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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Cape Otway March 6th 2019

Today was another two-hands-on-the-wheel-and-no-texting-as-you-drive day. I was heading inland and of course that meant the typical narrow, winding roads of the Otway Ranges. First stop was a short hike through a rain forest - Maits Rest. A wonderful short stroll, perhaps 2 km in length, through a rain forest. The lush greens, ferns and trees native to the area were in abundance. To add some ambience, there was a light mist of rain as I completed the walk. Next, off to Cape Otway Lighthouse which they market as "Australia's most significant lighthouse". A lovely piece of land with numerous exhibits and obviously the lighthouse as the main attraction. As one would expect, very windy, and one had to be careful walking around the outside of the top of the lighthouse. However, the views were quite splendid ... read more
Me walking thought Maits Rest
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Maits Rest

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Cape Otway October 14th 2018

I am so glad that it was suggested I drive from Adelaide to Melbourne when I said wanted to drive the Great Ocean Road. Angela flew in from Sydney to join me and off we set in our rental car on a beautiful sunny afternoon from Adelaide airport. Over the hills and high ridges , up and down valleys we drove to reach our first stop at the Wellington Ferry Crossing of the Murray River. The accommodation at the Wellington Pub was not so pretty to look at ...facing us was a cabin which looked like a tin box with doors in it , but unlocked the door and there was a cheap and clean room. The frienfly bar staff with tattoos and purple punk rocker hairdos were perfectly nice and recommended we book if we ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Cape Otway March 25th 2013

Monday 25th. The morning was bright, even some short lived blue sky, but we were determined to see the lighthouse before making ready to leave Bimbi Park to travel west tomorrow. The first thing that struck us as we crossed the first cattlestop on the road to the lighthouse was a small forest of dead trees. We enquired of a local about the destruction, and the response was koalas. Some years back 80 were released and they grew into a strong and expanding population. About 9000 now, and eating themselves to death. The damage over the last three or four years will take years to recover. Mean time, the population is spreading out, and maybe not out breeding the food supply. Local farmers are protecting trees and trying to limit the population per tree. At the ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Cape Otway March 23rd 2013

March 23 Martin Luther king ‘Dreamed a dream’. I did too: Pancakes with brandy sauce, cream and fruit salad for breakfast with a glass of bubbly to celebrate my XXth birthday. Later, reality struck, Weetabix and yoghurt. Oh well, never mind. Then David and Mary arrived and sang happy birthday and delivered red hot sauce which I will use on a pizza base soon. The night was windy and morning cold, but by mid morning we started to see the rain clouds disappear and the sun came out. The camera came out again around the park looking for co-operative critters to have their pic taken. After lunch, David and I walked the sandy trail out to Station Beach. This beach is on the western side of Cape Otway, and the only way to these beaches is ... read more
Bimbi Park - horses for riding tours
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Track to Station Beach

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Cape Otway March 22nd 2013

Friday 22nd While we slept well, the gusty winds which had reaped havoc on on Melbourne overnight, also rocked the boat at Wye River, but not as severely. The rain continued overnight, but not as heavy, and by morning we had sprinkles of drizzle. What we have found is that as we go south and west, the combined effect of daylight saving and location has the sun rise at 7.30 am, good for photographers who sleep in! So around that time I wandered down onto the Wye River foreshore and took a couple of happy snaps. I walked the 50 meters back to the MH and called out to the others that there was an interesting sunrise to photograph. One member of the team was heard to say that they were having breakfast. The response was ... read more
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Cape Patton, south
Bimbi Park sausage theif

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Cape Otway February 10th 2013

After our night at Johanna beach, we got up early to head towards Cape Otway. To access the cape you have to drive through bouts of the national park - and that meant Eucalyptus trees and some koala spotting opportunities. Our first spot (well James's) was a koala crossing the road, it was a pretty big one and happily sniffed the mud bank with the odd look up at us to check we were stationary. A bit further down the road we saw two koalas cuddling in the tree, and then the masses appeared. Tree after tree were covered in them, big ones, small ones and ones hanging onto the tiniest branches over the road (daredevils!). Although we could have stayed there all day and loaded each and everyone into Maurice to take home, we thought ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Cape Otway January 19th 2013

Ciao Ragazzi, siamo appena tornati a casa della zia dopo 4 giorni in giro nel OTWAY RANGES. url=http://www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Great-Ocean-Road/Activities-and-attractions/Nature-and-wildlife/National-parks-and-reserves/The-Otways.aspxhttp://www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Great-Ocean-Road/Activities-and-attractions/Nature-and-wildlife/National-parks-and-reserves/The-Otways.aspx Ecco il riassunto...... Il Mare: Il mare era bellissimo, di un colore intenso e con onde spaventose. Abbiamo visto i famosi 12 Apostles mentre eravamo in viaggio. Il campeggio http://www.bimbipark.com.au/ Il campeggio era bellissimo, e ho conosciuto tanti bambini. Di notte giocavamo tutti insieme a nascondino fino a tardi. Ogni mattino si faceva le partite di calcetto ed era gratis!! I Koala: Il campe... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Cape Otway May 15th 2012

Geo: -38.853, 143.523This morning we were up quite early and ready to get out there and continue exploring the area. It was about 9am when we arrived at the Distillery Creek Picnic Area in the Great Otway National Park. Here we choose to do the Nature Walk, as it was a short 1.5km circuit walk and included visiting a bird hide. The view from the bird hide was very disappointing and not what we expected. We assumed that it would look over a body of water, instead there was visibility of an open area with long grass and no birds were seen. We continued on the walk, frequently looking out for local wildlife. Finally we spotted an animal. In a tree above us there was a koala sleeping. At first it was exciting and then we ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Cape Otway February 5th 2012

Today we covered the final length of the Great Ocean Road. The first stop was Cape Otway Lighthouse - we walked around the cliff top where they had several small museums telling stories about the families that had manned the lighthouse over the years, and the ships that had been wrecked on the rocks below. It was also the point from which the first telecommunications cable was laid under the sea to connect to Hobart. You could walk up the lighthouse which gave some impressive views of the coast line and they also had a small café in the grounds where we stopped for a coffee and some scones and cream. Will also enjoyed some chocolate cake which he pilfered from the table next to us after seeing that they had barely touched it!! We saw ... read more
Cape Otway Lighthouse
Views from the Lighthouse
Stolen Chocolate Cake




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