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Published: August 23rd 2013
The Great Ocean Road a definite must do when in Victoria or SA. We made a road trip out of it. The plan was to take er easy and see what we see stop along the way and stay in some small town somewhere on the way to Adelaide for the long weekend. I got picked up about 9:00 and hopped in the car with a coffee in hand. As I slide into the backseat with my coffee I see the guys with cans of cider, who needs coffee when you have alcohol lol. All ready I can see this is going to be a good trip. We played silly car games sang at the top of our lungs pulled over to look at the ocean multiple times where the guys would generally relieve them selves as they kept pounding back the ciders. It really is a beautiful drive up. But the girls now need the bathroom so we pulled into a camp sight called Koala Cove as there was a sign of a bathroom on the sign. We park the car and as we were walking to the bathrooms over a tiny bridge over a ditch believe it or not
there was a Koala right there in the tree at shoulder level, we could reach out and pat it but of course it is a wild animal and John being a smart ass brings out the trivia saying you can catch chlamydia from a koala (I googled it and you actually can), and lets face it no one wants that! so we took more photos of this Koala then is really necessary then the bladder prevailed and went to the bathroom lol. We hop in the car to leave and there was another Koala in the tree near the car and there is people coming from all over to do what we previously did and take photos and our German driver #1 the worst parking lot driver I have ever seen nearly runs over a lady we of couse made fun of her for this for most of the drive as the driving didn’t improve.
We finally got to the really cool part of the Great Ocean Road where all the tourist go Gibson Steps was the first stop. We walk down many steps..... to the beach it was really cool to look up at a flat wall of
pure rock that we just descended from. We walk along the beach taking tones of photos and goofing around. We all took turns taking a photo on a rock that was surrounded by water I went first then German#1 then Britt #2 But just as Britt #2 was getting ready for his glamor shot a huge wave comes up and splashes him we all fall over laughing and of corse we didn’t get what would have been the best photo of the whole trip sadly. We walked up the many stairs to head to our next stop of the day the 12 Apostles. Which where a collection of only 8 stacks of lime stone rock roughly 50 meters high out of the ocean, making for yet another great photo opp. At this point the sun was starting to set and we decided to continue driving and at sunset all the Kangaroos were forming around the road and we had to be very cairful as they are notorious for jumping out into the road causing car accidents German #1 was getting tired so German #2 took over and her driving was terrifying, there was one sharp turn we took a little
to fast and the car started to tilt and we all had hart attacks!!
We now were driving threw a national park and I look at our gas gage and yep were on Empty. And of corse there is no gas station in a national park and the closest “town” looking thing on google maps was a ways away roughly 30-40 min away. So we pray that we can make it, because walking to a gas station would not be fun, especially since there is no cars around to even hitch hike with. But we did make it to a gas station and we realize we need a place to sleep tonight. We decide to just go the whole way to Adelaide so we start calling up hostels that can accommodate all 5 of us and of corse the one making all the inquiries is Britt #1 who has been drinking ciders all day lol. We finally found a hostel that would take us. We plug in the coordinates into our phone GPS which is quickly dying with no way of charging it. And estimated arrival time is 1:00am, so we steap on the gas.
It is about
12:00 am now and we are about an hour away from Adelaide no one on the road late at night and we have German #1 back driving. Now remember Germans have the Autobahns with no speed limit so needless to say we were going fast like 170 km fast. We see lights ahead and German #1 slows down a little then we realize it is the cops then she slows down a LOT all the wile freaking out that she will lose her license. She steps out of the car to talk to the police officer and we roll our windows down to get some fresh air and to listen in on what the cop is saying. All we here is “2 Germans, 2 Britts and a Canadian sounds like the start of a joke” and we all burst out laughing and they look at us and laugh. At least this cop had a sense of humor. But Humor or not she did still get a wait for it......$700 speeding fine for going clocked at 130km/h in a 100km/h zone (I think), but she got to keep her license.
The next day we went out exploring Adelaide, there want
much to see, I think everyone vacated the entire city for the long weekend. But we walked threw some gardens and around the city, needless to say it was kinda boring so what do we decide to do? go to a pub for a few drinks of corse. We see a pub called the Woolshead looked pretty decent then we found out that they had a portable table top beer dispenser about 5L, we were there for the long hall. As we start drinking we notice they have a mechanical bull that started up at 9:00pm, and of corse we couldn’t leave before experiencing that. So the drinks kept coming and then we realize that the Woolshead is a full on night club with an upstairs. By this point we are all ready half in the bag so the night continued on, made some Irish friends, it was a great night of partying.
The next morning we were all super hungover and had to check out of the hostel. So we all went for breakfast and then hit the road back to Melbourne. This time we took the more direct rout on the highway, only 8 hours as apposed to the Great Ocean road of 14 hours. On the way back we were a lot more quiet then on the way there. We were again driving threw a National Park and we hear a bang and the car starts to shake a bit. So we pull over and realize it is a flat tire. Whats a road trip with out some sort of mechanical failure right. Everyone starts to look at one another on what to do. I go to the trunk and pray there is a spare tire and score there is grab the tire, the jack, and the tire iron and start taking the tire off and changing it. Thank god my dad taught me how to do that other wise I am sure we would have been there for a wile.
Then finally made it back to Melbourne with a great weekend behind us and a few good stories as well.
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