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Great Ocean Road

semi-overcast 18 °C
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Still the weather was up and down - but by all accounts this was Melbourne for you! Today was our overnight trip down Great Ocean Road.

We headed off to grab our hire car and started the trip - the sun was shining at this point - and we were stuck in a traffic jam due to road works trying to get out of Melbourne!

On an aside l really must say driving around Australia and finding where you need to go was so EASY - everywhere was really well sign posted - you really couldnt get lost!

So we drove toward Torquay - where l found a huge big outlet centre - where l forced Paul to stop! I was able to get Rip Curl Hoodie & top! There were so many cool wee dresses but l tried to stay sensible - l mean l was only travelling for a month and l was heading back to a northern hemisphere winter - not much call for wee dresses now really!!

Our next stop was at Bells Beach where Point Break was filmed - maybe cos it was overcast and trying to rain on us but l wasnt really that impressed with the beach to be honest! There were a few guys out in the water surfing (or trying to!)

We drove on out the road via Angelessa where we stopped for lunch, via Lorne and toward Apollo Bay.

The route was beautiful and the road was windy! I think the highlight for us had to be though find wild Koalas munching on eucalyptus leaves along the road side! And they werent adverse to getting their photographs taken either - quite enjoyed it l think!

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Our final stop for the day was in Apollo Bay where we had booked a B&B for the evening (Hayley Reef Views - run by a lovely mad Dutch lady called Nellie!) - we had a fantastic comfy double bed and there was a huge spa bath too - bliss!

So l made reservations for dinner that night as we had been advised to, then we lay down and promptly fell asleep and missing dinner reservations!

We headed into the town around 10pm - everywhere was closing - we were lucky to find somewhere to feed us pasta!
So an extremely quite evening with lots of sleep!

Jet lag catching up on us!

28th December 2006

We were pushed for time today as we had to be back in Melbourne to return the hire car by 5pm so we were up and on the road by 8.30am. It looked as the weather was on the up - there was sunshine and not so many clouds on the horizon.

We made it down to the 12 Apostles and spent around half an hour taking photos and enjoying the rock formations. I dont actually think there are 12 of them any more but even still the do look pretty amazing!

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We stopped by Thunder Cave and then to Loch Ard Gorge before making our way to see London Bridge (which has slightly fallen down!)

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We drove on past the Bay of Martyrs toward Warnabool where we grabbed some fish and chips - which was pretty good but the Ozzies havent found the pleasure of vinegar soaking your chips or brown sauce! It was then back to Melbourne via the in-land route.

We found an amazing pizza place up the street from the hostel that night - BYO wine with NO corkage charge, and for garlic bread, a pizza each, and 2 beers it cost £20 - how good is that!!

Posted by Purdy 04:43 Archived in Australia

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