The Great Ocean Road – Version II

Having driven this fantastic road trip on our last trip some 5 years ago we mapped out a plan to take a week along the great trip finishing in Warnnambool on the weekend.

Anglesea – The Surf Coast
We left Melbourne happy with our engagement with the Spring Racing Carnival and headed to Anglesea for the weekend. Any weekend spent on the Great Ocean Road is done with the locals who flock to their popular holiday destinations only an hour or so from the capital. At Anglesea we took the opportunity to walk a short part of the surfcoast walk. Perched up on the cliff edges we mingled with a number of hang glider exponents using the thermals to venture up and down the coast.

coastKennett River and The Otway National Park
It was then onto Kennett River which was a haven for animal life. Koalas, rosellas, kookaburras, blue wrens, finches and an assortment of cockatoos and ducks make the park their home. Julie had a fun time photographing and feeding the birds.

otway2We also made time to tackle a couple of waterfalls, with the walk to Sabine Falls being spectacular through the rain forest. We returned to the Otway Fly and not only did the treetop walk some 30 metres above the ground but also jumped onboard the zip line tour of the forest. This consisted of 9 cloud stations and connecting each one was either a zip line fly or a plank walks suspended various heights above the ground. It was great fun although each fly seemed to go too quickly.

OtwayPeterborough – Iconic Cliffs
After the adventures of The Otway we based ourselves in Peterborough to tackle the amazing sights of the coast and partake in a gourmet tour of the region. The iconic golden cliffs and crumbling pillars of the Twelve Apostles are still an awesome sight to view. Spectacular arches, canyons, fissures, gutters and deep sloping reefs make up the environment below the waves. Wild and powerful waves of the Southern Ocean constantly pound the coastline. These are best viewed out of tourist hours when the tour buses have gone. Dawn and dusk are a photographers delight.

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Gourmet Trail
There are strawberries and then there are Timboon strawberries! We were delighted to taste the legend. The fresh locally made luxury ice cream was full of flavor we tried our luck with lime and coconut and pavlova and passionfruit. Exquisite yes! On the way for lunch we had morning tea at Gorge Chocolate’s. Don’t think there is anything such as bad chocolate. This Belgian based chocolate was certainly tempting. The Apostles Whey Cheese Company was our lunch stop, this included a generous free cheese tasting. Delectable hand-made cheeses, pure milk produced by the contented herd of Jerseys and Friesian cows meant our cheese platter for lunch was sensational.

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Warnnambool – The End of The Road
We arrived in Warnnambool for the weekend. The highlight was the night sound and laser show of the shipwreck – Loch Ard. A seventy-minute night spectacular at Flagstaff Hill certainly rivals the similar show back in Ballarat. Hopkins Falls provided us a look at the widest waterfall in Victoria.

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We are now fuelled up with food, diesel and memories – tomorrow our favourite place Port Fairy.

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