Day 60 - Melbourne to Apollo Bay
A day of travelling today as we hit the Great Ocean Road which started obviously by picking up a hire car in Melbourne. The girl tried to offer us an upgrade to a sport car which she was trying to tell us would have better road holding for the bends. Our response was that we had managed to negotiate New Zealand's bends in a camper van that had absolutely no road holding capabilities at all so we would be fine in an ordinary saloon plus there was no way we could fit our luggage into anything smaller. After picking up our luggage from the hotel we set off onto the freeway south. We have realised now why all the cars seem to be automatics, not only is everything a long distance but with all the traffic jams and traffic lights in the city you'd be changing gear all the time with a manual.
We got onto the Great Ocean Road at Torquay and followed it to Apollo Bay where we stop the night. Had the weather been better it would have been a stunning drive today with small seaside towns and isolated bays along the route, sadly the sun has deserted us again and there was a lot of sea mist and cloud. Gather from talking to locals here in Apollo Bay that they have had a rubbish summer with only a handful of "beach" days since last June; doesn't make us feel much better though. It's Labour Day this weekend so a bank holiday and pretty much typical for their equivalent August Bank Holiday. Having said that the sun has just popped his hat on though the clouds and is shining on our balcony so must get out there quick smart with my G&T.