Day 27 - Port Fairy to Apollo Bay (Oz)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

And it's back to the Great Ocean Road today for everyone to explore. It's bright, but blustery, as we leave lovely Port Fairy. It's about an hour to the first viewpoint for the Great Ocean Road so we set off after breakfast.

We stop at most of the viewpoints before and after Port Campbell. The views are incredible and we are so thrilled to be here - lucky little family.

Dylan entertains himself at all the stops pretending he is a train and that the boardwalks are train tracks, so we all chug and woo woo along to the viewpoints and back to the car. Dylan also enjoys 'driving' our racing car and each time we reach the car again he races one of us before he goes back into his car seat. The wind picks up throughout the morning and its almost gale force by the time we reach the 12 Apostles. Everyone, especially Emma, is looking a touch windswept. We employ the help of others to try to get a snap of us all looking at the camera. Not entirely sure we managed it, but hey the photos show we were all there.

Lunch was a quick pick up of the most expensive packet sandwiches we think we've ever bought at the 12 Apostles visitors centre. Guess they have to make their money somehow as they don't charge entry fees. Dylan loves watching the red helicopters taking off and landing as they whisk people over the top of the sea stacks to view them from the air. We promise him that one day we will take him in one. He'd like to know if he can be the pilot!

Very satisfied with our day of sightseeing on the GOR, we wind our way to our next stop over, Apollo Bay. Rich drives whilst the rest of us nap. Emma wakes up just as the view of Apollo Bay comes into sight - wow, she loves it already. We explore a little in the car- beautiful beach, harbour, buzzy town and lovely houses. We, of course, have already wondered what property prices are like. It reminds us very much of Hermanus, South Africa. We wake the children when we arrive at the YHA Hostel where we are staying for the next two nights. For a hostel it looks amazing, more like a nice hotel. Dylan nearly always says something immediately on opening his eyes in the morning and after his nap (and then rarely stops for breath until the next sleep time). Today he makes us laugh out loud - "I can't see any red helicopters anymore. One day I'm going in a helicopter with mummy, daddy and Taya".

We have a little stroll this afternoon, check out the blue playground on the seafront, then go out for dinner. Emma spies a Tapas thinking it would be a good plan so Taya can join us for dinner but turns out to be totally over the top, yummy, but really expensive. Budget blown today on food - oops! Cheap day needed tomorrow.

Looking forward to exploring this place properly tomorrow.
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Gwen and Jean - extracts team again! on

Thank you once again. Emma just has to write a book,what an interesting story and especially with Dylan's chat.

Emma should write a book for everyone to read this amazing journey xx

Liz Cheyne on

Just for interest I have had a peep / preview of your Kempton travel book and it is first class.
Keep up the great work!

thekemptons on

Yippee, so pleased

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