Hello from Warrnambool!

Sorry ’bout the no-show on the photos guys. Don’t know WHAT is going on with this upload. I’m trying AGAIN…

The past few days have been spent driving the Great Ocean Road. Wow. Amazing!! Unfortunately, we drove a lot of it in very RAINY weather! Grant celebrated his 40th birthday on the 24th in Lorne and driving to Apollo Bay…in miserable, wet weather! We did manage to find a nice place to eat dinner, so the day wasn’t a total loss. Of course, it was also the day that we discovered the leaky windows in the campervan…..

Lorne was nice – we spent a couple of nights in a fantastic caravan park just outside town in a National Park:

http://www.cumberlandriver.com.au/

The scenery was amazing and we did a couple of short hikes to see local waterfalls and such. We spent an afternoon walking round the town where Jessica discovered a trampoline park. Good fun!

From there it was on to Apollo Bay where we only spent one night due to the rain, and lack of dry activities to do around town. Grant’s b-day dinner was the highlight of our stay there! Then on to Port Campbell – stopping off to see the 12 Apostles first, of course. WOW again. We went back out there to watch the sun set – which was truly magical.

We haven’t done much over the past few days but gawk at the scenery. It is a truly amazing drive – with or without rain. Yesterday, we drove the shipwreck coast and has a lovely clear day to do it. So we spent the day stopping at every viewpoint and just watching the ocean.  We also saw some whales in the whale nursery just outside Warrnambool. There were several moms and babies near enough to shore to be seen from the viewing platform.

We’ll spend a few more days here and then on towards Adelaide. I’m off to see about those photos now….

 

 

 

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  1. beansmom says:

    mike says:
    October 3, 2006 at 9:01 am (Edit)

    Thanks for the photos.

    they make me a little home sick.

    The Melbourne sky line has changed already in the 18 months I’ve been in Calgary. The Brighton beach huts and interesting comments about Williamstown bring back similar memories and experiences in strange restraunts in Williamstown.

    I remember with many find memories driving the Great Ocean Road and stopping regularly to enjoy the views.

    Next is entering the province/State of South Australia and some of the best red wine country in the world. Unfortunatly its not a secret and thus the wines are not cheap. But I’m sure Grant will enjoy them all the same.

    I hope you got to watch the Aussie Rules Grand Final last Sat. West Coast Eagles beat the Sydney Swans 85 v 84. It was a great game and I lost my voice screeming at the TV screen at the Unicorn pub in Calgary. But we won so all is excellent.

    Vianne and I are looking forward to enjoying Thanksgiving this weekend. And Halloween is a month away. Neither of which you’ll celebrate in Aust.

    I’m sure the weather is going to start to warm up for you as you start to head North and summer starts to roll in, your the furtherest South you can be in main land Aust and its a little notorious for being windy down on that coast.

    Safe travels all.

    Mike

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