They say that the Great Ocean Road is one of the sights not to be missed when you visit Australia, so we decided not to miss it.
This was the last couple of days of our road trip from Adelaide, to reach Melbourne and they were right, this was an experience not to be missed. There are many ocean roads around the world that are stunning, and we’ve been on quite a few, but this has to be right up there with the best.
Not because of the white knuckle ride around hair pin bends with steep cliff edges dangerously falling off into the wild ocean waves below. There was a bit of that, but it was more for the breath-taking rock formations that are visible from designated stops.
We were lucky that on our days the sky was cloudless, the sun was hot and the sea was a vibrant aquamarine colour. This then is made even more dramatic as a backdrop when you set it against the sandstone formations jutting up from the sea bed, or stretching out from the shore.
There are so many little coves and hidden beaches that it’s hard to remember them all. Each stop is even more stunning than the last.
The most iconic amongst them is the Twelve apostles and it is the one featured in many of the brochures for the Great Ocean Road. If you try to count them, you will find them coming up short. Some have already crumbled and broken off and returned to the sea bed. But for some reason the eight apostles does not have the same ring to it.
Talking of things falling down, one of the formations is called London Bridge. True to the song, London Bridge has fallen down. What used to be a double arch bridge, is now a little island with a single arch, separate from the mainland. The bridge fell down into the sea in the early 1990’s, but luckily no one was hurt. And although it is still called London Bridge, it is a bridge no longer.
Our final stop before reaching Melbourne was the lovely city of Geelong. This is only an hour from Melbourne but still has a distinctive feel of its own. It was here that we managed to have a fantastic lunch at an all vegan café called Dolly’s sister. We also went to the waterfront to see the pier.
We could go on and on about this country and we have hardly seen any of it yet. The wildlife and the birdlife is extraordinary and deserves its own blog post, but for now we wanted to share these cheeky chappies, that are wild, numerous and very bold. Think of them like the seagulls that pinch your icecream at Brighton beach. They are both a type of cockatoo. The white one is known as a sulphur crested Cockatoo and the pink one’s are called Galahs.
We also saw these birds, always flying in pairs at a great height and we have not seen them in any towns or urban areas. We think they are Carnabys Black Cockatoos, which are a large bird preferring agriculture or coastal regions.
Little man did not come out for the Great Ocean Road. He said it was too hot. Next stop Melbourne.