Today we had the opportunity to tour Warrnambool with Marita, our international advisor. We were supposed to meet her at the bus stop at 10am to start the day. We were quite surprised at the vehicle that came to pick us up! Typically Marita goes through Gerry, a guy who provides a driving service around here, and he apparently gave us a deal on a limousine!
We drove around for a while, checking out the coastline.
We stopped at Thunder Point to take a few photos and enjoy the scenery.
Then we headed to Tower Hill, which is home to a currently inactive volcano. It hasn’t had any activity for hundreds of years, and is now host to a nature area. You could see the lava air bubbles in the rock layers as we drove down into the area.
We made the short (but steep) climb up to the top of Tower Hill in order to see the spectacular views all around us.
When we got back down to the bottom to meet Marita (who was cooking a BBQ), an emu had been attracted by the food. I guess they’re quite brave around here and will commonly come up to you looking for a snack. They’re like the squirrels or birds we have back home… just supersized.
After a bit of searching, we were also able to find a koala! That was the highlight of the day for me! I was kindly informed that they’re not “koala bears” around here, just koalas. Supposedly calling them “bears” gives you away as a tourist… as if my accent doesn’t do that already!
We did do some searching for a kangaroo, but never came across any. I’m sure we’ll see some at some point, so I wasn’t disappointed. I was just happy we found the koala! He was pretty cute and quite photogenic at the moment. We drove back to Deakin around 3pm.
Tonight I was invited to go with some of the girls to check out a band that’s playing in town. It sounds like it might be worth checking out, so we’ll see how that goes!