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Adelaide, Australia
one stop on Wendy's & Joe's world tour 2004/05

Adelaide, Great Ocean Road, Bridgewater, Waga Waga


Kind of travel: Travelling alone
Year of this voyage: 2004
Author's age: 30-45 years

Journal Update 22nd Dec 2004 / Heading for Adelaide, Australia
Hi Folks
Well we have now travelled a good deal of The Great Ocean Road and are now in Portland Library at the end and planning to head up to Adelaide. This morning we were in Port Fairy and had a tip off that we could buy fresh crayfish from the fisherman as they came in with the morning catch. We hung around with our bucket and proceeded to buy the one last crayfish they could spare. Then we had to kill the poor thing by drowning it in fresh water. Before we could do it, it had jumped out of the bucked and in sat cowering by the break peddle. I feel a bit bad eating it now as I was saying to Joe it has had a really traumatic time since this morning when it was swimming happily in the port. Joe is planning to put him on the bbq with a bit of garlic, but I keep seeing his little black beady eyes looking at me and I don't think I can go through with it!

We have also seen a real kangaroo since our last instalment. He hopped past when we were in quite a rural camp site down the Ocean Road. He was being followed by a line of kids who were all going shush as he hopped by. In a national park yesterday we saw some koalas hanging out in the eucalyptus trees with their babies which was quite, quite lovely.

We visited a light house which was very spectacular. The scenery is really breathtaking and The 12 Apostles, which are 12 eroded rock formations out from the headland incredible to see.

Journal Update 23rd Dec 2004 / Xmas in Adelaide
Hi folks
You will be glad to know Joe boiled Ronnie the crayfish and it didn't kick for long! It was mighty tasty too.

Ronnie & Reg Receive the Last Rites
Today we have driven from Mt. Gambiar to Adelaide and plan to stay here until Boxing Day. We are staying right on the beach where an 18 year old boy was eaten by two sharks last week, so we are not planning to go for a dip, even though it is about 35°. We have just had a look round the local market selling all sorts of delicious food for Xmas. Luckily they are selling it all off tomorrow at 4.00pm so we will be in there sniffing out the bargains. Joe has his heart set on a flagon of cream sherry. A kindly couple invited us in to their caravan on The Great Ocean Road and introduced us to the delights of the local sherry, which tastes of sultanas. The port is not so good though much cheaper than beer and Joe says it is economising as you have to drink much less to get pissed.

The guy who owned the caravan worked at the spooky school featured in scary 70's Australian movie Picnic at Hanging Rock. He said it is a true story, but my guide book says otherwise (who knows?).

The trip down here was incredible, with fantastic panoramic ocean views and fantastic modern architecture houses along the route.
Yesterday we trekked out to Bridgewater bay to see seals enjoying basking in the 30° sunshine and seemingly dancing in the wonderful blue ocean. The flies were and are an absolute nuisance though and dive for your mouth and eyes (yuck). They liked Joe in particular (I wonder why?). We also saw a porcupine and stroked his spikes and emus. So we are not doing too badly for wildlife.
On the other coast we saw plenty of Roo's but they were all horribly squashed on the side of the road.

Wendy gives Joey a Bear Hug
We also visited a billabong park and did the cuddling the koala photo and stroking the Joey photo. Well we had to do a Joey with a Joey shot didn't we?

We got some good tips last night from a guy who had cycled around the whole of Australia but was stranded as his bike had just died. We felt sorry for him stranded for Xmas as Australian towns can be very dull. We had lunch at a place called Kieth this afternoon and I wouldn't wish Xmas in the caravan park there on my worst enemy. Even the trailer trash had cleared out!

Journal Update 24th Dec 2004

We got our king prawns for the BBQ and some cheese, nuts and biscuits. A bottle of Oz bubbly and are all set for Xmas in the back of the van. Love you all.

Will be at church tonight for midnight mass.

Foreword to Journal Update 26th Dec 2004
Tsunamis Devastation in Asia & India

The events in the wake of the tsunamis unleashed by the earthquake which measured nine on the Richter scale (the biggest for 40 years) devastated the shoreline of seven countries to include: Thailand; Malaysia; Indonesia; India; Sri Lanka; and the Maldives. The epicentre of the quake was just off the northern tip of Sumatra Island. Just west of Sumatra lies a major fault line in the earth's crust between which two tectonic plates - the Indian, on which the Indian Ocean and Australia sit, and the Eurasian one on which Europe and Asia sit.

On the 26th December 2004 the two plates slipped and the Indian plate moved 10 metres in seconds. The ocean floor was forced upwards by 100ft and the released energy generated a swell which started the tsunami. Waves gathered speed reaching 300-500mph. They then slow to around 30 - 50mph near the coast as friction increases, but also gain height. The tsunami then crashed on to land, travelling up to two miles inland.

Joseph Brilus
Joseph Brilus

Wendy Brierley
Wendy Brierley


We decided to blow the deposit for a house on a grand world tour through 2004. We booked through STA travel and put together a brief itinerary including the Far East, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. As it turned out we experienced China, Bali, Fiji and many more places in between.

We decided to end the trip with a wedding in Las Vegas (which was very memorable!) As a wedding present my brother put together an on-line travel blog for us which was a great tool for documenting our journey. This experience truly changed our lives and we encountered many fantastic people through out the world. I hope you enjoy reading some highlights of our journal!

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Journal Update 30th Dec 2004 / South Australia

We are now in a place called Waga Waga or Woga Woga as they seem to like to call it here! As you can imagine have spent most of the last few days in complete shock as to what has happened to many of the places we have visited over the last 10 months.

We have now heard from Mr. Bongo and Karina in India who are fine and Joe's mate who we think was in Ko Lanta is okay but we haven't heard from our friend Andy. We looked up Kamala Beach on the internet and it looks like it took the full brunt of the wave so we are wondering what next to do.

We are well despite the nightmare in Asia and have travelled thousands of miles over the last week from out in the South Australian outback where we spotted red kangaroo's en-route to Canberra. Not in the mood for a big New Years celebration so planning to be going back to Melbourne for the 2nd to return the van. We fly out on the 3rd. I hope you are all well and send much love to all the family.

Wendy Brierley

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