Mad dogs and Englishmen…

…climb Mount Oberon in the midday sun. And then hang about at the top of it until it chucks it down with rain and they have to sprint 3.5km back to their car.

I left Graeme and Gill’s this morning with the intention of stopping off at nearby Wilsons Promontory National Park to take some pictures of the coastline while the sun was shining.

The Prom, as it’s known locally, has some fairly spectacular scenery, with rainforest, bush and England-esque rolling countryside all leading to pristine beaches and rugged coastline.

Wilsons Prom
The drive down there and the walk up the mountain in glorious sunshine were pretty nice too – sitting overlooking the bay was another one of those travelling moments when you have to pinch yourself to make yourself believe you’re really on the other side of the world, completely alone, on the top of a mountain.

It wasn’t until I’d been up there for a while, getting increasingly more arty with my photographs and admiring the nice lighting effect the dark rolling clouds were having on my pictures, that it dawned on me that the clouds were a sign it was about to rain.

And not rain a little bit either. I’m talking instant torrents of water gushing down the mountainsides, washing away the gravel roads and filling up the creeks. Having legged it down the mountain back to the car, I had to drive at 20km/hr the whole way out of the park as it was impossible to see more than a few metres ahead.

It’s hard to know how much more rain the land here – and the crops – can take. Brad, a Nuffield chum I stayed with last week, told me he’s had 72mm of rain today, 38mm of which fell in just 15 minutes. While rain is forecast to clear near him, other towns are braced for further flooding.

According to experts at an Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences conference yesterday, quality has been “significantly lowered”, but I’m hearing rumours of some farmers not even being able to cut the feed wheat as it’s all been completely flattened.

We can’t do anything but keep our fingers crossed for dry weather, but it’d be very nice if things cleared up soon. If not just for the crops, then for my photographs too – some blue skies would make a nice change.

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3 Responses to “Mad dogs and Englishmen…”

  1. Julian G


    Really enjoyed looking through your blog. But one slight omission. Where’s the cricket report?

    Hope you’re having a fab time.


  2. Caroline Stocks

    I take it you haven’t spoken to Mike or Paul about my ‘love’ for the ‘sport’. I’m considering pretending to be German when the next game starts so I can avoid getting into conversations about it and having to pretend I give a monkey’s about an egg-cup full of ash.

  3. Julian G

    It’s an urn, albeit a small one!!!! Just enjoy the opp for some Aussie bashing. Don’t often get the chance!!!!