Day 6: On the Great Ocean Road

A quick look out the window this morning told us the weather changed overnight from clear skies to overcast and grey. Today, we are driving the second leg of the Great Ocean Road, all the way to Warrnambool. The first stop today for us however was Cape Otway, where the Cape Otway Lighthouse stands. This is the first Lighthouse around there, and it has been in active operation since 1848. Unfortunately, you can only visit the grounds around it by paying an entrance fee and going on the full tour, and we passed on this as the road ahead was quite long still.

We were there for another matter anyway: koalas. The road leading from the B100 to Cape Otway Lighthouse is famous for the number of Koalas living alongside it. We, however, failed to see any on route to the Cape. It might have been due to the weather though, as it started drizzling. Luckily for us, the rain lifted pretty soon after this, and our luck finding animals returned: on a dirt road just off the main road, we got lucky and found not 1 but three sitting in the same giant tree! With another Koala resting in the tree next to it, the tally went up to four right there! We stood by them and watched the closest one perform acrobatic feats while feeding. Awesome!

On the way back, we even spotted more up to a point where we could look left and see one, and look right to see another. All very fluffy and generally ignoring our presence, these animals are just a treat to look at. The rest of our journey took us further down the Great Ocean Road where we visited the well known highlights on it. These are the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, the Arch, the London Bridge en the Grotto. They all are formations of the limestone rock set out in the sea or right on the shore of the ocean. And they all are really beautiful!

The weather still was acting up, we basically have had all weather types following each other up every 10 minutes. Ranging from drizzle to rain to full on sunshine, it all was there. Tomorrow, we are heading further inland towards Grampians National Park. It’ll be sad to say goodbye to the great views of the ocean, but we imagine it’ll be beautiful up there as well!

Day 5: Getting away from the city

Today is the first day with a car! We had to pick it up in the middle of Melbourne, which was only a few blocks away. This also meant we had to get our large car down from a really narrow multi level parking facility and straight through a multi-million city, all the whilst trying to avoid tickets for speeding and driving on toll roads. We succeeded. 🙂 

The car is a light brown Toyota Camry, which did take some getting used to as it is really wide and has a huge turning circle. Also, it is a right hand drive, but also equipped with an automatic gearbox and cruise control. Only the best is good enough for us! 😉

From Melbourne, we had to head down to Apollo Bay, a small town on The Great Ocean Road. This is a meandering road down the coastline roughly between Torquay and Warrnambool, and is famed for its great views and fantastic scenery. With a day like today, with clear blue skies and temperatures reaching 20 degrees, it is a truly wonderful drive. Great scenic views of the coast present themselves around every corner, and the road even dips a bit further inland sometimes to go straight through thick coastal rainforest.

We have visited Split Point Lighthouse which is in working order ever since it is built in 1891! There also is a short walk in its vicinity where a small brackish inlet offers a variety of birds and other wildlife. After arriving in Apollo Bay a little too early, we decided it was a good time to visit Maits Rest, a location just 10 minutes our from the town, where the first Wildlife Warden of this area rest his horse while patrolling the coastline at the time of the First World War. A boarded walkway has been constructed to let visitors enjoy the coastal rainforest to the fullest as it allows you to walk right between the large trees and many ferns present. At only 45 minutes, it is also nice and short. 😉

On the way over, we even spotted a Swamp Wallaby, which of course posed nicely in front of our camera. Tomorrow, we drive the second part of the Great Ocean Road. The forecast: great weather, even better views and lots of fun!