Australia - Warrnambool

Trip Start Dec 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, May 22, 2006

Day 1

Leaving Mt. Gambier we headed for Warrnambool, the town which is positioned at the start of the Great Ocean Road. Reaching Warrnambool we stopped at the visitors centre and booked tickets for 'Shipwrecked'; a huge night-time light and sound show for which Warrnambool is renowned. The show, as the title suggests, is based on a shipwreck, something which this area of the coast is particularly notorious for.

With time to kill we checked into a nearby Big4 campsite and relaxed in the warmth of another cabin, the cold nights still too harsh to get back into Gizmo. We passed the time watching TV and doing a spot of laundry before it was time to return to the visitors centre for the 'Shipwreked' show.

The show began in a theatre next to the visitors centre where a film followed a number of passengers aboard the Loch Ard ship which sailed from the UK to Australia in 1878 with 54 people. With just days until the end of the 13 week journey the ship encountered bad weather and, carried way off course, crashed into the rocks just east of Warrnambool. Only 2 people survived.

After the film we were taken down to a replica village (PIC) which was then subjected to a storm with lights and water sprayed around the open stage in front of us.

Video of a re-enactment of the shipwreck was projected onto a fountain of water in front of us as the storm reached full force (PIC). The whole show was very well put together and the atmospheric feel really involves the audience, thankfully without getting wet! The only downside was some rather dodgy English and Irish accents put on by the Australian actors in the movies.

Returning to Gizmo, freezing cold (the second part of the show was under cover but out in the open), we grabbed a Subway dinner and made our way back to the campsite and our cabin to thaw out before bed.
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