Melbourne & The Great Ocean Road

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Thursday, March 15, 2007

The best things to do in Melbourne and in the area around would be definitely to visit the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road and to watch penguins returning home in the Phillip Island. Melbourne is the second most populous city in Australia, and is the state capital of Victoria. Located around Port Phillip Bay in the south-east of Australia, 723 km (449 mi) from Adelaide, 876 km (544 mi) from Sydney and 3412 Km (2120mi) from Perth.

I, my parents and a friend of my mother had spent four days in and around Melbourne. We joined a local tour, and the service of the tour was so bad, really bad! I swear I won't join that company again in the future. The guide and the driver was the same person, his manner was rude, unfriendly and without responsability. I can't believe that he still can make a living with that attitude to customers!! The trip was awesome, and in this four days we had visited the Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island, Gold Mine and the Melbourne Tower.


Phillip Island Nature Park - Penguin Parade
One of the most popular attraction in Australia is watching little penguins returning ashore at sunset after a days fishing. At the Phillip Island, people sat on the beach, very silent, without making any noise, wait for those little cute creatures to walk back home. I sat on the left hand side of the main corridor in front of the ocean. I stared at the sky at the moment while others were looking at the ocean, waiting for the first penguin to returning ashore. As the sun faded in the sky, little penguins began to waddle up the beach to their homes. A second later, someone broke the silent and said: "Oh, look! There is one over there!" There was one penguin walking on the beach. They looked really cute and adorable. Everyone there was excited! It was a great moment and I will never forget it! (photographing is not allowed at the beach, so no photos can be taken)


The Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road
The Twelve Apostles are a collection of natural limestone stacks standing just off shore in the Port Campbell National Park, on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. Thousands of years of sea erosion have battered the soft limestone cliffs, creating grottoes and gorges, arches and sea-sculptures rising from the sea-surf. The clifftop road gives occasional glimpses of the drama below, with the most famous being rock stacks of The Twelve Apostles.

On 12th of March, early in the morning, we left Melbourne to Sydney. It took almost 10 hours to get there. It was unbearable. If next time I have to do the same thing like that (10 hours of ride), I think I'd rather catch a plane. Save time and free myself from petrified!


To watch the video on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afT4MGBOsxw

If you would like to view more photos of this trip, including another places in Australia, please visit the link below: :D
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ristinw/sets/72157600238883667/
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