The 12 Apostles

Trip Start Mar 01, 2006
Trip End Jul 09, 2006

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Friday, April 7, 2006

The weather wasn't quite as bad as it was yesterday, but it still wasn't great, so we decided to carry on, and get further down the Great Ocean Road.

A couple of hours down the road we got to The 12 Apostles. They are incredible. It's such an amazing sight to see these giant rocks just sticking out of the ocean, repeatedly being battered by waves. It was so windy! We struggled to stand upright the whole time we were there, and that's why lots of our pictures are super-wonky! One of those sights where the pictures don't do it justice - it's somewhere you really have to go to see for yourself.

After that we stopped at a few more places along the way, including a grotto, which Sir Talkalot said we'd be crazy to miss. Well, I didn't want to turn crazy, so went, but it really wasn't that great. Pretty impressive, but no where near as good as Sir Talkalot made it out to be. We also stopped in Port Campbell for some lunch, then eventually arrived in Port Fairy (again on Sir's recommendation), a good 6hours after we set off. Everything in Australia is so far apart, but driving is part of the fun of it.

The hostel is not too bad for 12 - built in an old cottage, we had one of the rooms in the attic. It was still pretty windy, and so not too warm, so my sleeping bag came out for the first time this trip. One of the windows didn't have a curtain either, so we ducktaped my towel to it to block out the light (see pics!). Had our first curry tonight, which was pretty good - hopefully won't upset us too much tomorrow morning, but it wasn't that strong.

After tea we wandered into the town to have a drink in one of the bars there. Was nice just to get out of hostel life for a bit, and just relax. Port Fairy marks the end of the GOR. It's not massively long - maybe only 300km or so, but it's some of the best roads we've driven on, with pretty amazing scenery. Costal Road is a very close second though!

It was also scary to think we're nearly a third of the way through our travels - 5weeks have gone so quickly, and we know we're going to be home before we know it. Time's scary!

We're making the most of the day tomorrow and heading half way to Adelaide. It's about 600km away, so we're going half way, then the last 300km or so on Saturday.
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