View from the top of Old Man of Coniston hike in Lake District National Park, England.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Preston, Lancashire, England.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Wyke, West Yorkshire, England on May 29th!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Cancelled due to fire...

So in yesterday's blog post, I had mentioned that we had booked a pretty nice Airbnb host for our three night Hawaii trip in August.

Today, I get a message saying that they have had to cancel our reservation... due to fire!

No more info than that... so I don't know the details. But, I got back online and booked our second choice that was thankfully still available. A little less money, which is a good thing, but not as nice of a place either.

We woke up this morning, and it was not that cold. It had only gone down to 9C (48F) or so overnight, so it was quite comfortable for sleeping.

Our free overnight camp spot.

It had rained quite a bit overnight, but was not supposed to do much of that during the day. Which it didn't... but it sure was windy!

We packed up and headed back into Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Beautiful views.

The furthest south you can drive is the area called Tidal River. That's where the visitors center is located, as well as rental cabins and a 500 site campground! Despite the cooler weather, we are so glad that we are here at this time of year. What a zoo it must be in the summer!

There are quite a few trails in the area, and we chose a 7.3 km (4.5mile) hike to do before lunch.

The scenery is great with nobody around.

Overlooking Norman Beach.

We went back to the camper and had some lunch, then drove a bit further north heading out of the park to see some of the beaches along the way. Each one had a bit of a trail to get to it.

Squeaky Beach!

There was quite a bit of blue sky after lunch, but the wind was just as strong. Still, it was comfortable for hiking and we enjoyed getting another 4 or 5 kms done.

Squeaky beach is named because the rounded grains of quartz sand make a squeak when walked on. It would be a little more noticeable if there wasn't the strong wind! 

Can you see Ruth at the base of the big boulders?

Now can you see her?

On the way out of the park, we stopped once again, this time at the Wildlife Viewing Trail. It had advertised the fact that you might see kangaroo, wallaby, wombat or emus.

As soon as we pulled in, there were two emus there waiting for us. We didn't have that much interest in the kangaroos or wallabys because in all honesty you see them almost every day anyhow! But this is only our second sighting of emus...

Emu legs!

We exited the park, and went back to our free campsite at Shallow Inlet. Again, it's only free at this time of year.. again, a good reason to visit in the off season.

Wilsons Promontory National Park was good, but not fantastic. The scenery wasn't really any better than anything else  we have seen of the coastline so far, so while it was worth a visit at this time of year, but it's certainly not anything we would make a detour for during busy season.

Not sure where we're headed next. The local kids are on a two week break that just started right now, so hopefully we can avoid any busy spots!

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  1. Waratah Bay via Agnes Falls?

  2. What holiday is it that the kids get 2 weeks off school!

    1. End of term. Here in Australia, they work mostly on a full year school year. At the end of each term they get approximately 2 weeks off and the term that ends at Christmas is also their summer break and for that break the kids get about five weeks off.

  3. Simply gorgeous.. amazing views throughout... we here and wife id fearful of snakes etc... she's not sure of traveling as you are.. in your mind is there any reason to fear....??

    1. Yes, it is very beautiful.

      We don't fear the snakes, partly because of the area we are in right now is too cold for snakes at this particular time of year. The snakes hibernate during the cold season just like at home. Having said that we would still be out hiking and exploring even if the snakes were active, you just have to be very vigilant for them and for spiders, Remember people live here year round and they survive, it would be a very, very small percentage that actually get bit by one. We went hiking in British Columbia and the Yukon all summer last year where there are bears and cougars to worry about and it still didn't stop us. :-)

  4. What gorgeous deserted beaches! You are fortunate indeed, although bundling up to the extent that you had to for your gorgeous header photo is a bit too chilly for me. Still, a lovely header photo and others as well. Enjoy the solitude!

    1. They may be deserted now, but I bet in the summertime they aren't! You have to keep in mind that we are here during their winter, this isn't the area that you go to relax at the beach at this time of year. We aren't bundled up as much as you might think, we were both actually too warm and sweating during our hiking but the wind was very strong and it was cool at times but not freezing. :-)


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