The Great Ocean Road

Trip Start Jan 11, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park
Port Campbell Holiday Park
Princeton Camping Preserve
Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve

Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Thursday, January 27, 2011

A week on The Great Ocean Road

On Thursday 27th January 2011, we drove from Melbourne to the Great Ocean Road. We stopped to look around Torquay and being the surfing capital of Victoria we headed to look round some surf shops. We drove through Anglesea first and then stopped at Aireys Inlet to see Split Point Lighthouse, as used on 'Round the Twist' an australian kids tv show. We then drove through Lorne (stopping at this place on the way back), Wye River and Kennett River. We spent the night at Apollo Bay a really quite pretty little town, it was a really scenic and beautiful drive down here.

The next day we drove to Cape Otway to see the Lighthouse there. We also stopped off at Cray Fish beach, it was such a beautiful empty beach. On the drive back to the main road we spotted a Koala sitting in a tree that was really low and close to the road (so of course we stopped to taking photos, it was so cute!)

We then continued our drive through Lavers Hill, Princetown and arriving at Gibsons Steps and the 12 Apostles at around 4ish in the afternoon so as it was a little later than we had expected. So we decided to drive to Port Campbell checked into a campsite there and then drove back to the 12 Apostles to view them at sunset, it was really beautiful to see, the only thing we would say is that now there are only about 6 and a half Apostles left standing due to the sea constantly crashing against these rocks, mother nature at work.

On Saturday we saw The Arch (which again due to the sea is no longer an arch), London Bridge, The Grotto all the way up to Bay of Islands, it was again so beautiful to see all these different types of rock formations, beaches and wild nature. We did a lot of walking as well as driving but finally in the evening we went to Hopetoun waterfall and spent the night back in Apollo Bay.

On Sunday we realised that we wanted to find Wreck Beach. We found out it was near Princetown, so we made our way there, finding a really cheap campsite along the way. The road to Wreck Beach was off road to say the least and in a HiTop Campervan was rather tricky for Jonny to drive especially nearer the beach itself where there were quite a few pot holes, rocking us side to side. We were worried the campervan would tip over onto its side, and that was the only type of damage the insurance we would not be covered for!  It was a beautiful beach to see with a couple of anchors from shipwrecks that had occurred in the 1800's. We spent the night in Princetown and decided to do another sunset at the Twelve Apostles not a great sunset as we had seen the previous day driving back from Hopetoun falls! but still great to watch.

On Monday we headed back through The Great Ocean Road to Lorne, we had only passed through here briefly on the way and knew we wanted to go back. On the way we stoped at Otway Fly a treetop walk starting through a dinosaur infested jungle, then leading up right into the tree canopy. It was really different to get this viewpoint from so high up, and how nature works together. We arrived in Lorne about 2ish in the afternoon, checked into the campsite and spent the rest of the afternoon washing clothes and cleaning the campervan, but still a great day, especially with a little interlude on the drive.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we spent these days lazying around and on the beach chilling out reading on our Kindles, just perfect after such a busy few days.

On Thursday 3rd February 2011 we left Lorne and headed to Canberra.

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