Apollo Bay

Trip Start Oct 01, 2005
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Trip End Jul 21, 2007


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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

We got a reasonably early start (9.30) and began driving along the B100 or Great Ocean Road, which follows the dramatic coastline from Port Fairy to Melbourne. I cannot describe how nice it was to drive this car after Molly Duka. It was simply a joy.
The country is beautifully green and hilly and the fertile farmland stretches miles into the distance, not dissimilar in appearance to the English hinterland. We even spied a dry stone wall! There are regular turn-offs where you can walk down to the cliffs and look at the craggy sand and limestone rocks that have been totally left behind by the steady erosion of the south coast as a result of the harsh, biting winds coming straight from Antarctica.

The coast is being eaten away at a rate of 2cm a year, and the most notable of these unusual formations stranded out to sea are the so called Twelve Apostles which appear as tall thin sentinels watching over the cliffs and breaking the waves in their stead. There are only eight of them remaining as, one by one they inevitably capitulate, losing their frail integrity and crashing into the water. They cast a dramatic shape onto the sea and all look like they are about to give way as the waves crash inexorably against their lower levels making them top heavy.

We all met up with Nicks ex girlfriend Cass and her friend Sally in Apollo Bay that night and had a few beers followed by without doubt the most appalling Thai green curry we have ever tasted. The place was owned by a scouser though so more fool us!
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