Off To Melbourne

February 15, 2010 · 5 comments

We spent a couple of days in Adelaide (separate post on the city later), visiting the sights including the zoo, pictures from that will be mid-week photo essays (first week is my more stylish photos, second week is sleeping animals and third week is the best of the rest).


Giant Lobster

Passing a giant lobster (not sure what the deal is with giant animals and Australia). The next destination was Melbourne, capital of Victoria. Melbourne isn’t too far away from Adelaide, so we took the coastal route, stopping at a very nice place called Robe on route.


Hows this for a parking space?

We passed our first live wild animal since our first day leaving Perth, not a kangaroo however, it was an emu, about 5 foot tall it was. We took things slowly and settled just past the SA/Victoria border (through another time zone) for the night.

Weirdly as soon as we passed the border, there seemed to be a lot of wild kangaroos about too, Victoria definitely takes the crown for amount of live kangaroos so far in this trip. With night falling and after seeing live kangaroos we noticed that every bush and feature along the road started to look like kangaroos too.

Kangaroo Tally:

Alive: 5 (in zoo) 8 (wild)  Dead: 2

Wild Emu Tally:

Alive: 1 Dead: 0

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JoAnna February 15, 2010 at 2:25 AM

I’m so glad you’re seeing more living kangaroos now. I was a little worried there for awhile.
.-= JoAnna´s last blog – Aboard a Catamaran in Huatulco, Mexico =-.


Chris - The Aussie Nomad February 15, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Hey mate. Us aussies have heaps of Giant attractions they aren’t just animals. There’s the Big Banana, Big Wool Bales oh the list goes on. A common theme for us when travelling is to get your photo taken in front of as many as you can.

Robe is kinda back where I grew up in Casterton. Kangaroos back that way are crazy, guaranteed to see even more if your driving on dawn or dusk.


AdventureRob February 16, 2010 at 6:18 AM

JoAnna – me too! It appears most of the alive kangaroos are to the east, and the ‘roo corpses seem to litter the west.

Chris – Yes I’ve heard about the giant things everywhere, I saw a few, it would have been nice to map them all out and visit them, they certainly break up the outback driving. I have a photo of me with a fishing rod ‘catching’ this lobster :-D I avoided dusk and dawn driving which I guess is why I was a bit kangaroo deprived on my trip.


marta February 16, 2010 at 8:12 AM

curious to see that picture now with you fishing that lobster.
that parking space is really the top, but won’t you worried to get bogged?
.-= marta´s last blog – Our unforgettable Top 10 of Australia East Coast =-.


AdventureRob February 16, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Haha, I’m tiny in it, I’m as tall as the pole holding up the front legs so just look silly and insignificent in the photo.

I saw a few others on the beach with their vehicles so was not bothered. If the water came in I would have been out of there in a snap though!


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