Adelaide - Melbourne - Perth
05.02.2010 - 22.04.2010 28 °C
I had found some people who would take me along the Great Ocean Road. Thomas had been travelling all over Australia with other backpackers, and they were staying with his sister, Nyssa, in Adelaide, so I stayed with them. While I was there we went to the West Indies vs Australia cricket match, which Australia won.
Thomas, Kati, Cyril and I drove along the Great Ocean Road. We saw the big lobster at Kingston, the blue lake at Mount Gambier, then spent the night at Port Nelson lighthouse. The weather turned bad as we crossed the border into Victoria. We went to the cheese factory and had free samples of cheese, then to The Bay of Martyrs, The Bay of Islands, The Grotto, Lock and Gorge, London Bridge and The Arch. By the time we got to The Twelve Apostles it was so foggy we couldn't see them! So we drove strait through to Melbourne.
In Melbourne I stayed with a Christian family from Sri Lanka for 3 weeks. Maurice and Dileeni had 3 children - Abigail, Shemara and Denal. They also had another student from India renting a room from them called Shweta. In Melbourne I did a few self-guided walks around the city and saw most of the main sites. I went on the Neighbours tour, saw Ramsey Street, some of the set and met Dr Karl Kennedy. I went into the kids school a few times and to their church. I felt very out of place in Melbourne - a backpacker in a very fashion conscious city, so I decided I would move on to Perth to find a job.
Spencer, who used to be the pastor at the family church in Dorchester, had moved out to Perth a couple of years ago. He put me in touch with a couple of girls, Naomi and Ami, who were looking for a flat mate. In Perth I got very involved in church life, with 4 services a week I spent a lot of time there and met a lot of people. I helped Lauren set up for a new Christians meeting most weeks with Bec, Nadia, Nicole and others. The church had a punk band, Global, who played 2 services each week. There was a camp which they played at that I went on. I went to Scarborogh beach one day, but it was very windy and the sand hurt a lot, so I didn't go back! One day there was a massive hail storm and a lot of cars got smashed up. The water was pouring in through our closed windows and doors, and electricity was out in most of the city. I went to the fremantle street arts festival with Nat and Marry-Anne, which I loved. One performer showed us how to get out of a strait Jacket, and another did a backflip off a ladder through a flaming hoop. Shardae and Lauren took me to the Swan Valley, a wine region just out of Perth. We went to the chocolate factory and had heaps of free chocolate. I went to Rottnest Island where I met some people who asked me to join then cycling around the Island. It hurt a lot, but the scenery was beautiful and we saw lots of Quokkas - large animals that look like rats, but are actually very friendly.
I was in Perth for 7 weeks and met some great people. I couldn't find a job and felt very homesick, so decided to finish off travelling Australia and then go home.