The Great Ocean Road to The Grampians

Trip Start Feb 28, 2009
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Trip End May 02, 2009


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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Gosh, this has been a long day!
Long, because we got to bed at 1:30am last night, as we sat up drinking and chatting to some of the other people staying at the hostel. Got a little tipsy, me on the wine and Morten on the whisky, and we had to get up early, for our trip up to The Grampians.
And long, because we have been driving for at least 6 hours today.
But it has been a great day.
We set off from Apollo Bay at 9:30 this morning, it was raining and the first leg of the route was across loads of hills with sharp bends and us both being a little hungover that did not go down too well.... Felt like trowing up.
Finally, after about 1 hour we got over the hills, the rain stopped and we were then driving along the coast, which was flat and sunny. We stopped at the main sights on The Great Ocean Road, the 12 Apostles and all other rock formations on the route and they were all spectacular. We pretty much had the road to ourselves and after yet 1 hour we finally reached Port fairy and the folk festival.
Port Fairy is a lovely beach / habour town, really cute, but the festival was not really for us so were quite happy that we were not staying there. Turns out the place is all booked up at least a year in advance this weekend due to the festival, so whatever, we would never had gotten in, but it was nice to pass through and have the obligatory fish n' chip lunch. Yum yum, fresh and tasty!
We were only in Port Fairy for an hour, but we managed to walked a little round the habour and beach and it was great.
But by then, we were knackered, it was 4pm and we still had a 2 hour drive to The Grampians, so we just had to get our act together and get up here.
The drive turned out great, long stretches of road with absolutely no cars, the sun was shining and the countryside had change to farmer country with cattle and fields all over.
Then we entered the The Grampians Natural Park and everything change to woods and rocks and now we are at the hostel in a small town called Halls Gap in the middle of the park. It is a real wooden hut, walking boots kind of place and everybody here come for one thing, the walks. Tomorrow we are doing some of them and hopefully we will get to see some of the wildlife in the park.
But, highlight of the day, seeing kangaroos! So far we have only seen the roo marinated steak we had for dinner last night plus a dead one by the side of the road but as soon as we entered the park, we saw loads. Great stuff.
We are really tired, Morten is fast asleep on the sofa next to me as I am writing this, so I'll carry on tomorrow with more tales from the forest.

Nighty night XX
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