so it looks like I have a few weeks to catch up on… I am sorry for those of you who have hassled me to distract them with my blog instead of studying for exams. my sincerest apologizes and I won’t let this happen again.
let’s go back in time to Saturday Feb 18th 2012.
The Great Ocean Road Excursion. My memory of this excursion isnt as great as it would be if I blogged right after so i’ll jot down the highlights of what I can remember 🙂
Geelong – After a very very early morning following a night out on the town, Madison, Daniela, Rick and I began our Great Ocean Road day tour. The Great Ocean Road is located south of Melbourne, and is one of the most scenic excursions I have been on in my entire life. After a short highway drive we made our way through the first area which is categorized in the Great Ocean Road. Geelong I had heard of previously as many people who I have met in Uni, and on my street are from this area. Geelong is Victoria’s 2nd largest city following Melbourne.
Torquay – The next area which we past through was Tourquay. Torquay is known for amazing surfing on the various beaches, most importantly Bells Beach. Many surf competitions take place in this area; specifically the Rip Curl Pro which is held on Easter Weekend.
Anglesea – We continued along the famous GOR route and made our way to Anglesea. We stopped at the Anglesea Golf Club which is known to have wild Kangaroos which habitat in the course’s tree and forests. In Canada we have wild deer who habitat around golf courses, but in Auz their are Roos.
It was the first time I had ever seen a wild roo and it was such a highlight of my trip. I can’t believe how fast they run! It was incredible! Next, we continued through Anglesea and got out of the car for the first time to take a walk down one of the beaches. A footy team was training on the beach, doing various drills… looked more like boot camp to me.
It is amazing to see how intense some footy coaches are with their teams. No pain no game. The beach was absolutally gorgeous and the rock cliffs were just a taste of what was to come through the remainder of the tour.
Lorne – Next, we made our way to Lorne. We stopped in a few places which are located in Lorne, these including: Cape Otway, The Great Otway National Park & The Erskine Waterfalls. The Erskine Waterfall was first on the tour and it was breathtaking. We had to make our way down a very steep set of stairs to get the best possible view of the falls.
There was an opening for those who were feeling a bit adventurous to make their way on the rocks to get closer to the falls. Being the adventurous one I am, I took full advantage of this. I had many close calls and almost slipped and ended up in the falls. We continued through the Otway National Park to an area covered and flourishing in Eucalyptus trees. This only meant one thing… KOALAS! As we made our way down a dirt road we were able to look up in the trees and see wild koalas in their natural habitat sleeping. Koalas sleep 20 our of 24 hours in a day so it is quite rare to see them when they are awake. It is crazy to think that these adorable creatures have a fiesty and vicious nature, but when they are spooked or threatened they will attack.
They have extremely sharp claws and they will use them in self defence. When we reached the end of the road, we got out of the car and were surrounded by trees that were filled with Koalas! They are sooo cute.
It was really frustrating to see a group of foreigners who were taunting the Koala by poking it with a stick. I was so close to saying something to them, but them I realized they didn’t speak english so they wouldn’t understand me. I considered grabbing a stick myself and start attacking them. Well not actually, but the though did cross my mind. The poor Koala was just enjoying his/her time in the tree… give the dude a break.
Throughout the day, I was getting so excited to see the infamous Twelve Apostles. I had seen in many travel books this landmark, and it was something I was dying to see. I mean, there are only 7 of them left, but they are so iconic it was a must see.
Right before we made it to the Apostles we made our way down the 86 Gibson Steps to get a different view of the rocks. It was just after Valentines day and someone had collected sea matter and made a really cute design and saying in the sand. The Great Ocean Road is such a touristy location so it is really well arranged and viewing areas are located in perfect spots. We had such an amazing view of the Twelve Apostles from above.
After a long day of touring, it was time to grab some dinner before we made our way to the final two landmarks on the GOR. However it was harder than we thought to grab dinner as many restaurants are closed between the hours of 3-5 for only coffee and biscuits… weird? yup. we ended up having to settled for pizza at this tiny restaurant.
Port Campbell – After a not so good dinner, we drove a few km’s until we made it to the London Bridge. The London Bridge is another famous landmark on the GOR. There is a really interesting story about when the London Bridge collapsed back in the day.
When the bridge fully collapsed, a love affair was brought out in the open, as the cheater and cheatee had to be rescued and airlifted back to land. They had been abandoned on the other side of the bridge.
The last stop on our GOR tour before we had to make the 3 and a half hour ride back was the Arch. The arch was an incredible site as well.
Watching the waves crash in and around the arch was breathtaking. The rock texture was magnificent as well.
Overall this day trip was amazing. Thanks to Rick Bremner for being an amazing escort. It was so sad to say goodbye to the last parent figure we would be seeing for the next 4 months of this adventure. It was so nice to experience this with Madison and Daniela as well. We had so many laughs along the way and a few unexpected experiences surface as well 🙂