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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Port Campbell March 10th 2019

Had a relatively quiet day today. On my initial drive to Port Campbell I missed Wreck Beach (no signage) so today, with the help of Google Maps, I retraced my steps about 40 km so I could visit it. The access road was long, narrow and gravel so not a fun drive. At the trailhead the sign said "Wreck Beach 350 meters". Not bad, except it was down a steep steep hill with steps. The beach itself was small, quite rugged and it was not hard to believe there were shipwrecks in the area. Although at low tide you could see parts of the shipwrecks, the sites were a km away and I did not chance the trip along the beach not knowing the tides. Anyway I did visit Wreck Beach. I must say the trip ... read more
Wreck Beach
Wreck Beach
Wreck Beach

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Port Campbell March 9th 2019

On Day 10 I left Apollo Bay for Port Campbell to see the iconic Twelve Apostles rock formations. First stop, however, was another short hike through a rain forest at Melba Gully. The Madsen Track is about two km long and takes about 40 min. A lovely trek through the rain forest. The first stop in Port Campbell National Park was to tackle Gibson Steps. 89 steps takes you down to the beach where you can view the rock stacks of Gog and Magog. It was fun walking next to these mammoth structures with the waves rushing in. Then came the Twelve Apostles; the iconic rock formations associated with the Great Ocean Road. These are what you see on all the postcards of the area. Although there are now only seven rock stacks, they are observable ... read more
Melby Gully
Melby Gully
Melba Gully

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Port Campbell March 9th 2019

After visiting the Twelve Apostles, it was time to visit the lesser visited areas of Port Campbell National Park. These included numerous unique rock formations within the park such as The Arch, London Bridge and The Grotto. All are unique in nature and worthy of a visit. They lie just west of the Twelve Apostles. Further west yet is the Bay of Islands Coastal Park. This is an area of numerous bays, coves and beaches the majority of which also have the rock formations and sea stacks of the area. In my view these are more impressive than the "touristy" Twelve Apostles, with fewer people visiting. I covered the area in detail visiting Wild Dog Cove, Halladale Point, Bay of Martyrs, Massacre Bay, Croft Bay and the Bay of islands. All of these areas have the ... read more
The Arch
London Bridge
Beach adjacent to London Bridge

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Port Campbell November 11th 2015

Daar is ie weer! A brand new blog van ThuisAroundTheWorld. We zijn indertussen in het zuiden van Australië beland en hebben meer dan 4000 km gereden. Ons campertje houdt het nog goed. Sinds de vorige blog zijn we via Canberra door de snowy mountains naar de zuidkust afgezakt. In Canberra hebben we wat culturele dingetjes meegepakt. Vooral het war memorial museum was zeer indrukwekkend, nu er extra aandacht wordt besteed aan de eerste wereld oorlog aangezien het 100 jaar geleden is. In de snowy mountains hebben we Mt. Kosciuszko beklommen waar sommige van jullie wellicht de foto van hebben gezien op Facebook. Na deze beklimming hebben we een helse tocht van 150 km over onverharde wegen dwars door de bergen doorstaan. Hierbij kwam nog een extra verrassing dat onze tank bijna leeg was. Maar, we hebben ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Port Campbell April 3rd 2015

This post finds me in Melbourne, Australia for Easter weekend; but the story begins some months before in Roos, England over the Christmas holiday. Julia and I were vising her family in Roos for Christmas, and one of my gifts was a Xmas card requesting that she set aside the Easter weekend for a surprise holiday (combined xmas and birthday gift). Not much more was said about Easter Weekend until two weeks prior to departure, when I sent her an email outlining what she needed to pack – but still gave no clue as to where we were headed (in fact I stipulated that I would not discuss the trip/destination and that it would be cancelled if the topic was raised)… All along I’d given hints and clues that suggested a weekend in New Zealand – ... read more
31 March - Merry Birthday and Happey Xmas
2 April - AKL airport
Day 1(D1) - Geelong waterfront

