Now bare with me, its now a little while since we actually did this trip, so I may have forgotten a few minor details.
We were picked up from our hostel in Melbourne by hte lovely tour guide Will. Now Will is possibly THE most laid back person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. After intros he explained that this was Will's 'Too Easy Tour'. This is Oz lingo just means No Problem No worries, Be Happy. Everything was 'Beautiful' and we were just 'cruising'. There was no rushing or being stressed on Will's tour.
Firstly we visited Bells Beach which is just outside Torquay. This is where there is amazing surf and consequently is very popular and has the ripcurl championships held there every year. Ripcurl and Quicksilver both began their lives in this area. Bell was the man who owned the land you had to cross to get to the beach, all the guys had to ask his permission to cross.
Bells Beach is right near the start of the Great Ocean Road. This road was built my the guys who came back from war and had nothing to do, so they built a road! It was to attract tourism to the area as before it was seen to be only available to the rich and famous as you could only reach certain areas by boat. Unfortunatley a few years back, a terrible bush fire swept the area and stook nearly all the houses with it, all except one which is called the birdcage which is the living room of a house which stands out up high on a pole!!!! Oh and thats where we saw the lighthouse from Round The Twist, there were only 4 people who knew what it was, I was VERY excited by it.
That night we stayed in Port Cambell. Not much to say here! We went to the twelve apostles which are colomns of rock that have become sparated from the cliffs by errosion. This was cool coz we got to see them at sunset, which we thought was going to be rubbish initially then turned oput really beautiful.
Next day we followed the Great Ocean Road further, stopping at more rock fromations such as London Bridge and The Bay of Islands. Afterwards we headed up into the Grampians, a group of mountains. Here we did the Pinnicle walk which was very knackering, very up and very hot. There was a very cool 'Echo Cave' there where if you shout it echos all across the range. The views , once we finally got to the top were amazing. That night we stayed in really cool accomodation, small chalets where we cooked a group meal and had a few drinks, by this point the group was really beginning to bond. We had crazy Rach from Northampton, lovely girl working out here as a nanny in Perth. Next we have Jill, from Holland who is currently traveling on her own but has been traveling Oz quite a while and sadly has to go home in 4 weeks. Then there was Scottish Bobby, Irish Phil, British Darren, German Caroline, Danish Kasper and Canadian Kent. Cracking group of people and had quite a laugh.
Next day was another walk, this time Hollw Moutain. This was less hiking more climbing! There was not much path you just scrambled over te rocks, gain well worth the view, although Dave squished his sunny Gs which we was most miffed about! When that was done we had the last long leg back to Adelaide. Once there we all went for a meal togther and then went to the beach the next day. A really nice group of people, who I was sad to be leaving, but Perth was waiting.....