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Published: November 12th 2006
Driving through the Great Ocean Road was the most exhilarating part of our road trip to Victoria. It’s one of the most scenic coastal road in the world stretching from Torquay to Peterborough where the Southern ocean meets the Victorian hinterland. We drove through thick forests of the Great Otway National Park, over the green hills and pastures of Apollo Bay. We stopped over at the most breath-taking lookouts. Cape Patton Lookout is one especially not to miss. Our first stopover was at Lorne to see the Cape Otway Lightstation - an 18 meter lighthouse built in 1848 made of sandstone. Whale oil, then kerosene was used to keep the light burning. Later changes included diesel generators, electricity, radio and global positioning satellites. The introduction of satellite navigation systems in 1994 caused the 'old light' to be turned off and replaced with a small solar powered beacon.
There were a lot of tourists at the lighthouse, mainly Europeans. Because of my interest in foreign films, I can now distinguish different languages and accents. I always wanted to learn French, Spanish and Japanese. French especially, ‘coz it sounds like music to your ear. One of my cousins knows how to speak
Japanese. She said it’s not hard to learn Japanese as it has similar consonants to our own language......we just have to make it sound angy-er!
Anyway, I can’t help but to overhear one of the gorgeous French girls admiring the ocean view. I was stunned the way she spoke. These were her exact English words (in French accent):
That *bleeping* view looked *bleeping* wonderful……let’s go and have a look at that *bleeping* lighthouse now.
....Please excuse my bleeping french :>
Our next stopover was at Port Campbell. We bought takeaway fish 'n chips for lunch and had them at one of the park benches overlooking the fantastic view of the Port Campbell Foreshore.
We arrived at our accommodation in Peterborough late in the afternoon. There were a lot of seagulls hanging around our cabin, so we fed them our leftover fish 'n chips. We then went for a walk at the beach nearby. It was freezing cold when we got there. My ears started to ache because of the cold weather so we went back to our cabin for a nice hot cup of tea.
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