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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Apollo Bay March 5th 2019

Today I experienced a major part of the Great Ocean Road driving the 66 Km from Aireys Inlet to Apollo Bay. This is probably one of the more scenic legs of the route. One of the first things I encountered was a sign stating "High Crash Area", followed later by a number of signs pointing out "Accident Zone next 30 km". Hmmmmmm? This is due of course to the winding nature of the narrow roads as it hugs the coast. Needless to say I had both hands on the steering wheel and decided not to text for a while! Google maps says the driving time is 1 hr and 37 minutes. It took me four and a half hours. Along the way there are more than enough pullovers to view the wonderful scenery and I stopped ... read more
"The diggers"
Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Apollo Bay November 7th 2017

We left our apartment in Dandenong and drove along the M1 motorway and paid the $17 toll charge on line, to the start of the great ocean road at Torquay. We stopped at Anglesey for a sarnie and a cake, Lorne for barramundi and chips and to watch the surfer, a waterfall that was 600 m from the road and at a pit stop area to feed the birds (get bit on the finger by a greedy cockatoo)and see koala bears asleep in the trees. All throughout the day it was so cold and windy. I don’t think it dot above 12c. We arrived at our first Airbnb which was a room with a very comfy bed and a separate toilet/shower block, massive shared kitchen and dining room. It kind of reminded me of my army ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Apollo Bay April 18th 2017

We awoke to the sound of a big ocean, I seem to sleep really well by its nocturnal roar. Packing up our tents we saw a large fox run past our campsite. It was our first feral encounter for the trip, however I suspect there will be plenty others and all not of the animal kind. About 5 klicks down the road we caught up with Kirk and Bruno packing up their tents, so we set off as four again with a welcoming tail wind pushing us along. Well actually it doesn't push us long, in as much that as there is little wind resistance riding with the wind, if you get my drift. Today is going to be hot, so plenty of hydration, no not the blue stop sign stuff. After 23 ks we arrived ... read more
river meets the sea at Princetown

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Apollo Bay July 6th 2016

Geo: -38.7484, 143.67Neste dag (onsdag) dro vi avgårde på morgenen – kjørte bil rundt i området, inkludert en 2 timers topptur til fots i Grampians for å nyte utsikten. Nydelig utsikt i et spesielt landskap. Vi kjørte videre langs Great Ocean Road til Apollo Bay. Vi stoppet på flere utsiktspunkter, den mest kjente er "Twelve Apostles". Selv i regnvær og overskyet er dette en nydelig strekning. Se bildene. Fremme ved Apollo Bay spiste vi kenguru på byens restaurant. Det satt litt langt inne hos meg å spise dette, men – tenkte som så at det er ikke verre enn å spise hjort eller rådyr.. joda… kenguru det er godt, men – jeg synes det var litt smakløst / tamt – det var veldig godt tilbehør så da ble det alt i alt veldig godt. Siden jeg ... read more
Kenguru på menyen

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Apollo Bay February 15th 2016

Great Ocean Road. Port Campbell. Great breakfast in Warrnambool this morning and then stocked up with emergency rations at Coles before heading out on quiet roads before joining GOR after 32km. Shortly before a cafe stop for light lunch/snack at Barrewarre. The weather is wonderful to us who have escaped a wet and windy UK and a snowed on Nebraska with full sun and a max of 32 degrees. As we got close to the coast again after 48km we were stunned by the beauty of the colour of the rocks and the many rock formations close to the coast which have become islands due to sea erosion. There was the Bay of Islands, London Bridge and the Arch to name just a few. Eventually we made Port Campbell after 70km and 330m of climbing and ... read more
London Bridge
Peterborough
Eucalyptus

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Apollo Bay January 19th 2016

Geo: -38.7484, 143.67Port Fairy, Warrnambool and the Great Ocean RoadA short time wandering the small harbour showing off both its colonial and modern houses along the river before heading onto Warrnambool and middle island, the setting for the true story movie Oddball in which dogs are used to protect the fairy penguins. A must see for all ages. It's here that I actually remove my footwear to enter the southern ocean to explore the island. The Taylor paparazzi are out in force as I tie my laces together and sling my trainers around my neck.First stop on the GOR is the Bay of islands, followed by the bay of martyrs. Absolutely stunning scenery of nature doing its best at erosion. The colours and textures are breathtaking.Aardvark is the magic word if someone spots a photo op. ... read more
Chris at the arch with flat stanley
London bridge
The apostles

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Apollo Bay February 12th 2015

Any ideas what to put on my flag other than Barmy army Virgin !... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Apollo Bay April 26th 2014

Hi everyone. We have moved on again and are now at Kennett River between Apollo Bay and Lorne and have started our journey along the Great Ocean Road. Kennett River was recommended to us by some fellow travellers we met a couple of weeks ago and I must say we are not disappointed. As you will see by the photos, you can get up close and personal with the wildlife like never before. I.e. There are all sorts of wild parrots and koalas everywhere including in the caravan park which backs onto the Otway Ranges and is just across the road from the Great Ocean Road and the open beaches. A great spot. We picked up a brochure from the park office that indicated where there were Glow-Worms easily visible just after dark at Greys River ... read more
Friendly parrot
Just let me sleep
Lunch

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Apollo Bay October 28th 2013

Geo: -38.7484, 143.67Croissants from local bakers, window shopping in Apollo Bay which was completely deserted (shops don't open until 10 am) walked round the marina and back along beach. Only people out were dog walkers and 6 crazy Ozzie swimmers - weather overcast with rain predicted (I have a suitcase full of shorts and vest tops that haven't seen the light of day) Drove to Otway lighthouse - lots of wild koalas in the trees (beyond cute!) Travelled inland to Otway Fly for a walk in the treetop canopy. Saw a yellow breasted robin, a couple of Kookaburras and lots more parrots. Road signage gave hope of seeing kangaroos but none spotted. Carried on to two waterfalls (didn't see another soul until a few hours later from this point as whole area uninhabited with gravel tracks ... read more
Erskine Falls
Erskine Falls
Koala - Otway lighthouse road

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Apollo Bay May 13th 2013

Woke up this morning and the weather had improved and although cold, yes, cold it was at least dry. Decided to go to the information centre who told me the coastal path was just over there!!! pointing to the beach!!! Very helpful!!! Walked along the beach and the pathway on to the next beach still no sign of the coastal path, so decided to go to the Otway National Park. I looked at the map and could see there were two possible routes making a circular drive. So off I trot heading away from the Ocean road up into the hills. Turn left said the GPS which I duly did into something called Torrents Track, it didn't look much like a road but I thought well that's what the GPS said!! Well the road turned into ... read more
This was the rock
Castle Cove
Castle Cove




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