Great Ocean Road and the Grampians

Trip Start Jan 17, 2008
Trip End Jun 30, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Wednesday, September 10, 2008

We made an early start at about half 8, it was so difficult to get out of the warm bed, that we turned the heater on again in the morning. After a quick bite to eat, we set off on our road trip, today we would be passing the 12 apostles, a group of rock pillars close to the coast. Today in the morning, the weather was a little overcast, not like yesterday when it had been great, Daniella had seen a beautiful sunset. First of all, this morning, we made our way to the Otway forest walk. Basically they have constructed a walkway about 25 metres high in a forest of very tall trees, so it feels like you are walking in the canopy. 25 metres might not sound a lot, but it is actually quite high when you are all the way up there. You get great views of the whole forest from up there, so we both did not like it when we could feel the 40 metre high tower shaking! It was a cool rainforest, as opposed to Cape Tribulation in Queensland, which was a tropical one. It was well worth the 20 dollars each entrance price. Netx stop, was the 12 apostles, where we had a walk up to the cliffs. The surviving rock pillars, are all layered and different colours, maybe according to how old they are, and how they have been eroded. It was very windy whilst we here, so only a quick visit! We had a bite to eat enroute, before we headed inland from the town of Warranbool, for another 130 KM. It took quite a while to get up to Halls Gap , as most of this journey was done on country lanes and mountain roads. We passed through small communities and villages that hardly warranted a name, a real picture of Australian rural life. By the time we arrived at Halls Gap, it was getting dark, so we checked ourselves into the Youth Hostel, which was one of the best we have stayed at in Australia, well-designed and clean. We just had time to see about 30 kangaroos and their joeys that lived in the back garden, and some kookaburras, which is a typically Australian bird with a long beak, the laughing variety makes a laugh like noise.
We had a takeaway meal of pizza and calamari and chips, before we had a chat around the fire with some fellow travellers from the hostel. The next morning, we had a game of mini golf in Halls Gap, the holes were really imaginative but overall the course was very diffiuclt and it took us both about 100 shots to complete the round. After this, we visited the Aborigini cultural centre, where we learnt a little bit more about their culture by watching a video about their daily lives, and efforts to preserve their traditions. We then had lunch at the centre, a platter of bush tucker foods, including emu sausages, which were delicious and kangaroo fillets.

We then drove out of town to see some great views of the Grampian range of hills. The views were fantastic, and you could see from miles around. This area had suffered terrible bush fires a few years back, and you can still notice that all the trees are still back, and in many places the vegetation is only just growing back.  After this we started our long drive back to Melbourne, altertenating when one of us started to get tired. It was quite a long way, maybe about 4 hours including stops for food. We decided that whilst we still had the car, we would visit Ramsey Street, home of TV soap neighbours, or Pin Oak Crescent, as it actually called. It was a long drive through the Melbourne suburbs to reach it, and when we did it was dark. It was quite surreal , to walk around the close, having seen it on Tv so many times. There was even a security guard there to stop anything untoward!
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ronen on

Glad you like mini golf, maybe you can help us design a mini golf park at our new house in Jijona.
Will send you an email with more info and some pictures.
Love to you both,
Ronen and Rachel X.

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