The Great Ocean Road

Trip Start Mar 01, 2006
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Trip End Jul 09, 2006


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Tuesday, April 4, 2006

We left the Nunnery to set off on our great adventure to the Great Ocean Road and beyond. We managed about 10yds before remembering we left our pillows on our bed, so Thom decided to be heroic and go look for them. He came back empty handed and apparently reception told him they could be anywhere in Melbourne, never mind the hostel.

Saddened by this depressing news, we left Melbourne in a cloud of smoke, vowing never to go there again. Actually it wasn't that bad, but we left Melbourne in cloud, and we're not going back because other places call.

We traveled to Geelong on the motorway: 4 lanes just to ourselves - Thom felt like a player. After Geelong, the B100 starts, and Torquay is the next stop. And guess what, it's the surfing capital of Australia. How queer. Torquay is the home of Quiksilver and Rip Curl, and so we spent a bit of time looking around the shops there over lunch time. Thom looked at hats, while I decided that as "Bumless Ben" I should invest in a belt to stop my jeans from falling down. Oakley tried to rape me $90 for a belt, so I thought, hmmm... no.

After that the real Ocean Road began, and we twisted up and down mountains alongside the rugged coastline of Victoria. The car held out brilliantly, but we knew it would.

We got to a little village called Aires Inlet, where none other than the famous children's TV programme "Round The Twist"was filmed. Wow. It was such an honour to stand by the lighthouse where Bronson, Pete, the granny, the dad and the daughter, but we can't remember her name, lived

We eventually got to Apollo Bay, where we were staying for the night, after 6hours of driving. It was a really nice little coastal village, which was obviously really busy in the summer, but quieter in winter. We were booked into a YHA on Grape Boy 1 and 2's recommendation & they did not disappoint. One of the newest YHA's in Australia, and it was 'pimped to the Devo' as Thom put it. I don't know - all this new-fangled hip-hop-bee-bop-yo language. As you'll be able to tell from the pics, this place is pretty sweet. It felt like we were living in a celebrity's house - everything was decorated perfectly. The kitchens were really well equipped, which meant we could eat our 75p pasta meals in style!
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clayton33
clayton33 on

Great Ocean Road
Glad you're enjoying the Great Ocean Road. I still remember it very clearly from 27 years ago!! I guess it rates with the Amalfi Coast drive, but this is on a grander scale.

Sounds like you landed on your feet at the YH too.

ozzy2006
ozzy2006 on

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we sure did land on our feet, and we sure did make the most of it!! But you know me, only settle for the best in life. Thom on the other hand... lol

mummyx3
mummyx3 on

BUT TOM IS THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!
BEN STUBBENS , I ONLY PRODUCE THE BEST AS I HAVE PROVED THREE TIMES !

ozzy2006
ozzy2006 on

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Les, you can't carry on blaming yourself for the way Thom's turned out, it's not your fault!! Dont hit me thom, ow

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