Great Ocean Rd

Trip Start Jan 04, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, June 1, 2005

I drove the four of us to Apollo Bay (the car had just been fixed and I wanted to try it out, plus the novelty of driving again still hadn't worn off, but it has now!), and we took the journey gently. We stopped off at a campsite to see some wild Koalas (not to camp), and then went on to Apollo Bay, where we had decided to stay. As we drove into town the sea was washing up onto the road and all kinds of debris were spread everywhere. We went to the tourist info and just by chance one of the local places had a 4-person bungalow for 120 dollars, so we booked up (this was Paul and Rhonda, and me and Laura).

We took a brief trip to a Lighthouse and on the way back saw my first wild kangaroo by the side of the road. Although Paul said it wasn't a kangaroo but a similar species I can't remember the name of, spoilsport. In the evening we went out for a meal to a local bar, and had a couple of drinks before retiring to our Bungalow for a movie.

The next day we did the Ocean Rd proper, seeing the 12 Apostles, London Bridge (not the real one) and doing a Treetop walk in Otway, we didn't get back to Melbourne until about 7:30 but we all had a good time.

On the Monday I spent the day preparing for the journey the following day, as I was beginning my travel back to Sydney. I cleaned and waxed the car (early ownership pride, probably the only time I'll do it), and got all my camping gear sorted out. In the morning I set off about 11, and had decided on the Ocean Rd rather than the quick rd. After a while I regretted this as I wanted to do the whole trip in one go (just to say I'd done it), but it was about 14 hours driving so it would have been 1-2am when I arrived. I stopped for petrol and asked directions and the staff looked very concerned and told me to watch out for wildlife if I wanted to go all the way to Sydney at night. So I decided to stay over for the night in a place called Merimbula, which was very quiet and dull, especially at night, but it did have a youth hostel.

I set off again early in the morning and got to Sydney about 2pm, the mission in Sydney is to either find work I'll enjoy, or find people to share a car with and head north sharpish. Find out how that goes in the next bit.
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