Walk off The Earth- Magic
Our decision to visit Wilson’s Prom was based mainly on my need to walk around a bit and blow off some steam, and also partially because it is the most southerly point on mainland Australia. As we headed towards it we realised we wouldn’t make it there before dark and decided to stop at the Wilson’s Prom YHA which was in the nearby village of Foster. This was one of the most bizarre hostels I have ever stayed it. Basically just a normal house, it was unmanned and to gain access you had to call the owner, who would then deal with your reservation over the phone, allocate you a room and give you the code to get into the door. Despite this slightly confusing and disorientating process, once inside it was like someone’s seaside holiday home and the size gave it a great community feel (I also enjoyed having power points, lights and warm showers since we had been sleeping in the van non-stop since Sydney)
The following morning we said goodbye to all our new friends and headed to the Prom (referring to it as ‘The Prom’ makes it sound like we were attending a coming of age school dance, but it’s just what the locals call it, honest!) After a fairly long drive into National Parkland, we arrived at the information centre, where maps were available and camping fees payable. Cue somewhat bizarre conversation with bored-seeming National Park worker (B.S.N.P.W)
Me: We’re just after an unpowered site for the night if possible?
B.S.N.P.W: (in mock British accent) an unpowered site? (Back to own accent) love it! So we just need a few details, obviously you’re from the UK? (Starts filling in registration forms)
Me: I am indeed
B.S.N.P.W: I’ve always wanted to go to England, but I’ve heard there’s not a lot of jobs there at the moment with the recession…is that true
Me: Not really, as long as you’re not too specific about what you want to do you can usually find something.
B.S.N.P.W: Oh ok, so the unemployment isn’t as bad as the news makes out?
Me: Well, I have a lot of friends who have been made redundant from jobs a couple of times already and are only my age.
B.S.N.P.W: Oh that’s such a sad story, don’t worry, you don’t have to pay anything for camping tonight. You should tell everyone that story!
Me: (somewhat confused) Urm, ok, thanks….
B.S.N.P.W: Well best of luck both of you in your search for a job
The BF: (mumbled so as not to show his Australian accent) Thanks…
|The BF's pet Wombat|
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|Celebrating my victory!|
Turk Meets....Some Highland Cattle
|Turk was feeling a little camera shy today, but he had a nice chat with these furry guys!|