Port Campbell to Portarlington

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Twelve Apostle sign
Today we continued our trip along the Great Ocean Road with our destination being Portarlington. We had quite a few stops along the way, as this part of the Road was spectacular! The first stop was Loch Ard Gorge, which is where a ship called the Loch Ard sank. This part of the Road is also known as the Shipwreck Coast. The most famous stop was The Twelve Apostles, which is basically a group of rocks in the ocean. There used to be twelve, now there are a few less as some of them collapsed into the ocean and were swept away. We stopped here for quite a while, as there is a bit of a walk and there is a lot to see. We took heaps of pictures, and the weather had cleared up considerably which was a bonus! The last part of the Great Ocean Road (going in the direction we were travelling, which seems to be the wrong way as everything is only signposted from the other direction) is very windy, and we all got car sick so we had to get out every few minutes to get some fresh air.
Information sign
Merv and I swapped driving quite a bit too, as the car sickness wasn’t as bad when you were driving. This all meant that we got to Portarlington a bit later than we had hoped, but we got there in the end!

Our hosts Peter and Denise welcomed us into their home as if we were long lost family, and that’s what it felt like. We had heard so much about each other through my mum that we felt as if we had already met. As they have three grandchildren of around our kid’s ages they had heaps of toys for Reagan to play with, and there was a cot and high chair so we didn’t need to get all our stuff out, which was great! They must have thought we weren’t eating properly or something, the spread that they put on was unbelievable… While we talked we put some loads of washing through (as someone said to me in Port Augusta: “A woman’s work is never done”), had dinner and put the kids to bed. Peter and Denise have travelled quite a bit, and Peter is a bit of an expert on Australia (even though he was born in Holland), so we had quite a bit to talk about. It was a late night…

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Twelve Apostle sign
Twelve Apostle sign
Information sign
Information sign
Stairs
Stairs
Small cave
Small cave
Loch walls
Loch walls
Loch Cove
Loch Cove
Loch entrance
Loch entrance
Loch Gorge
Loch Gorge
Apostle Lookout
Apostle Lookout
Arch
Arch
Apostle close-up
Apostle close-up
A few more Apostles
A few more Apostles
One Apostle
One Apostle
The Twelve Apostles
The Twelve Apostles
Fern
Fern
Portarlington
photo by: ice4swervin