Lucky us picked up a brand new SUV for our car relocation from Adelaide to Melbourne, just have to make the journey in 3 days no more. Our leisurely drive covering 1100km took us through Mount Gambier checking out the truly Blue Lake some 4 hours from Adelaide. Arriving at Warrnambool, a town besieged by a fairly consistent downpour the whole of our 14 hour stay there, although seeing the fairy penguin colony on a nearby island was so cool.
We managed to find a comfy Airbnb digs with a bedroom that was so long we could have fit 4 double beds in it…we are just not that used to such big spaces to live in nowadays.
Now the fun bit of the drive down what is known as The Great Ocean Road which took us all the way along the coast from Warrnambool to Apollo Bay. The photos don’t really do it justice, let alone the photography skills, nor the iphone capabilities. Parking up and running between the raindrops out to some spectacular lookout point proved to be exhilarating and good for our fitness, nothing like running in a pair of hiking boots.
The mountains have names like Razor Back, London Bridge, the 12 Apostles, even though there are now only 10 of them, mainly due to some of the limestone collapsing and in one case, I think London Bridge, the connecting piece to the land mass actually collapsed while 2 people were on the new island mass, needing emergency air evacuation, now there is a story to tell your grandkids every 100,000 years it happens. It’s no wonder with the power of the ocean crashing into the land and its spray so hard that it creates weird and wonderful shapes in the rock face along the coastline.
Taking turns driving is a welcome relief for both of us as it allows us both to gaze at the amazing countryside and coastline along our winding route. Deep down into the forests winding depths and darkness only to appear about an hour later at the height of some jagged cliff face with a spectacular view that simply takes your breath away. Wow!
A truly memorable drive and probably very fortunate that it was not summertime, when the single road for these many kilometres would have been backed up with painfully slow admiring traffic.