The Great Ocean Road

Trip Start Apr 30, 2007
Trip End Nov 29, 2008

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Sunday 6th April 2008
Paul decided to join Aimee and I on the Great Ocean Road, the camper we had hired was only for 2 people but we figured we could squeeze an extra one in.. plus we felt a bit safe having a guy with us.

We set off at 7.30am and caught the train over to Tottenham to pick up the campervan.  We stood around for 15 minutes waiting for a taxi, only to be shown that the pick up point was the other side of the station, so we got charged $5 to cross the road. 
Luckily though our camper was brand new with only 85 kilometres on the clock.  All new bedding, sleeping bags, towels and kitchen area.. nothing had been used.  We checked over the car anyway for dents etc and then got all the paperwork in order (opted for further cover on insurance as the winds had been very high) and then set off on the road.

We stopped off at Coles first and got a load of snacks and 20 litres of water for Aimee.  Probably still not enough for all of the three days on the road.

Then we headed out towards the Great Ocean Road.

"The Great Ocean Road is a 273km stretch of road along the South Eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Geelong and Warrnambool. The road was constructed as a Memorial to the First World War. It is one of Australia's great scenic coastline drives"

The first stop was Geelong, we got out and had a look around but to be honest we didn't think much of it.. and plus we were excited and wanted to get on the road so we didn't hang about for long, we took some pics and watched some dudes surfing the waves and then got back into the camper and carried on heading west.

The next town to visit was Torquay, which is the surfing capital.  We found a really nice look out point and sat and watched the surfers for a bit and took a load of pics of our new camper and of the view of the coast.

Just after Torquay was the Great Ocean Road sign.  We got out, posed and jumped under the sign for a bit... whilst trying to dodge all the cars and buses!  We managed to get a few beeps and waves though from passers by!!

We then headed through to Lorne, where we stopped and had a walk around.  The beach was very pretty and even had trampoline's, although we didn't get to bounce.  We decided we would probably stay here on the way back and so didn't spend too much time there in the morning.

The weather had been really bad for the last couple of weeks apparently but luckily the weather had really picked up whilst we were away on the road.  It didn't rain once.  The sun was shining, although the nights were bitterly cold but I guess that's because we were so close to the ocean.

Anyway, the road was beautiful, it's built on the side of the hills over looking the ocean.  Only problem being there were three of us in the camper and only two seats so someone had to be in the back.. which was caged off.  It proved to be a bit of a nightmare, especially when you have left something in the back that you decide you need.. like in my case.. Sprite!!  Aimee had to feed it to me through a straw through the cage! 

We finally found the twelve apostles just before the sun set, although the pictures didn't come out brilliantly because the sun was so low.  They were beautiful though. 
"The Twelve Apostles were formed by erosion of the original coastline. The constant action of the sea on the limestone slowly wore down the rocky cliff, gradually leaving individual rocks. The cliff is still being eroded at a rate of about 2cm each year, and in the future is likely to form more 'Apostles' from the other rocky headlands that line the Victorian coastline"

Another fact.

Anyway, after a bit of sightseeing and a few pictures we got back in the van and drove to Port Campbell where we sat and ate fish and chips and then parked up in a car park near to some public toilets and bedded down for the night!!  It was starting to get cold so we made up the bed and got ourselves organised and then headed to the pub for a few drinks.  After a couple of bottles of red wine and Aimee getting her arse whooped at pool we finally went to bed.. in the car park.  The three of us sharing a double bed was an experience, it was like being back in Cairns sharing a double with Katie and Stef all over again!!  I was in the middle the other way up.. and the other two had to sniff my feet all night!!  We actually slept quite well and didn't wake up until 8.30am!!
Monday 7th April 2008

We got up and went into our very own en-suite bathroom (oh ok, the public toilets) to try and wash and get ready.  With perfect timing a tourist bus full of old people pulled up and they all came in to use the bathroom... much to mine and Aimee's embarrassment!!   Then they all stood around and discussed what travelling they did when they were young, whilst Aimee was trying to wash her face in the sink and I was trying to get changed and dodging the spiders webs.  Mortified is the right word I think.

