Happy Chrissy to all!
Trip Start Jun 14, 2010
19Trip End Jul 20, 2010
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For all those we didn’t have a chance to talk to this holiday season, we would like to wish you a belated Merry Chrissy (as they say)! Hoping everyone’s having a good time and keeping out of trouble. As for us two, we’ve had a pretty low key Christmas celebration…hard to get into the spirit when it’s 34 degrees and poring rain. Christmas dinner was cold sandwiches in the Brisbane airport… which is pretty much as good as we would have done at home for those familiar with our cooking
Christmas night we packed our bags and flew to Melbourne. We crashed at a hostel in the city for the night and then up early the next morning to begin our road trip of the Great Ocean Road for the next 3 days. The Great Ocean Road runs about 400km on the southern coast of the country in the state of Victoria. It’s pretty much the Pacific Coast Highway of Australia… or to be a bit more patriotic, the Cabot Trail of Aus. Our goal was to stop at every lookout along the way, but quickly realized that if we were going to make to the end in the 3 days then we we’re going to have to make some concessions… only stopping at those with 3 cars or more (nothing draws a crowd like a crowd!). Highlights along the way included our first wild Koala sighting (about as active as they are in captivity), a helicopter ride over the 12 Apostles, free Melbourne bus ride tour (which was monetarily cancelled out by our downtown parking), watching the Fairy Penguin parade on Phillip Island (sorry no photos as they didn't want us scaring the little guys) and (for Michael) the Ice World complex in Melbourne (as close as he’s been to hockey in the last 6 months…he drooled a little). We completely lucked out weather wise and had some much needed sunny days, although much cooler and windier then Brisbane…but also a good break.
After our mini-road trip, we hopped on a plan to Cairns, back to the eastern coast (about a 20-hr drive north from Brisbane) to try for some sunny days on the beach and to ring in the New Year.