To The South

Trip Start Oct 16, 2011
Trip End Apr 05, 2012

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

To The South...

Time for a road trip. We started off from Meredith at mid morning, due to the fact we had to drop Nikki and Laika off at the kennels before we could start on our trip down the Great Ocean Road. The kennels were in Balliang East, which is about a forty minute drive from Meredith. Apparently it was on the way to where we needed to be; it’s difficult to tell because all the road’s appear to be mostly straight, so it’s hard to know which direction you’re heading in, or truly get your bearings. 

We headed down out of Geelong after that and down the Bellarine peninsula towards Lorne and onward. We decided to stop for some lunch at Lorne which is apparently where the moderately rich of Geelong have their holiday homes, hence the reason that a simple cafe thought that it was reasonable to charge $30 dollars for what was essentially a toastie. I think not. 

We headed on towards Apollo Bay, stopping at various points to take pictures and such. It’s limestone cliffs from Geelong to Apollo Bay which means that you don’t get the fantastic ocean scenery that you get on the other side of Apollo Bay, but it isn’t bad! The sea was fairly rough so you could get some fantastic photos of the surf on the beach. We drove on towards Apollo Bay, getting their in good time at about mid afternoon. We were staying with some of Rob’s family who own an ex-B&B in Apollo Bay, called Spindrift. 

Apollo Bay is right on the Southern Ocean, with 2cm of the coast line eroding every year, which is a bit of a worry for those houses (including Ray and Ted’s) which is practically on the beach! Jess and I decided to go rock pooling soon after we arrived. The beach turns into a rocky walk on one side which allows for great rock pooling. The tide was coming in and you had to be careful that you didn’t end up getting cut off on the rocks. Apollo Bay also has a very long beach and we went for a walk on it in the late afternoon, I went for a paddle and discovered that the Ocean was extremely cold!! There’s nothing between Apollo Bay and the Antarctic; rather chilly!

On the Tuesday and Wednesday we visited the temperate rainforest of the Otway National Park, visiting Marriners Falls and Triplet Falls. The first was hidden deep in the rainforest down a small walking track, the other was far more magnificent but on a well walked wooden track. Supposedly, if you were lucky, you might have been able to see a platypus in the waterfall pools. I would’ve thought they’d have preferred somewhere rather more peaceful, but you never know. It’s great just to stand and watch the wildlife around in the rainforest; the different parrots and the other birds; all sorts of different colours around you.  On the Wednesday we went to a place called Turnets Track which is originally an old logging track through the forest so you can see the flora. It would have been great if there hadn’t been a massive drop on one side of the road, causing me to have my eyes mostly fixed on the road ahead.

After leaving the rainforest we headed to Johanna Beach in Blue Johanna, which is a little known massive beach on the Ocean. The water was really rough at this time and it did mention that if you wanted to surf you did so at your own risk because it wasn’t patrolled by a lifeguard. You’d of had to have guts to surf there; the waves were over 3m high and they were breaking a long way out, over and over again. It would have taken some skill... 

The day after we headed out down the stretch of road that makes tourists flock to that area, but more of that later...
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