wildlife and the not so wild ones .Victoria.

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My first encounter with kangaroos and wildlife on this trip was when Julie, my host brought me to a wildlife conservation park. :) It was a very hot day and all the kangaroos were hiding under the trees.

Shortly after, when I was staying with the Melzaks, on the first evening when I was there walking the dogs with Vini in the Barwon Downs NP, a Kangaroo ran into our path in the bush! It came so fast I couldn’t even react to it. I was excited and shocked at the same time, however Vini seem very calm and it was a regular sight for him. I came to understand why so, koalas hangout at their front yard, kangaroos come into their backyard. I was lucky to see kangaroos and wallabies on our drives but not hurt them in anyway.

I also encountered some not so lucky ones, baby penguin that might have hit the rocks and didn’t make it. On my drive from the great ocean road to the grampians I counted a total of 11 road kills. No pictures as I couldn’t bare to stop to take photos of the poor things.

There was a few times when I spotted kangaroo/ wallaby next to my car as I was driving, luckily they did not jump in front of my moving car.

Wildlife encounter counter: koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, snake, hedgehog, penguins, parrots, emu, kookabaru, magpies, many types of birds and insects.

Some of these animals came and went so fast or were too far I did not managed to take any photos. Each of these experience are unique and special to me. :)

Working towards sustainable agriculture .Great Ocean Road.

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Learning about sustainable agriculture with the beautiful Melzak family. Not only do you split your household garbage for recyclable and non-recyclable, you also have compost bins and of cos chooks! Rainwater is collected and filtered for drinking, cooking and washing. Sewage water is cleaned and filtered for watering the plants!

It’s not only about growing your own food, but doing it with care for your next generation, returning minerals to the earth, to allow it to grow beautiful food for you again, it’s a cycle.

Wwoofing exposed me to things which I have absolutely not done before. Collecting fire wood and kindle from a privately owned bush, clearing roo poos (can’t seem to escape from poos, can I?), pruning, vegetable and fruit picking, preparing dandelion leaves for the chooks, cleaning the chook shed.

Organic is the way to go! I do wish I have space to do this back home.

Well hidden gem in the Otways .Barwon Downs.

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This is my next stop as a wwoofer! It’s a joy staying with Vincent, Minori and Misha Melzak! Baby Misha just turned 4months old and she is just the happiest baby I have met! Vini and Mini have hobby farms. This one is in Barwon Downs, which cuts across the Otways National park from the great ocean road.

Work here includes weeding, digging, watering of plants, walking the dogs and playing with Misha!

Weather has been hot and cold here, it could get really cold at night and really hot in the day.

Mini is a great cook! Prepared all the wonderful Japanese curry dishes, hmmm, delicious!