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Down UnderGreat Ocean Road

On 20 January 2004 from Halls Gap, VIC , trackback

Early Monday morning I got picked up by Dave for a tour of the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians. I wanted to do a 3-day tour but that one was either booked full or cancelled. He still wanted me to go on his tour though and even offered I could do the tour I wanted for free if I did not like this one. I agreed with that, since the weather forecast was really great and I wanted to get out of Melbourne. After switching bus drivers in Melbourne we headed off to the Great Ocean Road. It is really just a long coastal road with lots of beaches along the way, some viewpoints and some spectacular rock formations at the end. Because so many people rave about it and it is considered one of Australia’s must-have-done’s, my expectations were quite high. It did not manage to live up to those expectations. It is a really nice coastal road, no doubt about that, and the rock formations like the Twelve Apostles, The Arch and London Bridge are quite spectacular. But it really missed the dramatic cliffs, secluded beaches and hairpin bends I had expected. Basically it paled in comparison to some of the coastal roads I have taken in South-West Turkey, in between Olympos and Fethiye.

Almost at the end of the Great Ocean Road we switched tour groups, because the first bus was getting back to Melbourne and Theresa (a German girl) and I were going on to the Grampians. We stayed the night at a small hostel, where the owner had made a nice BBQ dinner and taught us how to play the didgeridoo (I have no natural talent for that, as expected). Except for the mozzies (mosquitos) it was a lot of fun.

This morning we visited some sights in the Grampians, making lots of photos with people (me as well of course) standing on the ledge of a cliff. The weather was great (sunny, 30 degrees), and the photos are really cool. We had lunch at McKenzies falls, and afterwards the rest of the tour group switched busses to go to Adelaide. Theresa and I got brought back to Halls Gap in the middle of the Grampians, where I am planning to do some hiking, biking, laundry and eating lots of ice-cream, since there is a freezer here (most hostels do not have one), so I bought a nice 1,2 litre package, which should be enough for 2 days ;-).



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