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Apostle lookout
The drive to our next stop was only a short one in distance, but as we travelled further along the Ocean road it seemed to get longer and longer. One of our first stops was an area of coastline with the attraction known as The Twelve Apostles, which I must say was very spectacular. I have seen many pictures of the area before and I tried to take some myself, but I don’t think any pictures can do this area the justice it deserves.

Unfortunately we received some bad news at this stage of our trip, my Aunt Desley in Rockhampton had passed away. These things are always a shock and this was the second time during the trip that we’d received bad news. Lets hope that this will be all the bad news for the trip.

We got back on the road, and as we had decided to only travel about 250 kilometres today we thought we could stop and see a few sights.

Apostle and cliffs
There were a few more stops along this part of The Great Ocean road, one where I even walked down onto the beach amongst these huge cliffs in a small cove, where I discovered that they were even more spectacular from this angle. We then took a detour off the road to the Ottway Tree Tops Walk, which sounded spectacular. Unfortunately when we got there we were faced with a ridiculous entrance price and told the walk was over 2 kilometres and would take in excess of an hour as it was a gradual climb through the trees to reach the 60metre height of the walk. All this while pushing the kids on a stroller didn’t appeal so we continued on the drive.

We continued through the Ottway National Park, which was a very slow and winding road but very spectacular until we got to Apollo Bay which marked the beginning of another part of the drive.

Twelve Apostles and cliffs
For the next 100 Kilometres the road followed the coast line. This part of the coast wasn’t as well known as the shear cliffs near the Twelve Apostles, rather it consisted of beach after beach separated by hills and the road literally had been carved out in the side of the hills. At first the drive was fun and spectacular, but after a few kilometres of slow winding driving we all started to feel car sick, which apparently is part of the challenge of this drive (everyone told us this after the fact). We struggled through and made plenty of stops but it felt like it was taking us a long time to get anywhere. Eventually we made it to Anglesea and we found a motorway which lead to us through Geelong and onto our destination for the night of Portarlington, on the Bellarine Peninsula at the bottom of Port Phillip Bay near Melbourne.
Twelve Apostles sign

In Melbourne we were staying with friends of Hennie’s (Trish’s Mum), Peter and Denise, he had travelled here as a teenager and married an Aussie. The next day they took us to for a drive around there area before having lunch at a place called Annakie Gorge and then we went onto a Fairy Park. Reagan loved this place as it had an assortment of fairy tale creatures and a huge playground.

The next day we travelled to Geelong where we caught a train to Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city. Being an Aussie I was familiar with Australia’s largest horse race, The Melbourne Cup, which is held the first Tuesday of November, which was the following day. What I didn’t realise being a Queenslander was just how popular this event was. We travelled to the city the day before the cup and they where actually having a parade and festivities for the cup therefore the city was extremely crowded.

The Arch
When travelling with kids and in an unknown city this can prove hard. I would not recommend seeing the city on or around this busy time and it detracted from our visit.

The highlight of this part of our trip was our stay with Peter and Denise as it was very comfortable and they made us feel right at home. We had never met them before but were made to feel part of their family, a big thanks to them both.

The next day was our trip to the Victoria and New South Wales border.

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Beanstalk
The drive to our next stop was only a short one in distance, but as we travelled further along the Ocean road it seemed to get longer and longer. One of our first stops was an area of coastline with the attraction known as The Twelve Apostles, which I must say was very spectacular. I have seen many pictures of the area before and I tried to take some myself, but I don’t think any pictures can do this area the justice it deserves.

Unfortunately we received some bad news at this stage of our trip, my Aunt Desley in Rockhampton had passed away. These things are always a shock and this was the second time during the trip that we’d received bad news. Lets hope that this will be all the bad news for the trip.

We got back on the road, and as we had decided to only travel about 250 kilometres today we thought we could stop and see a few sights.

Melbourne horse drawn cart
There were a few more stops along this part of The Great Ocean road, one where I even walked down onto the beach amongst these huge cliffs in a small cove, where I discovered that they were even more spectacular from this angle. We then took a detour off the road to the Ottway Tree Tops Walk, which sounded spectacular. Unfortunately when we got there we were faced with a ridiculous entrance price and told the walk was over 2 kilometres and would take in excess of an hour as it was a gradual climb through the trees to reach the 60metre height of the walk. All this while pushing the kids on a stroller didn’t appeal so we continued on the drive.

We continued through the Ottway National Park, which was a very slow and winding road but very spectacular until we got to Apollo Bay which marked the beginning of another part of the drive.

Castle at Fairy Park
For the next 100 Kilometres the road followed the coast line. This part of the coast wasn’t as well known as the shear cliffs near the Twelve Apostles, rather it consisted of beach after beach separated by hills and the road literally had been carved out in the side of the hills. At first the drive was fun and spectacular, but after a few kilometres of slow winding driving we all started to feel car sick, which apparently is part of the challenge of this drive (everyone told us this after the fact). We struggled through and made plenty of stops but it felt like it was taking us a long time to get anywhere. Eventually we made it to Anglesea and we found a motorway which lead to us through Geelong and onto our destination for the night of Portarlington, on the Bellarine Peninsula at the bottom of Port Phillip Bay near Melbourne.
Melbourne Railway Station

In Melbourne we were staying with friends of Hennie’s (Trish’s Mum), Peter and Denise, he had travelled here as a teenager and married an Aussie. The next day they took us to for a drive around there area before having lunch at a place called Annakie Gorge and then we went onto a Fairy Park. Reagan loved this place as it had an assortment of fairy tale creatures and a huge playground.

The next day we travelled to Geelong where we caught a train to Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city. Being an Aussie I was familiar with Australia’s largest horse race, The Melbourne Cup, which is held the first Tuesday of November, which was the following day. What I didn’t realise being a Queenslander was just how popular this event was. We travelled to the city the day before the cup and they where actually having a parade and festivities for the cup therefore the city was extremely crowded.

Church
When travelling with kids and in an unknown city this can prove hard. I would not recommend seeing the city on or around this busy time and it detracted from our visit.

The highlight of this part of our trip was our stay with Peter and Denise as it was very comfortable and they made us feel right at home. We had never met them before but were made to feel part of their family, a big thanks to them both.

The next day was our trip to the Victoria and New South Wales border.

Apostle lookout
Apostle lookout
Apostle and cliffs
Apostle and cliffs
Twelve Apostles and cliffs
Twelve Apostles and cliffs
Twelve Apostles sign
Twelve Apostles sign
The Arch
The Arch
Beanstalk
Beanstalk
Melbourne horse drawn cart
Melbourne horse drawn cart
Castle at Fairy Park
Castle at Fairy Park
Melbourne Railway Station
Melbourne Railway Station
Church
Church
Clock Tower
Clock Tower
Twelve Apostles closeup
Twelve Apostles closeup
Federation Square
Federation Square
Fern Tree
Fern Tree
Geelong Train
Geelong Train
Large Heineken Beer Bottle
Large Heineken Beer Bottle
Trish and Jordan
Trish and Jordan
Cove
Cove
Cove... Guess which famous 1980s …
Cove... Guess which famous 1980's…
Cliffs
Cliffs
Beach and cliffs
Beach and cliffs
Melbourne Tram
Melbourne Tram
Reagan on a pony
Reagan on a pony
Stairs from the beach
Stairs from the beach
The Twelve Apostles
The Twelve Apostles
Beached Seal
Beached Seal
Fairy Park
Fairy Park
Portarlington
photo by: ice4swervin