Not the place we planned to stay...

Trip Start Jan 31, 2006
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Trip End Dec 11, 2006


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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Richard

After a stroll along the beach in Apollo Bay - see the photos in our last entry for how nice it was - we had a look around Apollo Bay itself before heading off again for our next destination, Port Fairy.

On the way to Port Fairy we stopped off at the Otway Flywalk which had been recommended by people we knew and the books. The Flywalk is a walkway that takes you several hundred feet up into the forest canopy. These kinds of things can be a bit naff sometimes but the Flywalk was really very good. Rather oddly you didn't climb up at all to reach the walkways as they started on the side of a valley/ravine and headed out meaning that after only a couple of dozen feet we'd gone from walking on the ground to being several hundred feet up! The centrepiece of the Flywalk is the observation tower which puts you even higher into the forest canopy. Now, while I don't mind heights once I'm up I don't deal too well with climbing. I was therefore less than enamored with the spiral staircase up to the top of the tower, particularly as it seemed to be covered in kids whose idea of fun was to run up and down it seeing if they could make it sway (I'd have happily kicked at least a couple of them off). Fortunately, the view from the top was worth the effort as you can hopefully see from the pictures.

After the Flywalk we continued up the coast to Port Campbell where we stopped from lunch. By now we were properly gripped by a fish and chip fever so had them again on the seafront. What we weren't expecting though was to be given enough chips each to feed a family of five! Seriously, we must have been given about a kilo of chips with each portion of fish. By the end the meal it was safe to say we were totally 'chipped out' and it would be a while before we could face them again!

After lunch we continued on to Port Fairy where we intended to spend the night. However, what we hadn't counted on was the fact that over the weekend the replica of the Duyfken would be in town. For those who don't know, which included me until I read up on the subject, the Duyfken (which means little dove in Dutch) captained by Dutchman Willem Janszoon, was the first European ship to reach the shores of Australia. Now I'd always thought that Captain Cook had discovered Austalia in 1770, but it was actually the Dutch who discovered it first in 1606 (what Captain Cook discovered was the Eastern shore of Australia which the Dutch had not ventured round to from the West where they had landed). Added to the replica being in town there was also a Dutch ball being held in the local high school, all of which meant that Port Fairy was pretty much full.

By now it was dark and raining so rather than trawl around every hotel/motel/guesthouse in Port Fairy, we headed back up the coast to one of the towns we had passed on our way to Part Fairy, Warrnambool. There were no European balls being held there so we were able to find a room quite easily and take refuge from the rain. Because of the rain and the fact we were somewhere not so picturesque, we decided to have a quiet night in and keep our fingers crossed that the rain would have cleared up by the morning.
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