Great Roads and Koalas!

Trip Start Nov 28, 2011
Trip End Apr 09, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Monday, October 22, 2012

With a lot of new energy – pancakes for breakfast – and more information about Kingston, it was time to leave the great family. First stop would be only a few minutes away, the historic Lighthouse. This lighthouse isn't the one from Kingston, but from the village nearby. It is a beautiful lighthouse were people used to live in, because once it stood on the rocks a few kilometers into the sea. They had shift from a few days, so imagine yourself out there, rustic isn’t it? After a beautiful coastal way, we heading via Beachport and Robe to Millicent to Mt. Gambier where we would see the blue lakes - or as in our case: still green lake, formed in craters of ancient volcanos.

We are on our way for our last part of our road trip to Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road. For many people the ultimate experience of the south coast of Australia. Well, it is absolutely scenic! The road has been built by the men who returned after their service in the army of the First World War. It took a while to build the road, but after a few years of hard work, the result was beautiful and connected the small coastal cities to the main cities like Melbourne. And we are about to experience this road!

Just before the road starts, we passed by the little towns of Portland, Port Fairy and Warrnambool. Just before Warrnambool we were looking for our lunch spot at Tower Hill and it was here that we spotted our first Koala’s!! We made a scenic tour in the nearby reserve where more Koala’s and Emus were spotted.

Then it was there just ahead of us: The Great Ocean Road. A romantic and scenic drive from Warrnambool to Geelong for about 243 kilometers.

Our first stop: Childers Cove. Where else could we start better then there. A beautiful and illegal camp spot just on top of the cliffs! Amazing sand and limestone rock formations glistering in the evening sun, WOW magic and misty – and we are the only ones! The next day further down the road. We are passing by amazing limestone rock formations, one more beautiful than the other but still breathtaking! First we see the Bay of Islands then the London Bridge and Thunder Cave, then Loch Ard Gorge. These spots on the route are not so well known as our next stop: The Twelve Apostles and therefore not overrun by the Asians. Wow, what a difference when we arrived at the 12. So many tourist and 90% would be Asians. It’s just crazy. As we have seen the whole route already, we quickly went through this site and got on. drove further alongside the the Great Ocean Road. Princeton and Lavershill are the next places we visited and finally after a long day of stunning, amazing, breathtaking, beautiful views of coast, we found a place to stay overnight at Apollo Bay. Just before Apollo Bay we walked a small trek at Maits Rest through some sub-tropical rainforest. 

The Great Ocean Road also ends, and it certainly honors its name. With some steep, dramatic falls deep into the ocean, great roads on the mountains shoulders, it is an absolute highlight in the Australian Experience.

We are about to enter Melbourne region, but just before we had to made some more stops. First stop was the Lorne lookout. Volunteers were just finishing their work up there – keeping the flora native – by having a lunch, as they invited us to have some magic boxes (anyone knows what they are?). A few moments later we were joining them and telling them our stories and listening to theirs! How hospitable they are, just amazing and thanks again for the sausages! On we went to the Erskine falls. Some 30 meters falls just tucked away in the center of more tropical rainforest. In this area we tried to get to a camping area but difficult access did back us off. Then somewhere down the road and it was finally at Anglesea where we would found a great place at the Ocean site. Time to clean our Orbinson! Times flies when driving a road trip through Aussie-land!

Apparently, our beach spot was at the same time the spot for some yoga exercises, as the next morning some ladies were wakening us by chatting out loudly! Ok, time to get up, today it is our last full day so on to our last stop, Bells Beach and the Surf Museum.

During the afternoon we arrived at the place of Katrin and Keke. Some recently found family members! After a warm welcoming, time to do some last unpacking before we brought back our Wicked van. Time for family.

An amazing journey came to an end and another is about to start!
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