Great Ocean Road
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Often labeled as one of the worldâ€™s most beautiful scenic
drives, the Great Ocean Road stretches quite a ways westward from Torquay (a
small town about 100 km southwest of Melbourne). The road, originally opened in segments
between 1922 and 1932, hugs the southern Pacific coast of
For most of the morning, a steady rain fell. That made the drive slightly more harrowing but did not dampen the splendor of the scenery. At one particular overlook, we walked down to the beach and explored these amazing sedimentary shelves that formed a barrier between the sands and the water. Natural tidal pools full of crystal clear water surrounded us. Globs of green algae hugged the rocks and multicolored shells collected in little pockets of cold water.
Shortly after that stop, Sheldon and I popped out of the car and took a 15-minute walk in a temperate rainforest. Huge tree ferns and myrtle beeches dominated this ethereal forest that was only slightly inland from the shoreline. The sign at the entrance told us not to worry if it rained, because, after all, it was a rainforest. Thank goodness we were covered in Gore-tex, though; the precipitation just slid right off of us.
After more winding and curving, we arrived at the Twelve
Apostles, one of the most famous sites in
The sun arrived just ahead of us at the national park. We crawled out of our sports car and observed the Apostles from several vantage points. They truly are breathtaking and amazing. Vibrant oranges and soft yellows and creams provide most of the color for the stacks. Each has its own patternâ€¦ jagged on the top but smooth on the edgesâ€¦ or vice-versa. We were unable to see them from ground level, but the view we had (parallel to their tops) was impressive in its own right.
Before turning back to
At some point, Iâ€™ll write an â€śimpressionsâ€ť entry of