of these large scale process and time scales… otherwise it’s somehow hard to find context for it all. Anyways, the Grampians are super cool because you can actually SEE where the seabed was lifted because in large areas there is no forest – just big slabs of mountain laying at an angle, and clearly layered. I found this super exciting and took lots of pictures; very few of which actually do the sight justice.
On a smaller scale, we also found some fossils! They’re the burrow holes of little crabs… no trilobites, but still cool.
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The Great Ocean Road
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