Blogs from Otway Ranges, Victoria, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Otway Ranges February 11th 2020

GOR Day6 The rooms at the Lavers Hill Motel were a little basic but adequate and the bluebottle, thank goodness, remained a prisoner all night in the rear room overlooking the Alpaca enclosure. This was made even better when I took out my hearing aids. Excellent food at night, as was the breakfast, which was more than I can say for the weather. Quite foggy and a light drizzle which made me worry about being able to see the rainforest at the Otway Fly. Up and down we rode along the ridge and then down (and up) along the private road to the Otway Rainforest. Luckily the cloud had cleared when we arrived and we had a good walk through the forest and up onto the steel walkways and to the tower to see the ferns, ... read more
the Clitheroe Kid.

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Otway Ranges March 16th 2018

This morning we set out along the Great Ocean Road, but planning to head to the Otway Fly. We have driven along the Great Ocean Road several times in the past, but we have never managed to get around to visiting the Otway Fly since it opened. Just before we reached the Great Ocean Road we saw a wedge-tailed eagle enjoying some road kill for breakfast with two more wedgies sitting on fence posts watching ... or perhaps waiting for their turn? Wow, three wild wedge-tailed eagles in one place! We pulled to the side of the road, but of course the camera was in the back of the car again, not ready to take photos as the eagles flew off into the nearby pine trees. We scrambled around to get the camera out and started ... read more
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Roadworks delay

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Otway Ranges May 15th 2013

The title says it all, I must have picked the absolute worst time to drive the Ocean Road, it has been almost non stop torrential rain, freezing cold a top temp of about 10degrees with a wind chill factor bringing that down to just above freezing. Add to this high winds and heavy seas, do you get the picture, sounds like home doesn't it. The plus side was that I endured it all, the roads to my surprise weren't flooded and I arrived safely in Worranbool unscathed. After leaving Pollo Bay I went to Otway Point, it was raining but not too heavily at this point. The road to the lighthouse was about five or six miles and this area is renowned for koala bears. I saw some people had stopped and were looking up into ... read more
Little cutie koala
Aboriginal hut with fire
Loch Ard Gorge

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Otway Ranges March 24th 2013

Sunday 24thThe day dawned dismal, wind, the odd shower and definitely cold. Marg, Mary and I had planned to go to the Otway Fly, or more precisely the Otway Tree Top Walk. There were no takers from us to do The Fly, (flying Fox) but heaps of young folk did the trip down the valley hanging from the cable. The journey to The Fly is about 30ks passing through Castle Cove and crossing the Aire River. Just north of Castle Cove we came across a caravanner in trouble with left side in the grass but tail stuck out onto the highway. They had their travelling companion stopped a little further up the hill and managing traffic until help could arrive. Not sure if it was a flat tyre on the left or something more serious, but ... read more
Forest walk
Forest walk 2
Tree Top Walk

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Otway Ranges March 24th 2011

Tempting as it was to stay longer in the Grampians, we had to start making a move if we wanted to catch our ferry to Tasmania on Wednesday evening. After much discussion, Paul and I decided to not see Melbourne this time around, as we just did not have time, but rather to return to Melbourne in June on our way to Alice Springs (just a bit of a detour, but it means we can take our time to explore Melbourne, and it also means I will get a chance to see my friend Sylvia and meet her two daughters for the first time, as she now lives in New York and will be visiting Melbourne then). So, with a couple of days up our sleeve, and the sun still shining, we left to tackle the ... read more
c2 Beach Great Ocean Road
c3 Walking to yet another rock formation
c4 But this one was worthwhile

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Otway Ranges March 20th 2011

Cumberland River to Princetown Camping Reserve Early morning rise for a flyfish before checkout, no such luck - plenty of eels in the creek and a few well fed trout that wouldn't take any fly Lach presented to them! Cumberland River was magnificent - beautiful crystal clear stream, with a huge rock wall backdrop. Check out the pics! We decided to head back to Lorne, where we stopped at Teddy's Lookout which gave great views over Lorne and the Great Ocean Road. Had a quick look around Lorne, then headed to Erskine Falls for a 10 minute bushwalk to an amazing part of Victoria. Headed back west on the Great Ocean Road through Apollo Bay- stopping for lunch, and on to Princetown Camping Reserve where we stopped for the night (only $15 unpowered site 6km from ... read more
The Great Ocean Rd
Erskine Falls
Erskine Falls

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Otway Ranges March 17th 2009

DAY 130 Waking up to a cold but fairly dry morning, it had periodically rained throughout the night but there was a good strong wind, I was glad of that as the trailer tent could be dried off a little. We had decided to be up early and off, as we had about 145K’s to go on the way we wanted to see the 12 Apostles, London Bridge and all the other things on the Great Ocean Road that were on offer. I got out of bed at around 7.00am and put the kettle on, we were still alive from drinking the untreated tap water that we boiled for tea last night. The flame came out of the burner, blue with a crown of orange, then went out, sh*t!! We are out of gas and I ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Otway Ranges December 29th 2008

Off to our next stop which was planned to be the Otway National Park. We stopped off at Torquay for Kerry and Dave to do some shopping as it is known as a big surfer town with lots of good shops. We were now starting our drive along the Great Ocean Road. One of the big towns along the road, Lorne, has a music festival that starts on 30th December. It was just our bad luck that we were trying to get along that stretch of the road the day before - along with everyone else. We were nose to tail in traffic for 3 hours. There are no roads off the main one so once you have joined the traffic there is no way to go but forward or back. As this is the only ... read more
Kerry wrapped up

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Otway Ranges December 2nd 2008

We drove down to Portland via Dunkeld and Hamilton and stayed right on the beach at the Henty Bay Caravan Park. Annelies and Thomas loved the recreation room with a giant chess set and free air hockey and table soccer. We stayed for two nights to clean up and do some washing after the Grampians, and on the Wednesday (26th), we went on a free tour of the Portland Aluminium Smelter, and then visited a local park where Annelies and Thomas loved the very long slide. On Thursday we headed east along the Great Ocean Road, stopping briefly at Port Fairy before heading into Warrnambool for lunch at the fantastic and free Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground, which has the best flying fox that we've come across. Annelies and Thomas had several goes on the bigger flying ... read more
Flying Fox, Warrnambool
Twelve Apostles
Hopetoun Falls

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Otway Ranges June 4th 2007

Heej! Zijn we weer… tsja… het is weer tijd voor de twee-wekelijkse drama-serie “Jackie en Robin around the world” … nou, ff recappen naar voorgaande aflevering… die stond in het teken van “actie”! Nou, dat klopt wel een beetje.. de tijd doordeweeks is gewoon nog hetzelfde als het al de hele tijd is geweest… druk bij ons allebei dus, helaas. Eigenlijk niet veel anders, same bullshit, different day! Kortom, we waren weer blij dat het weekend was. Vrijdagavond hadden we voor het eerst in tijden weer met Marco en Ange afgesproken. Toen zij nog in Northcote woonden, zijn we wel eens met hen bij de lokale pizzeria wezen eten. Ze wonen nu een end uit de stad, maar de pizzeria was zo goed bevallen (nog steeds lekkerste pizza die we hier in de stad hebben gegeten, ... read more
Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road
Cape Otway Centre

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