Australia - Geelong

Trip Start Dec 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Day 1

Having requested a late check-out we took advantage and slept in. After a lazy morning and casual breakfast we got back on the road and made our way to Geelong via Torquay.

Torquay, apart from having a British connection is famous for its surf. It holds an annual surf competition which attracts thousands and the town survives almost solely on the few months of the peak summer surf season. It is easy to see why this part of the coast is so popular with surfers; not only does it have great surf (the waves were enourmous when we were there) but the beach also features a grassy bank running along its length which doubles as a great viewing platform for the vast numbers of fans that descend on the town for the surf comp.

Upon reaching Geelong we parked up on the waters edge and began our photo marathon; Geelong is well known in New South Wales for its bollards! These are no ordinary bollards you must understand, there are a series of brightly decorated bollards dotted along the waterfront. It was our plan to photograph each of these bollards and then make a collage of them all - a great theory!

As we walked along the pretty waterfront we came across a lovely looking swimming pool (PIC), the single person swimming in it suggesting that it was probably as cold as it looked so we opted to walk on by. The whole waterfront is very well designed and maintained, with attractive features such as a swan fountain (PIC) and an old-fashioned pier (PIC).

There is even an old carousel, housed in a very modern-style building, which looks strangely out of place. We walked past them all on our eternal search for the bollards.

A 7km walk, well over 100 bollards and two full memory cards later we had taken a photo of every single bollard - Andrew not willing to give in until ALL the bollards were found. It turned out to be a bit of a treasure hunt as many of them were slightly concealed - as soon as we thought we had found the last one we rounded a corner and could see another few in the distance - much to our dismay. It was good fun though and gave us some much needed exercise (PIC).

When we had finally gathered all the photographs we drove to the Geelong Big4 campsite and checked in for the night - we were sure we would sleep well after our long walk!
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