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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Great Ocean Road


Today, on the way to the Great Ocean Road, Robbie and I stopped at Fairhaven beach to do some boogie boarding.

We stopped at Apollo Bay where we enjoyed the calm blue water until we were chased out by flies.

Next we went to the Loch Ard Gorge where, on May 31, 1878 a ship called the Loch Ard was finishing its three month journey from Gravesend, England and crashed killing all but two of its passengers. There I explored a dark, dripping cave and enjoyed the sliver of a view out into what has become known as the Shipwreck Coast.

The next stop was the Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks 45m high that are slowly eroding away - a couple have fallen already.

After that we went to Tower Hill Reserve, a volcano crater with a prehistoric, "land of the lost" feel full of wallabies, kangaroos, emus, koalas, and rabits.

After getting lots of good footage we walked along the breakwater at Warrnambool and went to get some steak sandwiches. Finally, we went to check out another volcano called Mt Leura. After observing the cities below, and enjoying the general serenity provided up top, we made our way down for the final leg of our journey. While driving along Robbie pointed out some walls made from volcanic rock. He explained that these walls were constructed, as with much of the early infrastructure of Australia, by convicts.

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