Great Ocean Road Day 2

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The fancy motel in Peterborough

Driving day number two was meant to be a lot shorter than yesterday since we had stopped to see pretty much everything along the way. It's a good thing because I woke up feeling like crap and not really wanting to do a whole lot of sightseeing.

Our first stop was the "Bay of Islands" which is about 5km west of Peterborough. It's basically 20 big rocks out in the water just off the coast. The guide book said it's excellent at sunrise or sunset. We were there around 10:30 and it was still nice.

We stopped in Port Campbell for some breakfast and much needed coffee. There are only three places to chose from when you want breakfast and they all had outdoor seating. the little town is quite nice and probably the best place to stay in the area.

Bay of Islands
I had searched for a hotel in Port Campbell and only realized after I booked it that our motel was in Peterborough, although it's not a big deal since they are only about 10km apart.

We then headed back east and stopped at the "London Bridge". The rock formation used to look like a bridge but a chunk had broken off so now it's a broken bridge. Still pretty cool to see.

The next stop was the "Loch Ard Gorge" which is 4km from the 12 Apostles. It's named after a shipwreck named the "Loch Ard" which had 52 of the 54 people on board die after it sunk. We walked up to a place called the "blow hole", which I was expecting to see a, well, blow hole. Instead it's an inlet of water where the sign said a few bodies washed up from the shipwreck. You could walk down to the beach but I was feeling too crappy for the extra 800m of walking so back in the car we went.

London Bridge

The only major site left to see was the "Otway Fly Tree Top Walk" that is situated about 20km off the GOR into basically the middle of nowhere. Getting close to the site, we realized that the gas tank was almost on empty. The tree top walkway place was a stroll through the woods and then a walk up the metal gangways so you end up being about 25 metres above the ground. IO was feeling a bit nauseous so the swaying platforms weren't such a great idea. An older woman was freaking out about them and then Cale joked about jumping up and down on it and I think she was really going to freak out haha

Before we left, we asked someone working there where the nearest gas station was. She said there was one 20km the way we came or about 20 minutes in the direction we were heading towards. So we decided to go forward.

the view at Loch Ard Gorge
Well the road we were on turned into a road less than the width of two cars. There were signs about logging trucks and we almost hit into one around a corner. Then the road just went windy to the left, windy to the right with no signs of where we were. The map we had was for the Otway National Park and didn't have the road we were on printed on it. We caught up with a van that had a Canada flag on it. We waved them over and asked if they knew where we were or where we were headed. They said they were headed for Geelong, which is about 200ish km away. Thinking we were headed away from the water and where we knew there were towns with gas, I started to worry we were going to run out of gas in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone coverage. They let us drive in front of them in case we ran out but they said they were running low as well.
riding one of the many dinosaurs at the tree top walk
For the next 10 minutes or so we were starting to get a little bit panicked.

Eventually we saw a stop sign and the road we were looking for. We drove past the place that the lady had said there was gas because it didn't look like much of a town. We knew there would be some in Apollo Bay and that was about 15km away. Cale kept putting the car in neutral down the hills to save the gas, which thankfully was most of the way down to Apollo Bay. After a pretty nerve wrecking hour, we pulled into a Mobil gas station. Whoo Hooo! It's a good thing the little Holden is very fuel efficient!

After that excitement, we pretty much just drove back to Melbourne along the coast.

Bay of Islands

That night I met up with Alix for a little cruise around the city since I still had my car until the morning. We went down to St Kilda Pier to see if the penguins were going to march in. We got there around 8:45 and one of the volunteers said they start coming in around 9:15. We ended up seeing a couple come in which was pretty cool. You see them pop out of the water and then waddle up the beach to get to the rocks. There was quite a crowd there as well, so there was lots of excitment when someone would see one popping out of the water.

 

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The fancy motel in Peterborough
The fancy motel in Peterborough
Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands
London Bridge
London Bridge
the view at Loch Ard Gorge
the view at Loch Ard Gorge
riding one of the many dinosaurs a…
riding one of the many dinosaurs …
Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands
How excited do I look
How excited do I look
The view from breakfast in Port Ca…
The view from breakfast in Port C…
yes someone thinks they are as coo…
yes someone thinks they are as co…
Port Campbell beach
Port Campbell beach
the view at Loch Ard Gorge
the view at Loch Ard Gorge
The razorback at Loch Ard Gorge
The razorback at Loch Ard Gorge
The view from the top of the tower
The view from the top of the tower
pretending to puke into the fern g…
pretending to puke into the fern …
one of the many signs along the hi…
one of the many signs along the h…
one of the many signs along the hi…
one of the many signs along the h…
The famous blow hole
The famous blow hole
view of the city at St Kilda pier
view of the city at St Kilda pier
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photo by: Morle