We left Hobart after a few great days with our friends there. Last night a cold front moved through with rain and the top temperature was only 19 degrees today, felt rather nice actually, after 36 on the weekend. We are in Coles Bay tonight, next to Freycinet National Park. We are in a cabin right on the beach and went along the beach for a nice long walk this afternoon.
We went to Mt Field National Park outside Hobart with our friends Agata and Craig. The weather is very hot, well over 30 degrees, but despite that we took the hike up to Russell Falls. Their two daughters did very well, and we managed to get up there too. Now we are back in the harbour and it is time for a cold beer.
We came into Melbourne yesterday and met some sailing friends in the evening. We walked around this beautiful city with them and had dinner at a street market, great. Today we explored the city, and I took a break from the lively urban atmosphere at the wonderful Botanic Gardens. Melbourne has the largest Greek speaking population of any city outside Greece, and we had a nice and very Greek lunch at the favorite Greek restaurant today. I ate goat.
We spent today driving along the magnificent Great Ocean Road. Beautiful views, great beaches, and of course we stopped at the Twelve Apostels (but only saw seven).
After another nice hike this morning to the top of Mount Oberon, where we saw a tiger snake (very dangerous!) close by, we went further south and west and are in Cowes on Phillip Island now. We have tickets for the penguin parade tonight, there is no photography allowed, so I have included one of their pictures. The weather continuous to be nice and hot, tomorrow is supposed to be cooler with a top temperature of only 22 deg Celsius.
We have moved on after a week in our idyllic beach cottage. Tonight we are staying at the West end of Eden (no James Dean here either), in a very cute, historic B&B. Across the bay is a large mussel operation, a dinner reservation has been made and I know what I am having. The weather turned very hot, but the patio is shaded and breezy. Should be a great evening.