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June 12, 2017

The Great Ocean Drive (Part 1)

Filed under: Family,Travel — Porcupyn @ 6:20 am

Though we did have a few sprinkles on our way on the Great Ocean Road, we were OK for the most part as the clouds disappeared within the first hour and the sun came out for the whole rest of the day. But let’s start from the beginning:

In the morning, after a quick breakfast, we decided to take a walk down to the beach. It took us a couple of missed turns and about 30 minutes to get to the beach. Though the beach was nice and the weather was not too cold, there were not too many people around (maybe because it was a weekday) at the beach. After a few minutes, we decided to head back to get ready and leave, as the views would probably be better along the road.

Beach near Torquay

Beach near Torquay

Torquay vegetation

Torquay vegetation

In about an hour, we were on our way and on the Great Ocean Road. Immediately, we were struck by the similarity between this road and the Pacific Coast Highway in California. Not only the road, but the ocean was similar. I wondered if Pacific was really a misnomer for the ocean, based on the size of waves it generated on the shoreline.

On the B100 (aka Great Ocean Road), finally!

On the B100 (aka Great Ocean Road), finally!

Our first stop was Bells Beach, which is apparently very famous for its surfers, which we were unaware of. However, once we got there, we saw a few people running up to the surf in their black gear, undeterred by the cloudy skies which – at that moment – were drizzling just a bit. As we stood by the beachside though, the sun came out and we even caught a rainbow.

At Bells Beach

At Bells Beach

At Bells Beach

At Bells Beach

A rainbow - at Bells Beach

A rainbow – at Bells Beach

I had brought the Lonely Planet Guide to Australia with me, which informed me that we would be able to sight a few kangaroos at a local golf course. As local animal sightings were a key attraction of Australia for us, we took a slight detour to the golf course and came upon a few of the marsupials having fun.

Kangaroo at a golf course (hat tip: Lonely Planet Guide)

Kangaroo at a golf course (hat tip: Lonely Planet Guide)

Another of the beautiful beaches

Another of the beautiful beaches

While the land varied between cliffs and beaches, the relentless waves on the Ocean were constant

While the land varied between cliffs and beaches, the relentless waves on the Ocean were constant

Our next halt was at Aireys inlet where we got photos of the lighthouse and took advantage of the restrooms.

Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet

Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet

Area map

Area map

GOR Touring Map

GOR Touring Map

Big Hill on the map

Big Hill on the map

I'm assuming this is the Big Hill

I’m assuming this is the Big Hill

Every few kilometres, we stopped by the roadside to admire the natural beauty of the area. The cliffs provided a good contrast to the beach and the waves.

More waves

More waves

A gentle reminder, in case you'd forgotten!

A gentle reminder, in case you’d forgotten!

More wave action

More wave action

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