Blogs from Torquay, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road » Torquay April 19th 2014

Woke up in a nice room and took a second to remember that I was in actual house not in a crowded room with a bunch of bunk beds. I slept ok but I was so used to the presence of other people in the room when I sleep that it was weird to sleep in my own room. Megan's house is in the country and I had some time before I started on the road again so we went out for a walk. It was a nice day and we saw a kangaroo with a joey in her pouch. I wish I had brought my camera but I managed to get a picture using my smartphone. I complimented Megan on having such a nice house and living in the country. If I can't get a ... read more
Great Ocean Road
12 Apostles

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road » Torquay April 7th 2014

First – we do not know why the past couple of blog postings have lost their paragraph formatting – hopefully this will work better. This morning (Sunday) we have another first experience – we are going on a 2-day excursion. Fortunately Daylight Savings Time ended last night and we got an extra hour’s sleep this morning. Despite that we had to be in the lobby at 8:00 so we could not dawdle. We did get to check our e-mail and have message from Kathy saying that Janet’s brother Mike had a big gall stone removed and everything went well. We also got a note from Elizabeth confirming our flights and that she was going to pick us up at the airport. We also saw a message from David’s sister Janel that she is starting a 13 ... read more
Kangaroo near Golf COurse
Memorial Arch
Split Point Lighthouse

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road » Torquay April 7th 2014

Today is the return portion of our trip along the Great Ocean Road and also the last real day of our vacation, so we are going to try to enjoy it as much as possible. But there is a lot happening today, so read all about it! Sunrise crept in our villa window and was very pretty. We got up and repacked our stuff to be ready to leave the hotel at 7:40. That gave us a little time to clean up a few of the pictures and work on the overdue blog entries. Since we have no internet service here, everything had to wait until we got back to Melbourne tonight. When we took our stuff out the van, Urs came out and said they had a visitor outside their balcony. We all went in ... read more
Part of 12 Apostles
Janet & David
"Mounts" along the coast

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road » Torquay February 10th 2014

December 20, 2013. The summer solstice is just a day away. This is weird for me since I'm used to that date being June 21, not December 21st. I'm not complaining though. I spent June 21 in the US so this is my second summer in a row. Last night it was light till about 9:35 in Wellington. We are pretty far south. I'm going to miss the longest day of the year here though. I'll be spending it in Melbourne. I've been to Melbourne before. Maybe one day I'll write about my first time there. It was an odd experience, but I've decided to give it another shot. I'll be meeting my friend Steve from Las Vegas there. He is coming to the southern hemisphere for three weeks in Australia and New Zealand. He'll be ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road » Torquay March 10th 2013

Sunday was a great day for us - we took a small tour bus to the Great Ocean Road for the day. We thought about doing the full day event on our own, but still slightly afraid of driving on the opposite side of the roads here. We started out at Bells Beach were there are world reknown waves and a huge surfing competition is held here too. After the beach we made our way along the coast to go find some Koala's. They just live in the trees here - eating the gum tree leaves when they wake up in between sleeping 20hrs a day! After this, we stopped for a mid-morning snack of tea/coffee and butter cake (aka pound cake). On our way to this stop we saw a couple of kangaroos just hanging ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road » Torquay September 16th 2012

Apollo Bay So nun sind wir die Great Ocean Road entlang gefahren. Was lässt sich groß darüber sagen, es war faszinierend. Wir sind in einem ziemlich günstigen Hostel untergekommen, 10$ p. Nacht, gute atmosphäre, freundliche Besitzerin..dort wurden wir auch von 3 Mädels in Billiard geschlagen, ziemlich strange.. Rainbow Falls Beauchamp Falls Ich glaub Bilder bringen hier mehr als Worte, in diesem Sinne....... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road » Torquay February 19th 2012

Australia – The Great Ocean Road and the Grampian Highlands – The twelve apostles, London Bridge and a random night where we shared our worst nightmare toilet scenarios!! Truly an Oz experience. Oh and not forgetting my first sightings of Koalas and Kangaroos. With all my tours booked it was time to start the first one, as the bus rocked up to my hostel at stupid o’clock in the morning I was the first on board and sadly for me feeling rough as hell. I had only been out for a couple of beers the night before but something was disagreeing with me. As we made our way to the next pick up point I was fighting my body not to throw up within the first 1km of the 260km ahead. Thankfully I held it together ... read more
The Great Ocean Road - Koala
The Great Ocean Road - The group at the Twelve Apostles
The Great Ocean Road - Me at the Twelve Apostles

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road » Torquay February 11th 2011

Ok so today we woke up and made our way down to Sorrento to catch the 12pm ferry across to Queenscliffe. (For you Tassie folk, thats going from one side of the bay across the heads to the other side. The crossing was really calm, we stayed in the van with Maxibon and slept the whole way, (unlike me, I know!!) Anyway, so when we got there.. The fun started!! The GPS woman kept getting herself confused (I'm still undecided as to how helpful they are at times :-S!). We began to head toward our destination, Torquay and ended up in Ocean Grove along the way. Whilst we were there we thought we'd fill up on fuel, get the gas bottles filled and do a food shop. We went to the local hardware store to get ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road » Torquay October 22nd 2010

So an early one for mum, up at 5am!! I however managed to stay in bed tell 7:30am. It was such a cold night it felt like we were sleeping ina icebox. I managed to get a heater out of the other camp before the rest of the crew set of to Bendigo for the next show. Left the showgrounds at about 9am with plans of going to the Great Ocean Road. Fist place to get through........ Torquay!! With a quick stop of at the supermarket for supplies we were on our way to the 12 apostles along the Great Ocean Road. The view of the coast line is beautiful. We were driving along the coast the whole way. I spotted some dolphins but mum missed them (as she is the driver!) but luckly we stopped ... read more
Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road
12 Aposetles

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road » Torquay February 2nd 2010

Another week, another late blog. I hope everyone is well. I'm sorry it's late again but we have been real busy in the last few weeks. So what have the van gang been up to since the last mammoth blog? Well, we started the great ocean road in Torquay as you saw from the previous blog. We spent a few days there just relaxing by the beach and recharging our batteries after being in Melbourne. Torquay is famous for Bells beach, which holds surf competitions and discount retail outlets. As you would imagine you get to know each other very well whilst living in a van 24/7 so we have now worked out that Martin loves hats and Fox Racing. So when we came across a “fox racing” discount shop with a $5 hat box that ... read more

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