Saturday, 18 March 2000

day forty-two: great ocean road day one

Up at 6am., no need to be, but the heat willed me to take a long cool shower. I checked out of the hostel about 7.30am, with Richard, the driver for Wayward Bus on this 3 day tour to Adelaide.

After various pickups, including Maddy, we headed out of Melbourne, across the Westgate Bridge, through Geelong, to the coast and our first stop, Bell's Beach. Reputed to be the setting for the final scene in the film "Point Break", although it wasn't filmed here, the Yanks opting for a beach in California. Bell's Beach is impressive, bathed in sunshine, and littered with surfers waiting patiently for the "Big One"

Next stop was Lorne, on the Great Ocean Road proper, a popular holiday destination for Melbournites, and our tea break.

Further down the road, we stopped at Apollo Bay for a walk on the beach, before heading off the coast into the Otway Ranges, and lunch at Melba Gully.

Plenty of photo opportunities in the afternoon, with various rock formations back on the coast. Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge, Bay of Martyrs, scattered around out tea break at Port Campbell.

Finally, we headed to Tower Hill, a 20,000 year old volcanic crater where we spotted kangaroos and, for my first time in 6 visits to Oz, a wild koala or four!

We reached Port Fairy, our accommodation was at the YHA. Dinner was at the local pub, nothing fancy. We all stayed off the beer tonight, the ill effects of St. Patricks Day beginning to take its toll.

I stayed up until about 11pm, chatting with Maddy. Everyone else had disappeared long ago.