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Port Campbell March 31st 2015

I woke up with cold feet which was very strange. I looked around and noticed that the window (right next to my feet) was open and a cool breeze was blowing in. In fact, it was almost cold and there was mist swirling around outside. This is quite common (sea mist) along the coast. We had a quick breakfast and drove to the Loch Ard Gorge carpark and explored the area, including the famous gorge. The gorge is named after the clipper ship, which ran aground in June 1878 after three months sailing from England. Only two of the 54 passengers and crew survived. Tom Pearce, a fifteen years old ships apprentice, was washed ashore and, hearing cries for help, went back into the water to attempt to save Eva Carmichael, a 17 year old Irish ... read more
Loch Ard Gorge again
Looking out to sea from Loch Ard Gorge
The Loch Ard beach

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Port Campbell April 30th 2014

Hi blog followers. We are at Port Campbell still and now that the weather has come good for us, we headed out to see and photograph all that the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge, The Gorge, The Martyrs, The Grotto, The Bay of Islands, The Arch and the many other spots have to offer. We also took in a couple of spots in land like the Boggy Creek Pub (see picture) and Timboon to do the loop back to Port Campbell. As you will see from the pictures (I had to severely cull them down) we took them both in the morning and in the afternoon to get the different aspects and the diversity of colours these sites can offer. We also got caught in a sun shower in the afternoon on one of the trails and ... read more
The Twelve Apostles
Lyn with the Twelve Apostles
London Bridge

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Port Campbell April 29th 2014

Hi blog followers. After spending a coolish night (see photos of our first camp fire), we have moved yet again from Kennett's River. This time we spent a night "free camping" at Johanna right at the bottom of Victoria. It was recommended to us and it did not let us down. What a great place. Well kept by Victorian Parks with good facilities and the grounds are well mown etc. See photos. Johanna appears to be visited by the dedicated surfers (see photo) as it is not far off the Great Ocean Road and close to the Twelve Apostles etc. We only stayed one night as the weather turned bad on us with the wind blowing up over night and then steady rain today, so we decided to head for Port Campbell and do our laundry ... read more
Johanna Beach
Johanna
Artist impression

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Port Campbell October 29th 2013

Geo: -38.6201, 142.995Checked out for our onward journey......left Apollo Bay at 9am. The roads are really quiet. Makes you wander if we're so far out of the holiday season. We venture along and fall upon Melba Gulley. It's well advertised on the net but we're the only ones here. Nice place though....it's a bit of a tropical jungle with a path through it. If you standstill there's nothing but the flow of water, wind in the trees and sounds of the wildlife. David Attenborough eat your heart out! Next was a drive along the coast to the 12 Apostles...actually there's just 7 of them. But the rock formations are amazing and Loch Ard gorge was quite spectacular. Thunder Cave was ok too. 'Tick' done it....Time to move on and find somewhere to stay. We reached Port Campbell. ... read more
Twelve Apostles
Loch Ard Gorge
London Bridge

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Port Campbell July 2nd 2013

Port Campbell, Victoria, 2 juillet Depuis Sydney, j'ai mis le cap vers la pointe sud du continent et j'aborde aujourd'hui les rivages de l'océan Indien... La South Shore, le Wilson's Promontory et maintenant la Great Ocean Road, wow, que de beautés... Le soleil s'est enfin montré et je goûte chaque seconde de cet extraordinaire périple. Le dépaysement est total: le soleil fait route au nord, la conduite à gauche me déconcerte encore, la faune australienne me fascine (kangourous, wombats, kookaburras et perroquets!) et la voute céleste m'est totalement nouvelle (j'ai tout de même repéré la Croix du sud). Bref, le géographe s'éclate totalement! Je vous laisse apprécier les images tandis que je retournerai demain matin aux Twelve Apostles tant le site est extraordinaire... Tourlou!... read more
Kookaburra
Wombat
Perroquet




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