Anyway, after we were clean (ish) we got back in the camper and headed further west on the Great Ocean Road, stopping at various look out points and headed to the furthest away point, Warrnambool, where we stopped for lunch and had a look around some shops. 
We were going to carry on and head further West towards Port Fairy but to be honest the road had come more in-land and it wasn't as picturesque anymore so we decided not to waste the petrol and come back on ourselves, stopping to see what we missed the first time around.

We decided to head towards Otway National park to see one of the waterfalls and in hope of finding a beach to laze on for the afternoon.  We managed to find the waterfall but it was an hour's walk and we didn't have the time so we decided to skip it and get back on the road.  We stopped at Loch Ard Gorge, which had a small beach area.  Paul chased Aimee around with some seaweed, much to her disgust!  She ran off screaming.. just like the big brother that she never wanted!!  We then headed back to the 12 Apostles so we could get some better pics and then drove through Colac and through to Lorne.  It looked set to be a beautiful sunset so we tried to get up to a high point so we could see the sun setting over the fields.  We just managed to get there in time before the sun set.  The hills were full of Kangaroo's but we managed to scare them all away so the pics didn't come out too well!  
After the sun set we headed back to Lorne and decided to check into a camping site this time so we could use the facilities and have a warm shower in the morning.  After getting the bed sorted and changing into some warmer clothes, we headed out to get some dinner.  We ended up sharing a couple of pizzas between us and another bottle of red wine!  We headed down to the beach and sat on a bench and chatted for a while whilst drinking our wine.  It actually wasn't that cold on the second night so we stayed out a bit longer and messed about on the beach. 

On the way back to the camper we saw a possum running across the road and up the tree so we stopped and took some pictures.  It wasn't scared of us at all, maybe it's used to being fed by the people camping or something as it wasn't quick to run away.  Instead it slowly climbed up the tree and then sat there watching us.  We pulled off the crust from out pizza and held it up to the possum to see if it would take it.  After a few moments silence, the possum leaned over and took the pizza crust from a nervous Paul (he thought possums are vicious) and sat in the tree chomping on it.  We took a few more pics, watched it for a bit and then got bored (and cold) and retired to the camper for bed.
Tuesday 8th April 2008
None of us particularly slept well the second night, although it was nice to be on a campsite and not have to worry about the police or someone towing you away in the middle of the night!  And it was really nice to have a shower in the morning, even if they were located in a really old barn with the biggest spider webs I have ever seen in my life.  It looked like the house in arachnophobia! 
Anyway, we then headed back on the road towards Torquay so we could spend a bit of time on the beach again before heading back to Melbourne.
We managed to get a little lost on the way back so we found our way back to the hostel and checked our stuff back in and then Aimee stayed and Paul and I took the van back.  With my brilliant navigational skills and Paul's driving.. we managed to find our way back to the rental place in Tottenham and then caught the train home.  By the time we actually got back into our dorms, we were all shattered.  We ended up having an extra long shower and a really early night instead!
Wednesday 9th April 2008
We had to check out of our dorm by 11am so true to fashion Aimee and I arose at just gone 10 and then rushed around frantically trying to get ready in time.  We checked out a bit late but thankfully didn't get charged or anything.  We stashed our bags in the storage cupboard, cooked some noodles and then hung out in the Lounge and watched a film for a few hours. 
The day went pretty quickly to be fair and it wasn't long before we were saying goodbye to everyone and jumping in a taxi to the airport.
I had managed to turn out a load of stuff so was only slightly over the baggage allowance but Aimee was over my 7kg so we ended up paying through the roof for excess baggage.  We really do need to learn how to travel light!!
The flight was ok to Perth, although the stupid computer kept crashing when I was trying to check us in on line and so we didn't end up sitting next to each other.  I ended up sitting next to some smelly old dude that kept falling asleep and whacking his head on the back of the chair in front.  It kept me amused for the 4 and a half hour flight though!
Once in Perth, we grabbed a taxi and headed to Katie's house.  It was just before midnight by the time we got to Katie.  After loads of hugs and the initial shock of my new hair colour, Katie helped us with our bags and showed us our new home.  Lucky for us Audrey had moved out (not so lucky for Katie and her mates as they had a bit of a rough time with it all) so we managed to steal her room from her. 
Anyway, after another long day and another flight (that's now 11 flights I have been on since I have been away) we crept into bed in hope of having a massive lay in whilst the others headed off to work!!

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