Another highlight - having a large koala stalk across the road (safely) in front of my car. The surrounds of Flowerdale and Broadmeadow in Northern Victoria are a haven for echidnas, turtles, crazy numbers of magpies and cockatoos, wombats and - koalas. Flowerdale Retreat even apparently has platypusi and our team had a wombat waddle down the verandah outside one of the rooms. So dont just go there for the sharp turns of the Broadmeadow race track.
Driving back to Melbourne in the manual Boxster was a terrific end to a long but rewarding week.