Amazing!! - The Great Ocean Road

Trip Start Nov 17, 2004
Trip End Jun 14, 2005

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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

I'm up at the crack of dawn to start the last trip I'll be doing in Australia...."The Great Ocean Road", from Melbourne through to Adelaide. I've paid $285 for a 3 day 2 night tour and will be visiting some of the most amazing coastal scenery that mother earth has to offer :o).

We crammed so much into 3 days I'm just going to sumnmarise this one I think!! - hopefully you will enjoy the photo's. We had a great bunch of people on our bus including an amazing guy called Maney, he's 24 and totally blind and he did EVERYTHING that we did - I have so much respect for this kid - it's at times like this that you realise what you take for granted - just a simple thing like picking up your knife and fork to eat your dinner - how do you think a blind man eats?....

Day 1: Magic photographs and soaking up the beauty of Otway National Park where I fed some birds (the flying kind!) and managed to spot the odd cute Koala here and there!. Then it was onto Appollo Bay where we had 20 minutes to soak up some sun after we settled for lunch - I ate shark and chips!. Then onto Bells Beach which is famous for the Surf Championships. We then did a useless stop at Torquey where they have the massive surfing shop outlets such as Quicksilver, Billabong etc. After alot of stoppoing and walking around it was back to our hostel which gave us amazing views of the ocean and local scenery. This hostel was really nice and like a cottage back home. Our bus driver "chip' cooked us some awesome mexican burrito's for dinner which went down a treat! - and you might have to sit down for this one.....I did the washing up for 21 people!!. It was then back in the bus for a 20 minute drive to a viewpoint to see the sunset over the spectacular 12 Apostles :o). Here we also saw a huge heard of penguins swim out of the sea, huddle up and waddle across the beach some 200 meter's below us!

Day 2: Another early start was greeted with a sunrise over the 12 Apostles. I was very lucky to then pay just $50 to have an 8 minute Helicopter ride around the 12 Apostles just as all the cloud had moved away and the sun came out! :o). We visited the "London Bridge" which has a very funny story behind it. A guy was having am affair with a lady and decided to go for a romantic walk up to the london bridge. Whilst walking to the end of the cliff face, half of it collapsed leaving them both stranded on what is now called the London Bridge. News travelled fast, all over the media and TV that these two people where stranded. By the time they got rescued and back to Melbourne (some 2 hours away) his wife had packed up and left him! what a hillarious way to get caught out!. We then visited the Grotto and climbed over what seemed like 100 rocks to get inside a very dark cave!. Our legs and stamina then got the test of their lives when we got to the Grampians to do the Pinnacle walk. Some 4.2 kilometer's later we got to the top of the Pinnacle with the most amazing views I have ever seen (see pics). The walk back down to the car park was quite hillarious as we went the wrong way. We were told that there was a long and short walk back to the car park and that the sign clearly states which way to go (there's a left and right track). Olivia, Leanne and I get to this sign, we all read it nodding our heads and we still went the wrong flippin way!!. So we are on the 1.2k walk instead on the 0.2k walk!!. It's startng to get dark and we are all asking whether we have torches and do you think they'll need to come out and rescue us!!. We all start panicking a little bit and I take the lead on the walk. We finally make it to the carpark and everyone is waiting for us!(no surprises there!!). whooooops!!. Before tucking into to yet another traditional assue BBW we went to the National Park and starred at around 20 Kangaroo's eating loads of grass!!

Day 3: My last early start till I get to New Zealand! (I'm hoping). We had a short drive to view the amazing Makenzie Falls which is a huge waterfall. We then cruised through the Adelaide Hills towards Keith, Mt Arapiles then onto the Grampians National Park for lunch. We then had a 5 hour drive Adelaide where I stayed in a a crappy hostel for a couple of days before flying to Brisbane. The evening we got back from the great ocean road trip, the tour group all met up for a few drinks in Bar108 and we chatted about the things we all enjoyed the most. I think my favourite parts where the helicopter ride around the 12 Apostles and the Pinnacle walk, 760 meters above sea level!! :o)
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