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Published: June 17th 2017
In the ocean at Torquay there were some surfers in the water.
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This morning we finished packing a few last things into my car and then we were off! Paul and I were going on a road trip to the Great Ocean Rd and the Grampians National Park. We stopped at a local supermarket for some food, although we did take quite a bit from mum's kitchen cupboards. Our next stop would be Geelong.
The drive to Geelong was pretty good as there was only a little bit of traffic on our way into Melbourne and then once we were over the West Gate Bridge it was a clear run. Here in Geelong we stopped to exchange some currency we had brought over from South Africa and to stretch our legs.
We didn't stop for too long because we wanted to get to our destination. We did not have any accommodation booked for our trip, being nearly winter and not the school holidays should make it easier for us to find somewhere not too expensive to stay.
It was just before midday when we made our first stop on the Great Ocean Rd at Torquay. We arrived at a lookout at Fisherman's Beach and took some photos. From here we could
A view of the ocean at Torquay.
not see any people on the beach, just a few surfers in the water. Back in the car we drove on and stopped at the visitor information centre in Torquay to pick up some maps and brochures for our trip.
After quickly picking up some brochures we were back in the car again. Our next stop just minutes away at the Point Danger lookout on Anzac Drive. Here there was a cliff top walking path, a great view and a small memorial to fallen soldiers from this area.
We spent the next half hour here as we walked along the path and down to the beach. There weren't any surfers visible in front of the ocean at the surf beach. This may be due to the lack of waves this afternoon. The sun was now coming out from behind the clouds, which we appreciated as it warmed us up a bit. The tide was out, revealing the rocky surface of the ocean. We took many scenic photos.
We enjoyed this little walk and it was now time to get back in the car. Soon after we stopped again, this time at Bells Beach. We had a little look at the
A view of the beach at Torquay.
view, took a photo with the sign and then got back in the car. I stopped a few minutes later to look at some kangaroos. They were just laying down in a paddock.
Soon after we stopped again at the Southside Car Park. Here we enjoyed the views of Southside Beach from the lookout point. Back in the car we drove for only a few minutes and then parked on Point Addis Rd at a small car park. We had a quick look at the view. Here we also went for a little bush walk on the Jarosite Track. Our walk lasted nearly an hour and during this time we did not see anyone else at all. It was an easy walk. On our walk we saw kangaroos and a lot of Australian flora.
It was now about 4pm and we wanted to secure some accommodation for the night. We drove onto Aireys Inlet and found a cabin at the local holiday park.
We had a quick look at our cabin and then got back in the car as it was nearly 5 c'clock and there wasn't much daylight left and we wanted to make the most of it.
A view of the ocean from the Anzac Drive lookout.
We made the lazy decision to drive to the coast instead of walking as the sun was setting soon.
I parked the car and we went for a little walk to the lighthouse and enjoyed a nice view of the coast from here. I am amazed at the amount of signs we have seen today warning people to be careful along the cliffs. The Split Point Lighthouse was built in 1891 and the scenes from the children's series Round the Twist were filmed here. We also enjoyed the sunset from the lookout point here.
Once the sun had set, we drove back to the holiday park and made ourselves some dinner. Later on we read through our tourist brochures and made plans for tomorrow.
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