Melbourne The City & The Great Ocean Road
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
124Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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Aunty Rosa's, Aunty Pam's and a van!
We were told by our mates in Perth that we would really love Melbourne and they were so right. It feels much more of a city than Perth does and has more variety. We loved the street art, the old grand buildings, the trams and the live music scene even though on the day we were meant to see a band we got pissed at Mark's place (again) and never made it out! Oops.
The city centre in Melbourne was great, with a couple of brilliant museums and some great restaurants. We also loved the St Kilda area which Matt kindly took us to one afternoon. We stopped at a famous pub where loads of bands have played including his own band way back in the day. Lol. We introduced Mat to Dim Sum in St Kilda. I am sure at first he thought to himself "that this small stuff aint gonna fill me up" but he was soon lapping it up and making appreciative noises
As we were so close to The Great Ocean Road we were desperate to get out there on it and thanks to the generosity of Mark we could. He lent us one of his vans with unlimited petrol and loads of camping gear! Thanks mate, you made our brilliant trip possible. We spent 3 days on the road but could have easily spent a week on it. It is not huge by Australian standards but it takes so long to drive because on every bend in the road you have to stop and take photos. It was an amazing experience driving on it and looking out at the never ending waves pounding the fragile coast below us. It was beautiful, majestic and awe inspiring. Is that enough superlatives for you? Mark had recommended a great camp site to stay just outside of the lovely town of Lorne. He was not wrong. The Cumberland river park was beautiful. We camped in front of a river and huge cliff face and only had a short walk to the woods and the ocean. The facilities and staff on site were amazing so once again if you are in this part of the world, come and stay here you will not regret it.
The drive was spectacular, ending with the great finale that is the 12 apostles – a group of huge rocks jutting out of the sea
After about 6 years of not driving, I had to break the spell and get behind the wheel on the Great Ocean Road. I mean I couldn’t exactly get on one of the world’s best drives and not actually drive. I think I scared Paul a bit when I asked him which pedal was the one for the gas and which one was used to break but within minutes I was back to driving just like I used to in Malta (although I’m not sure if that’s saying much, given that I once managed to crash 3 times in a week).
After a gorgeous day out we chilled at our campsite where I officially built my first bonfire! I was extremely proud.... The food I attempted to cook in it slightly took away from my sense of triumph when the cobs of corn cape out as one giant black crisp. But hey ho, it was still a magical evening with Paul and I watching the fire and the stars while sipping our wine.
Whilst we went of the Ocean road a week into our stay in Melbourne, we wanted to end with it as it was such a highlight and a true 'must do’ if you ever get the chance to visit Oz
And with a tear in our eye and a heavy heart, we bade farewell to our wonderful family and got on the overnight greyhound bus to Sydney. It was time to hit the road again....
See you by the Opera House for a sparkly surprise
Lots of love
Karen and Paul