Sightseeing on the Great Ocean Road

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
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Trip End Dec 01, 2011


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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Friday, March 4, 2011

It was still cloudy out in the morning but we saw bits of clearings in the clouds for sun so we went on our way to see the cliffs off the ocean road. First up we stopped at all the cliff lookouts which included the Grotto, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and Thunder Cave, and The Arch. Also we went to Gibson's Steps which were just stairs down to the sand...but there was a dead fish washed up on the beach! Haha.
Next we got to the Twelve Apostles but it was cloudy and rainy again so we sat in the van for a while waiting for the sun. Lucky us the sun came out pretty quick and so we went to see the famous rocks for ourselves. It was pretty beautiful and we were very happy to have had the sun come out for us!
Afterwards we made our way down the increasingly windy road to Lorne. James asked me (Jackie) if I wanted to try driving the road but I said no; I had learned to just keep my nose to the map or read so I wouldn't freak out on him as he took the turns and I thought it safer if we didn't switch seats and disrupt the flow we had going.
When we got to Lorne we stopped in at the visitor centre (like usual) and then found out there were public showers on the other side of the parking lot and were ecstatic at the chance to shower...we were getting greasy again! To our surprise they were hot showers too!! While we were in town we also stopped at a fresh fish store and picked up some scallops to add to our pasta for supper. Mmmmm.
Once we were cleaned up we went on our way to find a place for the night. We thought we might find something around Angelsea so we could take surf lessons in the morning if it was nice so we went a little inland to a free camp spot we saw on a map. When we got there though (after driving on more of those hated washboard roads) the spot was full of crew that were burning bush just down the road. Also the road they were burning around just happened to be the direct road to the next camp spot on the map and we ended up having to drive all the way around and to another highway then back down on some more crappy roads! We were happy to finally stop.
We went right to cooking our supper of scallops and pasta but were a little confused when we took the scallops out to cook them. When we buy them frozen back in Canada they only come with the white circle part but these had sacs that looked like tiny lungs attached to them and we didn't know if we should eat them. We cooked them with the sacs attached and then took them off after and tried a bit. It seemed ok but we were still unsure so we kind of mushed them up and threw it in with the scallops and pasta! (If anyone knows if you're actually suppose to eat that part and what to do with it let us know!)
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