Hitching to Perth Part 2 – Mount Gambier and Adelaide

Grampians was a magical place. So many interesting attractions and I’ve seen them all in two days! It’s time to say bye to my campsite.

My campsite in Grampians
My campsite in Grampians

I quickly dismantle my tent. I like to travel light, but decided to upgrade for this trip. I wanted something solid, waterproof and compact. I think I succeeded.

My tent - HI-COUNTRY DARGO MK2
My tent – HI-COUNTRY DARGO MK2

Hitchhiking Tip – Couchsurfing

It’s a website \ travel community, which I’ve been part of for a couple of years. I’ve created an account with my profile and used first time while travelling through Europe. People in many countries offered me to stay with them. I used it to socialise with other travelers and in result made some great friends… https://www.couchsurfing.com

I have sent a request on couchsurfing and have been accepted by Jason in Mount Gambier who agreed to host me for a night. I also left a public request for Adelaide and receive an offer of accommodation from Eric for 2 following nights, which I happily accept. I have plan for next 3 days, sightseeing of Mount Gambier and Adelaide.

I stop and admire several emu on the way to Hells Gap. Cautious birds are difficult to approach. I take a quick shower.I feel fresh, I’m buzzing with energy. I start to hitch in the middle of town.

I have a great start. My first driver stops within a minute and gives me a lift to outskirts of Hells Gap. Soon after I am picked up by Steve who is working on bush fire recovery of local area. I learn from him quite a bit about the history of Australia. I hear some sad stories about Aboriginal natives and Australia’s East Timor neighbours.

250 km with 5 drivers took me longer then expected but finally I made it to Mount Gambier. I have some time to look around before meeting Jason, my couchsurfing host. I find a sinkhole middle of town. The cave is full of plants and surrounded by a flower garden, it’s a cute place.

Jason picks me up, we drop my bags at his place and drive to a restaurant to see his friend. We have great time munching tasty food and chatting on numerous subjects. Jason is a nice host. He ensures I’m comfortable in his apartment, provides a fresh towel and entertain me with stories. We go to sleep early.

Early morning I bye to Jason and go for a walk to take a look at Blue Lake. There are few attractions in the area, but nothing to keep me here longer.

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Blue Lake, Mt. Gambier

I’m walking towards the exit of city when the car stops and Michael offers me lift. He noticed my backpack. I need to do some shopping first. He is kind enough to wait before taking me 50 km North. He is working in local winery. I get out of the car and look around. The scenery is spectacular. I starry at colourful vineyards, flowers and trees. I’m not in the rush to find a next ride.

Wally doesn’t disappoint. I enjoy 400 km to Adelaide with rock music and Henry (his ford car). Wally is driving home for the weekend to celebrate his sons 21st birthday. `A beer with the lad` he looks forward to. Adelaide is a big city. Wally takes me straight to Eric’s place. Such a kind guy.

Who is Eric?

My host in Adelaide is something else. A freak of nature, an adrenaline junkie with a head full of ideas and a dreamer. Eric reminds me myself. He shows me my room and explains why he was so eager to meet me. Eric is planning a trip through India, Pakistan, China… the list goes on and I start to laugh. We discuss borders, visas, hitchhiking, camping, hiking, temperatures, sleeping bags and so on. I like this guy! We spend the evening meeting his friends and checking out a salsa bar. I have a taste of fun Adelaide.

Eric recommends me to visit Morialta Conservation Park. He gives me a lift and I start sightseeing early morning. I enjoy a short hike and look for koalas in the area. I find a small waterfall and a couple of nice viewpoints.

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Koala in Morialta Conservation Park

I take a public bus and go to city centre. I like nature a lot and look again for some green space. My choice are Adelaide botanic gardens. It’s very pretty. I find a several examples of flora I’ve seen before and admire colourful parrots.

Botanic garden, Adelaide
Botanic garden, Adelaide

The nearby city centre is calling me. I walk through main streets, observe people shopping, working and chilling. Eric is cooking a meal in his mom’s place. I join them. We share tasty food and explore Glenelg area close to the beach.

Glenelg, Adelaide
Glenelg, Adelaide

Eric recommends me a hike and I prepare myself for next days. I enjoy long walks and this one should take me at least 3 days. I think I’m ready.

A) Hells Gap B) Mount Gambier C) Adelaide

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