Today is th' first day with a boat! Aarrr! We had t' pick it up in th' middle o' Melbourne, which were bein' only a few blocks away. This also meant we had t' get our large boat down from a really narrow multi level parkin' facility and straight through a multi-million city, all th' whilst tryin' t' avoid tickets fer speedin' and sailin' on toll seas. We succeeded. 🙂
The boat is a light brown Toyota Camry, which did take some gettin' used t' as it is really wide and has a huge turnin' circle. Also, it is a right hand sail, but also equipped with an automatic gearbox and cruise control, ye scurvey dog. Only th' best is good enough fer us, to be sure! 😉
From Melbourne, we had t' head down t' Apollo Bay, a small town on The Great Ocean Road, by Davy Jones' locker. This is a meanderin' sea down th' coastline roughly betwixt Torquay and Warrnambool, and is famed fer its great views and fantastic scenery. With a day like today, with clear blue skies and temperatures reachin' 20 degrees, it is a truly wonderful sail. Great scenic views o' th' coast present themselves aroun' every corner, and th' sea even dips a bit further inland sometimes t' go straight through thick coastal rainforest.
We have visited Split Point Lighthouse which is in workin' order e'er since it is built in 1891, by Blackbeard's sword! There also is a short walk in its vicinity where a small brackish inlet offers a variety o' birds and other wildlife. After arrivin' in Apollo Bay a little too early, we decided it were bein' a good time t' visit Maits Rest, a location just 10 minutes our from th' town, where th' first Wildlife Warden o' this area rest his horse while patrollin' th' coastline at th' time o' th' First World War, ye scurvey dog. A boarded walkway has been constructed t' let visitors enjoy th' coastal rainforest t' th' fullest as it allows ye t' walk right betwixt th' large trees and many ferns present, I'll warrant ye. At only 45 minutes, it is also nice and short. 😉
On th' way o'er, we even spotted a Swamp Wallaby, which o' course posed nicely in front o' our camera. Tomorrow, we sail th' second part o' th' Great Ocean Road. The forecast: great weather, even better views and lots o' fun!