Tuesday, April 15, 2014

an adventure Down Under.

Monday we’d booked a tour of the Great Ocean Road. The road was built just after World War I by returning soldiers in an effort to provide jobs and stimulate the economy (similar to the US programs of the Civilian Conservation Corps and such.)  It's also dedicated to those soldiers who didn't return home from the war, making it the world's largest war memorial.

Our weather was a little sketchy and we hoped it would hold to give us a brilliant sunset but we got drizzled on most of the day. Our tour guide stopped for a tea break along a river (I could really get used to the British way of life, tea and biscuits –aka cookies-- are used to solve most of the world’s problems!), chased through the underbrush to bring us back an echidna, showed us how to feed some of the wild birds and pointed out koalas in the trees along the road. We had a perfect spot of sunshine when we toured the Otway Lighthouse. Our afternoon drive took us along the coast, through farmland and rain forest and finally to our dinner stop (the best fish and chips EVER, bought in a tiny hole in the wall next to a gas station, never underestimate!) Loch Ard Gorge was a beautiful little cove reminiscent of the beaches in Thailand. And then we drove on to the viewpoint for the 12 Apostles, large limestone and sandstone rock formations that stand like sentinels along the coastline. We had a lot of cloud cover that marred our sunset and made some of the rocks in the distance hard to distinguish but it was still an amazingly beautiful sight.

We spent Tuesday wandering around the city of Melbourne enjoying the warmth of the sun as we explored Federation Square, the library and the waterfront. It was such a lovely little city, a great mix of Victorian and modern architecture, vibrant but comfortable. It was easily walkable but we also took advantage of the trolleys and train system. I wished we had more time to spend there but we had a flight to catch. We were off to Sydney!

a cute and cuddly echidna

Cape Otway
Otway Lighthouse
Loch Ard Gorge
a few of the 12 Apostles
more of the Apostles

1 comment:

  1. Is that bird on your hand? Wow! Those cliffs remind me of Ireland. How incredible.