The Great Ocean Road Adventure!

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End Sep 02, 2010

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

We're in business folks! I’ve got the uploader working so I can now add pictures (for those of you who don’t really like reading anyways).

Things have been great from the Land Down Under! We moved into the downtown of Melbourne on Wednesday morning. A Swedish girl, Amanda, came in with us from our first hostel and hung out with us all day. She was just finishing up travelling around Australia/New Zealand for 4 months and says she had the most amazing trip. It was awesome meeting her so early in my trip & have her give us insights to things to come!

We toured around Melbourne (pronounced Mel-BIN) –an absolutely gorgeous city. It is a bit like New York, the way it is set up but has a very cool vibe to it. People are extremely active and they have the biggest tram system in the world. The tourist industry is incredible –things are sure set up for tourists with free trams, buses & information volunteers all over the city to help out. We wondered around and went up the Eureka tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. There is also a glass box that comes 3m out the side of the building that we went on. (see pictures)

The Great Ocean Road was on our to do today. We went with the same tour company as the Phillip Island and had an amazing tour guide. We actually picked him up about 45 minutes after someone else picked us up as he had slept in –good start, but everyone is so chilled out here, no one cared. He was quite comical and enjoyed our company. We turned the tour bus into our DJ studio (not sure who else liked it but we did along with a couple others).

A girl we met, from just outside Detroit, Carla, is in a bunch of pictures. She has travelled all over the world and was stopping over in Australia on her way back from working for a not for profit organization in New Zealand. We stopped at Bells Beach, which is a world famous beach for surfing. Then, a random stop in a trailer park, where wild koala’s are. We actually saw one move for a bit… it was a couple minutes of the 4 hours they move a day. We then headed to a rainforest walk then to the 12 Apostles. These are incredible rock formations along the Great Ocean Road.

We also learned from the tour guide today that the Great Barrier Reef will be gone by 2030! So if anyone wants to see it, you might as well come in the next 3 months while I am here!

The 12 Apostles are actually only 7 rock formations. They had a different name that had something to do with pigs so they re-named them to make sure people would actually want to see them. There is another rock formation, London Bridge that you’ll see below. This has a hilarious story –there used to be a rock formation (until 1990) that connected the "island" to the other rock formation. One day it started to crumble beneath people so everyone ran to the mainland except 2 people got trapped on the island part. When the police were called and told “London Bridge is falling” they didn’t believe them and hung up. Eventually the police showed up to help but couldn’t get a helicopter to save the people for hours as they weren’t hurt. Channel 9 news got a hold of the story and helped the people off the island –but they wouldn’t show their faces. Once they got to the mainland, they tried to escape the police. Turns out, they had both told their bosses they were sick that day AND not told their significant others about the other half J

Overall, things have been great. The hostel we’re at now is cool –although our room is on the main floor where the hang out is so I was up at the ass crack of dawn today. Yes, by 6. Tomorrow we’ll wonder around Melbourne some more then go to a football game at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds. Saturday we’re flying to Sydney. (It is actually cheaper to fly the 12 hour drive then to take a bus or train –only $79 with bags).
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carolyn on

well done another great blog with awesome pics - happy travelling :-) wow it all brings back memories for me - makes me want to pack up and leave the kids behind - oops did that last september and went to borneo :-) see you never lose the travel bug once it is in you ..... oh forgot to tell you to where insect repellant as quite a few mozzie diseases here which can be worse than west nile virus and it will get worse once you head north of brisbane - so buy insect repellent with DEET in it .... and hope there is no sand flies camping - they are like being attacked by blackflies .... cheers

Chris O'Keefe on

Sounds amazing already!

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