Well we have reached Eden, which for us is a milestone in Australia as it is actually on the East Coast. Having cycled all the way from Melbourne, seeing it way off on the map, it is great to be here. Eden is a whaling town (well was – whales are protected now of course) although we have missed seeing them this year, we get to see Old Tom’s skeleton in the museum. Old Tom was an Orca ( Killer whale) who helped the whalers by luring the huge Baleen whales into the bay before letting the whalers know so they could be harpooned. They let him have the lips and tongue (the only bits they eat) and they had the rest for oil and lots of other by-products.
Anyway, our journey to Eden included a few more hills than expected especially coming into the town itself. Apparently it only gets more hilly as we go north! So we have decided to stay here for Christmas (although it isn’t in the slightest bit christmassy compared to home), and managed to get the last pitch left at the Garden of Eden campsite. The staff are lovely, facilities are superb and we have a pool, and beach is 5 mins away. Chris has just splashed out and bought a huge tarpauline to give us some shade as it is pretty warm here and the tent is a bit sauna-like! Apparently Dec 26th everything goes mad as loads of people arrive for 3 weeks of summer holidays, everyone says we should stay off the roads that day. So, we have decided to join the holiday spirit and have a break here along with everyone else in Australia!
So a very big merry christmas from us, we’ve seen the snow pictures, so hope you are not too cold, but instead, are cosy and enjoying a glass of mulled wine whilst admiring your beautiful christmas tree!