Tree Top Adventures

Trip Start Apr 08, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Saturday, April 13, 2013

Our first day on the road we headed down to the Otway National Park. Its a area we had hoped to visit for a long time, the last time we had chance to visit the area we had to rush along the great ocean road in a short time due to work, this time we were a bit more time rich!

We camped on the pinnacle, amazingly bush camping and national park entry in the great ocean road area is free, In Tasmania and South Australia park fees are usually cheap but can add up pretty fast with frequent visits and buying a pass is usually the way to go. Victoria seems to take a different approach with park entry free and only charging for camping at some popular sites making more profit from the busy tourist spots.

Our first spot was right next to the beach after some bumpy off-road driving, and after our luxurious hotel start we had to get back to roughing it pretty quickly. 

Our mind set was still stuck in short time traveling mode, the kind of travel you are usually forced to undertake when on your holidays from work in Australia, due to the large distances needed to travel to see the main sites. We seemed to have forgotten the point of our trip and our experience on the road in Europe, probably because we had worked so hard to get going on tis trip, so without thinking we quickly moved from one spot to the other. We opted not to go towards the Twelve Apostles as we had done that section before, the drive along the the Apollo bay to Lorne Section of the GOR is pretty spectacular and in our opinion the better section as it hugs the coast more. The Otway park continues quite far inland and there seemed to be good walking, camping and biking opportunities to get stuck into.

We had found some brilliant forest camping and a great place to get the bike out in the Forrest Bike park, we were really enjoying our time on the road even though we were stopping to do some bush walking and trying to take our time, before we knew it we were within sticking distance of the Grampians with only a week gone.

In summary the region was magnificent, I would rate it on par with Tasmania and Kangaroo Island for its remote untouched nature, driving through Victoria also reminded us of driving through remote parts of Europe and have a peaceful ruggedness, once you get off the Great Ocean Road and away from the main backpacker run you have the place pretty much to yourself. 

Next destination the Grampians, with probably a extra week than we had originally planned.

Note to self ...slow it down.

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