Australia 2014, Day Three: The Great Ocean Road

Our first full day in Australia dawned early – if at, far earlier than my days usually start. 20140215-120754.jpg

Guess all it takes to make me a morning person is a case of jet lag so intense that I fall asleep at 8:00pm.

The early wake-up was good, though, because our tour for the day got underway at 7:30 in the morning. Our destination: theGreat Ocean Road, which hugs the south/southeastern coastline of Australia, except for a short diversion inland through a bit of rainforest. Most of the road was built by hand (no heavy machinery) by returning veterans from the First World War.

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The road starts out along the “surfing coast” beaches, which draw wave fans from around the world, despite what sounds like some incredibly dangerous riptides. (But I guess one does not get into surfing for the safety.) Each beach, it seemed, was prettier than the last.

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But once we hit the “shipwreck coast,” the views got even more beautiful — and dramatic. There was Loch Ard Gorge, scene of a wreck where only two of more than 50 passengers survived. Still plenty of time for that, though.

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And London Bridge, which likely put a hurt on more than one ship, but is most notable these days for the connection to land having broken in the early 1990s, rendering it less London Bridge-like — and stranding two people on the outer portion. (They were rescued by helicopter.)

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Last but not least on our coast road jaunt was the “Twelve Apostles” rock formation. There are not (and apparently never have been) a dozen, but they are quite impressive nevertheless. It was also the first time the gray weather we were experiencing seemed like a boon — the fog and most around the rocks gave them an otherworldly sort of appearance.

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We didn’t make it back to the hotel until after 9:00pm, by which time we were too tired to do anything – even have dinner, so I made no additional forays into kangaroo-eating.

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2 thoughts on “Australia 2014, Day Three: The Great Ocean Road

  1. Mom February 15, 2014 / 9:58 am

    Beautiful photos and commentary! I’m enjoying your & Alison’s vacation :)))

  2. Fran February 15, 2014 / 8:43 pm

    Enjoying your holiday, too. Googled Kanagaroo Vindaloo recipe. Will share when u get home. Have to be beef, oc, but spices sound fab 🙂

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