Great Ocean Road Day 2
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.