|photo taken from a news item|
Sydney and Melbourne all use an e-TAG or an account (tag-less) Since July 2013 all toll roads in Australia adopted a cashless system. Two beebs are heard from within the car and money is taken from your account. So the problem for us is not my brothers car, having one of those gizmo already in it. No our problem is the caravan. Each vehicle has to be registered and unlike the British system where car and van number plates are the same, not so here in Australia. The caravan is hired and belongs to someone else. This means that every time we go under an electronic toll gantry, one payment is taken from my brothers account but the owner of the caravan, having not registered it, would get a penalty notice (number plate recognition). That is why we have to avoid any toll road while towing the van. Avoiding the tolls in Melbourne meant we will have to take a ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff, a shorter journey than through Melbourne but at a cost to us of nearly 90 dollars for a 45 minute crossing.
Finding another good tourist park near to the ferry terminal (we have a 9am crossing but need to be there by 8.30am) and wanting to see how long it would take, we drove toward Sorrento. 20 minutes later we had reached our destination.
|This will be us tomorrow|
Not a bad place to visit but we were under a bit of pressure. The only way down to it was by bus and catching the 3pm bus we were then told the last bus leaves Fort Nepean at 4pm. By the time we got there we only had 45 minutes. A whistle stop tour and we still didn't get to see it all. But we did have time to pause for a few minutes waiting for a Copperhead snake to move off the path!
The Great Ocean road adventure starts tomorrow. Ian has found several free camp sites but we need to be early as they are very popular. Apparently as told by someone who has stayed in one of these sites, the night sky is spectacular!
And the wildlife in the marine park
|Blue tongue lizard|
|This butterfly looks like,|
|This. Pretty ain't it.|