Great Ocean Road Day 95 (Aug 23rd)

Trip Start May 20, 2009
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Trip End Dec 22, 2009


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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Sunday, August 23, 2009

After an early rise we headed to the Grand Canyon in the Grampians National Park for some great sights of the amazing rocks and cliffs. After we headed to the cultural Aboriginal centre to learn about the history of the Grampians park and tell the story of the Aboriginee people and how the Grampians were formed. After I explored the neighbouring park i saw some kangaroos roaming freely around, about 50 in total. I was able to get quite near to some of them and get some good pictures, whilst others started hopping away and jumping over the fences. They are quite funny, their ears prick up and they stand up when you get near them, they also scratch their bellies with their paws. After a 2hr drive we stopped off for lunch. We then carried onwards to the start of the Great Ocean Road, stopping for drinks and food. The skies were a bit more cloudy today but there have been blue sky patches throughout the day. On the way to our next point we spotted some really cool wildlife, an echidna by the roadside and a black wallaby that hopped away as soon as we drove past. Next we stopped off for sandwiches and the Koreans played a dare game, which was hilarious, culminating in Smth and Lisa having to eat haf a lemon each!! We finally made it to the official start of the Great Ocean Road, we all got out and had some pictures taken with the hagrid sign, which looked a state considering its promoting one of the best scenic drives in the world. However we got some fun pictures. Our next stop was the majestic bay of islands, in Australia this time (not NZ) and again it was a stunning location, maybe even more beautiful. The rock stacks that stood out of the water looked striking and unreal, a true wonder of nature, while the cliff surfaces were a strong orange colour with the giant waves pounding hard against them. Our next destination was even better, London Bridge, a giant rock stack resembling a bridge, I was blown away as the waves crashed within the hollow tunnel section, it is such a unique rock formation and so large and well defined. The waves were massive and made the scenary more dramatic. After we took in the wonderful sights we headed to the Twelve Apostles for Sunset. When we arrived the sky had turned an orange colours and the apostles (rock stacks in the sea) looked amazing, silhouettes surrounded by orange. Unfortunately when the sun did eventually set it got stuck behind clouds so we didn't have a true sunset, but the image we saw when we initially arrived was a great substitute. In the evening I got to know my great Korean friends even better by playing some drinking games!! They taught me some really cool games, including "bunny, bunny", I will show you all when I get back, lol. I had a great time, but went to bed at 1:30pm, as they continued the party.
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