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Published: November 4th 2010
The Great Ocean Road
Today was the day I saw the twelve apostles…no I didn’t have an outer body religious experience, I went on the aptly, and honestly named great ocean road!
I got up very early for my trip. I only had one day left in Victoria so I had to take a day trip on the GOR, whereas now I realise it is worth taking a few days over the journey and driving it yourself. I was just limited by time so had little choice but to join a tour.
We drove to the town of Geelong, and the official start of the GOR is a little further round the coast. We stopped at various scenic locations along the GOR, our first stop being the lighthouse from the children’s show “round the twist”. The twisting and turning road was great and every bend revealed a new coastline. We stopped for lunch at Koala cave and spotted only one wild koala in the tree. It is easy to see where koalas have been/are living though because they eat all the eucalyptus leaves off one tree before moving on to the next tree, so there
are patches of baron trees that the koalas have munched thir way through. Locals have started to put up plastic barriers on the trees to encourage koalas to dine at other trees. There were also some beautiful coloured birds at Koala cave.
Further down the coast, we went for a walk in the rainforest, with some ancient trees and interesting wildlife, including a carnivorous snail. Later in the day we arrived at probably the most famous spot along the road - the twelve apostles which make for a dramatic coastline as these rocks emerge from the ocean standing strong and being constantly battered by the waves.
Loch ard gorge was the next striking landscape and the site of a shipwreck many years ago. There were some beautiful walks around the area looking out towards the Antarctic, and the whole coast was a photographer’s playground.
The next stop was London bridge, possible my favourite, and it has it’s own amusing story. It was previously connected to the mainland and visitors could walk across and stand on the bridge. One day a few years back, the connecting piece of land gave way to the ocean and
fell apart. Luckily the school group had already returned to the mainland, but one couple were left stranded on London bridge, awaiting help. Many news crews arrived and everyone wanted their story, but the couple were determined to hide their identities and not say a word. It turned out that they had both called in sick at work that day, and that both of them were having an affair, trying be discreet!!!
London bridge was the last stop for us on the road as we had to head back to Melbourne, where I had a good catch up with an old school friend in St. Kildas - another joy of traveling, the reconecctions all over the world!
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