As we have travelled around Australia everyone has told us that we have to travel the Great Ocean Road so that is what we have done as we wanted to know what all the fuss was about.
Our first day began with a visit to the surf shop capital Torquay which is at the beginnng of the Ocean Road. A bit cruel when we are3 backpackers and have no money for shopping. After that we started our journey down the road. The first stop was Bells beach famous for the final scene in Point Break. Typically though it wasn't actually filmed in Oz but in fact Americ some where. There was a few surfers about but there were more in the carpark changing back into warm clothes as the weather was not the best. The beach looked inviting but not enough time to hang around and I don't think anyone was willing to strip down to their bikinis to check out the waves. We decided being english that we should take a photo further down the road at Split point lighthouse the setting of the weird kids program Around the Twist.
At the start of the Classic section of the road there is a memorial arch to remember the returne WW veterans who spent 13 years buiding 60km of road. As a result it is good to see a road that follows the natural contours of the landscape not just ripping straight through. We got to stretchour legs at a nice bit of temperate rainforest, lots of cool trees to hang aound in but not much wildlife. This time thankfully no wild boar running out to attack me. Aaron was looking forward to seeing some more Koalas (which are not bears as we keep getting told). We saw a few and we were shocked to see that they were awake, eating of course as they only do the two things. What a life! In the end aaron spent more time feeding the parrots who were obviously used to human attention as they quite happily ate out of your hand.
Later on in the day we headed don the ship wreck coast to see the Twelve apostles. i don't know what i can say about these except for they live up to the reputation (better to look at the pictures). Later after we settled into camp we headed backto them to see the sunset susposedly (only clouds visible) instead we were treated to lots of fairy penguins coming into nest. They were great to watch. It took them about an hour to get on dry land as everytime one of there group got left behind they all turned around and dived back in. Deffinately loyal or stupid choice is yours.
That evening we slept at a cool hostel we drank while watching some locals spend there time running up and down cliffs for at least and hour and then end there exercise with some rowing, Crazy! We did get a good nights sleep as we were so tired as the night before we had been kept awake by a girl texting all night and some one snoring. The joys of ten bed dorms.
The next day we were susposed to go for a helicopter ride over the ten apostles but due to even more carppy weather we had to stay grounded and look at them in the rain instead. London Bridge was quite a sight and the story surrounding its collpse in 1990 was quite funny to hear. It collasped when a guy sacking off work decided to take his bit on the side for a romantic walk. They were stranded on the part detached from land waiting for rescue which was filmed and televised on 6.00 news. Not the best day for the guy. The afternoon we spent in the Grampians., We had a look around yet another Aborigional centre. I was tempted to paint a boomerang with aborigional symbols but decided my art skills have a lot to be desired so I left it to the experts. In the field around it we saw loads of kangaroos. I felt they should have been a bit more wary of Aaron as all he has talked about the last few days is the fact he needs to try a kangaroo staek before he leaves Oz (very little time left). We went for a walk around Mackensie falls. They were nice but have seen better our groiup managed to walk down and back in record time probally due to the fact we were not very prepared for the cold weather. That night was spent like most other nights but aaron had the added bonus of finding some fellow gamblers. His poka game didn't last long though with only $5 left in our wallet.
The highlight of the trip was deffinately the walk the next day up Hollow Mountain. There were excellent views with some very steep drops. We had an 83 year old guy in our group who surprised us all by making it up in very little extra time. Good on him he deserved a big round of applause. After this we were treated to the wonderful views of endless highway. We did however stop at the border town to look at some wierd white kangaroos, not sure they looked too healthy. Then onto Adelaide where we rested for the night.