Fish and chip supper

Trip Start Sep 22, 2005
Trip End Apr 13, 2006

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Monday, December 12, 2005

We left Lorne just after 10 o'clock with plans to visit the Erskine Falls and Teddy's lookout, both recommended by Terry. The falls were a 10km drive through forest and we were greeted with a view through the trees from the top platform. At 38metres high and 300 metres above sea level, the falls are the highest in the region known as the Otways. We climbed down some steep wooden steps to view the falls from the bottom and found a pretty creek strewn with boulders at the bottom of the gorge. Nikki hopped across the boulders to get some photos from the other side whilst Paul watched a fish in one of the pools created by the boulders.

A (slower) climb back up the steps and we were off to Teddy's lookout. It took us more than one attempt to find it as there appeared to be a loop walk and the map was rather abstract! However, we found it and were delighted with the view. Overlooking a small river estuary with a hill opposite us it showed the road meandering around the cliff face with a sharp drop to the ocean the other side. This was what we had expected all of the Great Ocean Road to be like. We stood for a while taking in the view and commenting on the colours, of the trees, of the sand, of the water and just reminding ourselves that we were really here. Paul spotted a house nestling high on the hill opposite and jokingly said it reminded him of Tracey Island.

We discovered as we walked back to the car that we had misplaced one of the memory sticks for the camera, lukily without any saved photographs. Annoyed with ourselves we decided not to back track to find it, for all we knew it could have gone missing at the water falls and we decided it would be easier to claim on our insurance, along with the camera damaged in New Zealand.

This was the prettiest bit of coastline and although the weather was ominous we were rewarded with some spectacularly big waves crashing onto the beaches and rocks. We passed many small coves and beaches as we snaked along the rugged coastline. We had been told, by Terry, of a good place to spot wild koalas and kept our eyes open for the turnoff, but on arriving in Apollo Bay we realised we had missed it. The small track which passes as road here was obviusly even less identifiable than some!

Looking at the grey clouds and hearing of the storm warnings coming over the intermittant radio we decided not to turn around in the hope there would be other opportunities to see wild koalas. Ibstead we stopped at the tourist information centre and booked our accomodation deciding to have an afternoon to relax and find an internet. Whilst relaxing in our room it started to rain, and got heavier and heavier giving us that smug feeling of being in doors whilst all hell breaks loose outside!

After the rain had all but washed itself out, we ventured onto the highstreet and found the most expensive internet cafe yet. Immediately changing our plans to important e-mails only we raced through our communications as quickly as possible. Half way through Nikki hit a combination of keys which turned the computer on it's head...all of a sudden printing random letters for each key! To avail we attempted to rectify the problem until, growing frustrated at the time spent (at this rate)we looked for the cafe owner to solve the problem, which took him a further 10 minutes as he attempted to reset the computer to Australian English keys.

That evening we bought fish and chips and went up to McKenzie's lookout with the hope of eating them overlooking the bay. Unfortunately, not only had it continued raining on and off but the lookout was at a short walk so we found our way to a car park on the beach front and listened to a local radio quizz night whilst we ate. The waves were as hynotic as ever and the changing clouds provided Nikki with more photographic opportunities with their subtle grey and blue tones.

We played cards that night where Paul equalised leaving the score at 10:10.
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