Twelve years after my first trip to Australia, I received an invitation to attend my friend’s wedding. I think that weddings are one of the best excuses to travel (not that I really need an excuse) and I was delighted to find out that the wedding was taking place in a part of Australia that I didn’t get to visit the first time I went.
I knew that Bec lived in the state of Victoria, not too far from Melbourne but the invitation indicated that the wedding was to be held in a place called Kangaroobie, Princetown, approximately 20kms from Port Campbell. I was so excited to find out that this area is located along a stretch of highway known as The Great Ocean Road. It is here that one can see The Twelve Apostles, sculpted by the wind and sea.
The actual venue for the wedding is described on the Kangaroobie website as, “a world-class location – surrounded by the Shipwreck Coast, diverse ecosystems and natural bushland with abundant wildlife.” The website also informs that the word ‘kangaroobie’ means a resting place for kangaroos.
The Sunday following the wedding, I returned to Melbourne to catch a flight to Ayer’s Rock Resort in the Northern Territory state. I had already booked a flight for early Monday morning but I had not yet received confirmation about the accommodation and tour of Uluru. I had not been on-line for days. I stayed at the ibis Budget Melbourne Airport hotel which is walking distance from Melbourne airport. They had a coin operated computer terminal in the reception area. Although I could get on-line, I wasn’t able to connect to my email or to Facebook which meant I would be getting on a plane the next day, and going somewhere I had never been, without knowing if I had a place to stay.