Monday, 15 April 2013

Flashback... Great Ocean Road


All photos copyright Robert May

Written 21st March 2011

Today was an early pickup just after 7am for a long trip down the Great Ocean Road, just out of Melbourne.  We took this trip and the Penguin Parade trip (tomorrow) with Go West Tours, and they were fantastic and extremely knowledgable and a lot of fun, I'd highly recommend them.

Start of the Great Ocean Road

On the way we passed through Geelong which looked cute and then our first stop was at Bells Beach, a really lovely looking and picturesque place.  Got some photos here and then hopped back onto the bus. A few more scenery shots and then we had a tea break at the fantastic Lorne. I think I could happily retire there with my cross stitch.

I *think* this one is Bells Beach

We carried on further down the twisty turny road (think snake pass for about 6 hours at F1 like speed), with me feeling borderline not too amazing, and then made a couple more snapshot stops and also a longer stop to spot some Koalas in the trees; we also saw a variety of birdies and an evil looking snake.

Koala

Lunch was a stop in Apollo bay for a quick sarnie, and ice cream, and then we continued via the Otways Rainforest, with a guided wander around.  Further on into Port Campbell National Park, and we arrived at the 12 Apostles, where we both took a short helicopter trip to view the amazing scenery from the skies.  

View of the Apostles from the air

Then, we made more stops to see Loch Ard Gorge and London Arch (Bridge).  The tour guide kept us very well entertained with stories and a variety of music appropriate to each of them.

Loch Arg Gorge

London Arch
(Previously London Bridge
before it collapsed in the middle)
The tour was really fun, if a little tiring because there was so much packed into the day, but we had a fantastic time, and as you can see there were plenty of photo opportunities for Rob.

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