Making the best of a bad tour.
Trip Start Oct 14, 2005
71Trip End ??? ??, 2006
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The best things we saw were skipped by, we saw a pink lake (caused by a certaintypeof algae in the water, but the local aborigines believe it is pink because of the blood from a great battle many years ago) which was cool, but we saw it for nearly a minute, and we travelled the great Ocean road for about 5 hours but only stopped once, and that was a crappy beach
Our tour guide was a funny fellow, funny weird that is, he was very bad tempered and seemed to really resent having to transport us about, and would come out with some very strange comments about human life being worthless and is only a comodity these days, and if you die then so be it, not to reassuring to find that the guy driving you along these roads near the cliffs is a bit blase about human life. I don't know if he picked up on the dissatisfaction among the group because we were not asked to fill in an appraisal form, which most tours do. He wasn't helped by a faulty microphone and bad weather, but he was not what I would call a good guide, especially after some of the tours I have been on
Fortunately i found salvation in 3 brits and a couple of Dutch guys, we had each other to be sarcastic and bitter with and generally have a laugh, which was good, because I had not a really good laugh for a long time, I think that is something I have missed since I got to Australia.
The funniest night was our last on the tour we were joined by a crazy Italian and Swiss girl from the other group who were travelling the same route as us. After cooking outrselves a beautiful mexican meal, we got very drunk and ended up dressed as pirates, monks and what ever else we could with all the left over sheets and pillow cases and jumping on each other to try and all fit on the sofa for the timer photographs, we ended up breaking the sofa and pretty much trashing the whole place but it was silly fun, and it was what I needed.
I would not reccomend doing this route as a tour, the company I went with was Wayward Tours, which had a very good reputation, but they all do the same thing. If you are in the area I think you would be better off hiring a car, or doing a tour solely of the Great Ocean Road, for the money it costs there is just not enough of interest from Adelaide to Melbourne to justify the outlay.