RTW Day 50 - Great Ocean Road

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April 6th 2018
Published: April 6th 2018
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Our second day of driving the Great Ocean Road. It’s raining so my enthusiasm for sightseeing is waning. We drive through Great Otway National Park. My guide book has promised koalas but we don’t spot any. Maybe they hate rain too.

We reach Cape Otway lightstation and the old man goes to explore. I stay in the car. I have washed my waterproof jacket so it’s no longer waterproof – more a sort of rain magnet.

It stops raining so I go for a walk. Behind a big sign saying ‘wrong way – turn round’ is a public footpath which provides a pleasant walk to a lookout over the lighthouse. The company that runs the lighthouse and charges $20 entry fee has disguised the footpath to discourage people from looking at the lighthouse for free.

We return to the Great Ocean Road. For the next 40 miles it’s mostly inland and peppered with road works so it doesn’t feel particularly ‘great’ or ‘ocean’.

Eventually we rejoin the coast and work our way along the obligatory tourist stops. The Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge (which really has fallen down), The Arch, The Grotto. It’s all about rocks today.

That completes the Great Ocean Road. We stop overnight at Warrnambool, because it has a parkrun. So it’s dinner and an early night because parkrun is at the earlier time of 8 am here.

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