The Great Ocean Road

This amazing feat of engineering was built as a tribute to the Aussies who had died in WW1, and was built largely by returning soldiers. It wends its way along the coast for 200km west of Melbourne, and throws up some natural phenomena so astonishing that photos do them scant justice. But I’m going to try anyway……


Monument depicting the heroic men who brought this project to fruition.


A visit to a colony of koalas in the wild taught us that these seemingly cuddly little bears have a serious violent side to their personalities during the mating season.


Cape Otway lighthouse gives stunning views along the coastline.


The scene of the tragic loss of a Scottish clipper along with 57 lives, but two did survive, to become legends in Australian folklore.


…but the cove made a perfect place to swim.


Then the famous Twelve Apostles


of which only seven remain


located along a coastline of pristine beaches with perfect sea conditions for world-class surfing.


…..and one for the photo album!
Phew, but stepping out of the air conditioned bus at each stop was like stepping into a furnace….it reached 38C today!
Really looking forward to the cold and snow of the UK!
See you up the road!

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Posted on March 12, 2013, in Australia: Sydney to Melbourne 1000kms and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. It’s been great to read about your journey Frank. Thanks so much for sharing and all the best on your next adventure…whatever that may be!

  2. What…you didn’t ride it!??? As you can see, there are a zillion amazing views. We stretched it out over 3 days of cycling bliss! It was awesome! Sadly, we didn’t see any koalas. What can you do! I wrote about the ride, including a breakdown of the mileage with towns that we stayed in!

  3. What a lovely way to finish off your trip. I’m sure you will take back some wonderful memories of your trip in Oz. Safe trip home.

  4. I meant to mention that there is a young adult novel called Mandragora by David McRobbie that is based on the wreck at Loch Ard Gorge.

  5. Frank, I’ve so enjoyed reading about your journey and places that I know well. And glad that you were met with such warmth and hospitality by Australians. The Great Ocean Road was indeed a terrific cycle – we rode from Warrnambool east to Melbourne, had a great time (especially up Lavers Hill with fully laden panniers) and saw koalas in trees suspended above the road! They made a ferocious racket at our camp ground (mating season) – not far from the lighthouse.
    Bet you’ll really miss the heat. 🙂
    I’ll miss your stories – write again soon!

  6. Living the journey vicariously through you. Love this!

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