Waking up to dark skies before the rise of the sun, I crawled out of the tent and quickly packed up our home for the night. Our vehicles were packed, we looked scruffy, but we were ready to capture the sunrise. I sat in my car and could hear Wade attempting to start his Defender, with every attempt it wouldn’t start. Seemed a shame but I thought “No worries”, we will jump start his car with mine. Pat turned the key in the ignition and the awful familiar ‘tick, tick, tick’ sound came from my car. I couldn’t believe this was happening, especially at 5am with our chances of seeing a beautiful sunrise fading. There was only one option… We needed to clutch start the Defender. So there we were pushing the extremely heavy and solid 4WD in hope we could get it started in the dark. As the Defender rolled along, Wade got the engine started. I’ve never felt so relieved. We quickly hooked up the jumper leads and got my car back up and running and with little time to spare we made it to Loch Ard Gorge at first light.
I had wanted to visit Loch Ard Gorge for years, and I was lucky enough to be here during a picture perfect sunrise. The lighting was beautiful and the ocean so calm, not sure there is a more peaceful spot to welcome a day. There wasn’t a soul in sight, so we took advantage of our luck, snapping numerous photos and running around in the freezing sea breeze. After making the most of this moment, it was time to get back in our warm cars and begin the search for a well earned coffee and breakfast before heading home.