Andrea’s Adventures in the Land Down Under (2014) – Return to Oz

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.

12-apostles-great-ocean-road

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.

 

inside-at-kangaroobie

Interior of the main building at Kangaroobie

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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