Great Ocean Road

What a wonderful day. It started with a quick walk at our free camp where we sighted and watched a mother koala and her baby (or adolescent, as it was quite well grown). The youngster entertained us by jumping between branches and harassing it’s mother. Mum didn’t look impressed and raised her sleepy head to give us a ‘bugger off’ look, and the same to the youngster, who scampered up the tree to sulk in a higher fork in the the tree. They were so gorgeous.

We then moved onto a camp ground at Princetown Reserve. It’s close to mid way along the Great Ocean Road, so from here we should be able to see most of the sights. At $25 for a powered site, it’s good value for this neck of the woods, and there’s plenty of room and space around us. We’ve booked for three nights.

After a quick lunch we set off in the direction of Port Campbell taking in the famous coastal sights. Wow!!!

Firstly, the Twelve Apostles (now only eight due to the power of the ocean). We’ve seen thousands of pictures of these awesome natural wonders, and our photos just like all of the others, are nothing in comparison to the real life experience of actually seeing them. The sound of the ocean, the wind, the size – photos can’t come close to doing justice to the real life experience of actually seeing them.

Some of the twelve apostles.

Some of the twelve apostles.

And two more on the other side of the viewing platform

And two more on the other side of the viewing platform

Then onto Loch Ard Gorge. The Loch Ard was one of many ships wrecked off this coast, leaving only two survivors and drowning more than 50. The two survivors came to shore through this narrow gorge.

Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge

Next was London Bridge. London Bridge used to span all the way across. Then in 1992 the centre of the structure collapsed and fell into the ocean. At the time four people were out on the bridge, but miraculously two ended up on the land side of the gap, and the other two were left stranded on the ocean side. They were eventually winched to safety by a helicopter.

London Bridge

London Bridge

There were so many look outs each showing the most amazing coastal scenery.

The Arch

The Arch

Perhaps my favourite.

The Grotto

The Grotto

This spectacular coastline is shaped by waves that can reach as high as 30 metres during a storm with nothing between these headlands and the Antartica. The land reduces by approximately 2 cms a year and has been doing so for many thousands of years, leaving behind these monuments in the ocean. The limestone structures eventually get eroded away at the sea line causing them to topple into the ocean. I guess as some fall to the sea, more must get created, but I don’t know which, if any, have only appeared in my life time.

This one really showed some amazing erosion lines

This one really showed some amazing erosion lines

For any overseas visitors to this site, one thing that’s worthy of comment. We stopped at all of these look outs, parked in designated car parks, and walked down safe and well maintained paths and boardwalks (some of which were real engineering feats), and none of it cost a cent. No parking costs, no entry costs – nothing. All completely free, except for an ice cream we bought at the Twelve Apostles.

This amazing day still didn’t end there. We came back to our camp ground which overlooks a beautiful landscape, home to a huge mob of kangaroos. As I was preparing tea two of the males had a full on boxing match. It went on for ages before one of them finally resorted to putting the boot in. He obviously won, because the fight then ended and they both went off then to lick their wounds. I’ve seen Roo fights on TV before, but never for real. It was a humourous note on which to end an amazing day.

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