Great Ocean Road
After the excitement of Neighbours night, and viewing the Melbourne botanical gardens and the very interesting Australian Centre for the moving image, we picked up a hire car and headed out on the great ocean road. Filled with expectations of bendy cliff top roads with spectacular sea views and friendly seaside towns, and that's exactly what we got. I won't say too much about the drive out of Melbourne except to say at one point round the city maze I ended up racing a tram to be able to make a right turn.
The fun started at Torquay (home of Rip Curl and Quicksilver) where the Great Ocean Road began along with the scenic views.
We drove for about an hour after Torquay to our base in Lorne, which was a nice seaside town, and our first nights accomadation. This accomdation was a very small, but very cheap ($30), tent. It was a lot of fun for the night, but don't think we could have managed two and the next night moved into a room in the hostel. The next day we headed out along the rest of the road all the way to London Bridge rocks just passed the small cove of Port Campbell. We then turned back and visited several sites along the road back to Lorne, including the shipwreck site of the Lord Ard and the Twelve Apostles.
The next day we headed in the opposite direction to town of Anglesea to see Kangaroos at the Anglesea Golf Course, but unfortunately it was a very hot day and all the Roos were sheltering under trees rather than annoying the few golfers braving the heat.
From Anglesea we headed back to Airey Inlet and the split lighthouse (where the TV show Round the twist was filmed), we also stopped at several great views to take some snaps of the ocean. That night we stayed up drinking far too much wine and swapping stories with a another travelling couple.
It's fair to say we had a great time on the Great Ocean Road and could have stayed for longer.
Right now we are back in Melbourne for the night before heading out early on the train to Adelaide and a mere ten hour train journey. But a lot more comfortable than the bus (I hope).