Great Ocean Road and Grampians

Trip Start Sep 04, 2006
Trip End Aug 20, 2007

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Monday, February 26, 2007

After the big weekend in Sydney, we were in need of some detox and fresh air, and set off in our hire car along the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Adelaide. Chas was really happy to get behind the wheel again and simple navigation of one road needed little map reading from Sonia. We stopped off at the surfers beaches and little fishing towns such as Port Fairy along the way. The ship-wrecked coast around Apollo Bay inspires many spooky tales of ghosts haunting the area, particularly around the Cape Otway lighthouse. This is the southern most point of the Australian mainland, and the first sight that the immigrant ships would see after their 110 day voyage from Europe. At the height of the goldrush, more than 100 ships would pass per day. The cliff-top views of the crashing waves were stunning and the vibrant colours of the blazing sunsets the best we have ever seen. The lure of the hills was calling so we headed to the Grampians for a days 'bush-walking' and a chance to cool off in the stunning MacKenzie Falls. Feeling refreshed and rejuvinated, we were ready to head off to Adelaide to meet Rob and Carrie for a weekend of wine tasting in the Barossa valley! 
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