Michelle and Charlie's Around the World Trip 2004-2005 travel blog

follow the yellow brick road

on top of our 4th of the 7 summits

view of the Snowy Mountains from the summit

the highest lake in the country

mountain bikers take over the ski slopes in the summer

first kangaroo encounter

we were thinking about moving some of these signs home to throw...

Charlie wasn't afraid of the surf at Squeaky Beach

another beach on Wilson's Prom

unidenitified "mate" at Wilson's

Michelle can't get enough of these guys


Having climbed the highest mountains on 3 other continents, we of course couldn't miss this slam dunk in Australia. The mountain is just over 7,000 feet, compared to our last one in Argentina which was over 22,000 feet. It's also a ski slope, so you can even take a ski lift up to within 6 kilometers of the summit. We didn't take this option, though, and headed straight up the ski slopes toward the top. It took an hour through tall grass and millions of grasshoppers to get to where the ski lift ends. On the way we had to avoid the mountain bikers careening down the paths - looked like fun and a great idea to keep the money coming into the mountain during the summer. From the top of the lift a path, paved at the start and then a metal boardwalk, led us to the top. The surrounding Snowy Mountains are pretty (there were actual small patches of snow still around) so there are plenty of hikers going to the top.

From there we picked a scenic dirt road to get toward the coast. We spotted our first kangaroos along this road, which was very exciting. We stopped to camp in a town called Lakes Entrance so we could see the "90 Mile Beach". From there we went to Wilson's Promontory, a National Park on the coast. It has beautiful beaches and views of the ocean. Our favorite was Squeaky Beach, named for the sound it makes when you walk across the sand. It also has some pretty vicious waves which Charlie enjoyed playing in. I swam at the calmer neighboring beach.

On the way to Melbourne we stopped a Philip Island which among other attractions, has a koala sanctuary where you can see my favorite animals up close from elevated boardwalks as well as from paths through the forest. The staff helps with spotting the little furry guys by putting up signs in the morning showing where to look. They are adorable. They mostly sleep, but some of them looked around and stretched and scratched and yawned. Such excitement!



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