The Great Ocean Road (Apollo Bay to Melbourne, 04.08.2012): Today we travelled the 187km from Apollo Bay to Melbourne. Spirits are low as it is our last day in our lovely camper.
We dragged ourselves out of bed at around 7am and headed for a walk by our campground at Great Otway National Park before heading on a drive to the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk. On the way out of the campground we decided to check by the place where we saw the koalas last night. We were in luck as they were still there along with many friends. There were around 50 koalas. We managed to get some great photos in the daylight. Ended up 1 hour behind schedule as we watched them for so long. We even managed to see some along the Great Ocean Road today. In fact we saw many more koalas than kangaroos - makes a change!
The Otway Fly Tree Top walk is a rainforest walk experience that is approximately 2km in total and features a 600mt long and 30mt high steel structured treetop canopy walkway that takes you right into the treetops. It's the longest and tallest walkway of its type in the world. It was a fantastic walk although we couldn't feel our fingers by the end of it. There was a platypus viewing point on the walk but sadly our luck must have ran out as we didn't manage to spot any.
Having backtracked slightly, we drove back through Apollo Bay and on to Lorne, a lovely seaside town. From Lorne we were able to visit the Erskine Falls, pretty impressive but I preferred the ones at Litchfield I think. Back on the road, disaster struck - a noise started coming from the campervan which to me sounded like something was lose. Oh no, our trusted van has gotten us so far! Thankfully it was just a pebble stuck on the brake discs and it came out after 30 mins - disaster avoided.
From Lorne we followed the road through Aireys Inlet and Anglesea. The road today ran right next to the ocean, there were so many hair pin bends. It was an amazing drive. In the late afternoon we stopped off at Bells Beach and Torquay to watch the surfers before continuing the drive to Melbourne. We had a tough time finding somewhere to camp and after many hours of stressing out we ended up sleeping on some random residential street. We should definitely have stayed on the coast and completed the drive in the morning - oh well hindsight ah!
Finally sleeps in the camper before we hand it in tomorrow at 10am. Now to pack and clean.