14 October, Wednesday
Finally met up with Ann again after parting ways in Cambodia – mountain biking about, seeing Angkor Wat, eating scorpions and balut – about 2+months back! Decided on taking a trip out of the city since we had the car + go somewhere Ann hasn’t explored.
We googled a few places and settled on Hanging Rock cause apparently it’s a 6,000,000 year old rock! More specifically, it was formed when a particularly stiff type of lava formed a rounded pile of layers on the surface as it was squeezed through a narrow vent in the earth.
6 MILLION YEARS! That’s insane and sounds majestic! It’s also one of the world’s best examples in the world of a volcanic feature known as a mamelon (French for nipple, hehehe).
Entrance fee: $10/ car
All fuelled up and ready to rumble, it took us ~40 minutes to reach the Hanging Rock. The drive in was really scenic and serene! I’m so glad to be surrounded by nature and people who appreciates it too.
We spent close to four hours just walking and being in awe around such natural formations. We needed to leave soon before the reserve closed at 5pm or else we’d be locked in forever.
As we were about to drive out, I spotted something lying on the grass patch and it was a kangaroo!!!
We immediately dashed out with all our cameras and slowly approached it for pictures. City girls don’t get close to wildlife so often. The only “approachable wildlife” we have in Singapore are stray cats. Pigeons and crows do not count.
See a wild kangaroo: ✓
See a wild koala bear: x
Still on the search to have the “complete Aussie experience” of spotting their wildlife!
Was a good day spent! We ended it with a hugeass Korean meal at Han Guuk Guan, as recommended by Ann.
It was $16.50 for the split bowl and I would say well worth the money. We couldn’t finish our own portions so we took away the remaining and it made up one part of our lunch the next day!
Next up: Great Ocean Road!
Read more about my exploration at Puffing Billy/ Mount Dandenong and my earlier days spent in Melbourne.
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