A Canadian in Australia - thirty days. Days 3 and 4, the start of the Great Ocean Road


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March 2nd 2019
Published: March 2nd 2019
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Cooks Cottage
My third and final day in Melbourne was spent visiting Fitzroy Gardens as well as the nearby Treasury Gardens. Quite a tranquil place with "magnificent" elms lining the pathways, a variety of flowers and ornamental shrubs and trees native to the area. It also includes numerous points of interest including Cooks' Cottage, a scarred tree, a Fairies' tree and numerous walks down tree-lined pathways. It also includes Melbourne's oldest example of public artwork in the form of the River God Fountain. An enjoyable way to spend a few hours. Day 4 was where my journey really began as I picked up my rental and headed to Torquay, the start of the Great Ocean Road. I made it to Torquay relatively easily and after a visit to the information centre I hit the beaches. I stopped counting after 6 - Front Beach, Torquay Surf Beach, Bells Beach ( a world famous beach with world class competitions), Jan Juc Surf Beach and a few others. You could of course view the surfers at several of the beaches. Initially my intent was to hike from one beach to another along the Surf Coast Walk. I did start, but the reality of a stroll when
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Fairies' Tree
the temperature is 39 eventually sank in. Nah, I'll drive! Needless to say the coastal scenery was quite nice with the beaches, waves, and rocks etc. I also visited a local Analemmatic Sundial. This sundial was ornamentally constructed (see photos) and indeed it actually works(well within a half of an hour). A good day with the majority of the Great Ocean Road awaiting to be discovered.


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Scarred Tree
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Model Tudor Village
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River God Fountain
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Not many peoples enjoy the place! but so beautifull
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Analemmatic Sundial

wow, I am impress with that kind of art,
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Analemmatic Sundial

120,000 ceramic times, very detailed, quite impessive
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Fairies Tree

That tree remember me : Tree of life at Disney world.
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Whites Beach

That's good, you don't need swollen foot for your type of vacation!
2nd March 2019
Whites Beach

I was thinking of Suzanne! She would not want to hear, "Dear I was bitten by a snake."
3rd March 2019

Snakes!!
Keep away from e snakes! Great swimming weather!
4th March 2019

Got my FEET wet today. Explored 3 great beaches during a cliff hike. Only 25 today@

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