Monday, November 9, 2015

Great Ocean Road: Signs

9 November 2015
Kristen says...

"Signs, signs, everywhere the signs..."

I have to say, one of the big trends I noticed as we traveled the Great Ocean Road was all the signs, They were everywhere! And not the type we are used to in the States (no billboards here, thank you very much!!) but small, unobtrusive yet sometimes unintentionally hilarious signs.

Here are a sampling of some of my favorites:
Don't blink or you'll miss it...this is as commercial as the Great Ocean Road got in self promotion. Lovely!
We searched and searched, but never did see a whale...we were just a little too late in the season. Sniff.
We had to pull over for this one--our dog's (nick)name with my birthday?! Awesome.
FYI. Also, thanks for the image.
We actually saw this one a bunch of times along the road. Apparently this is an issue, but this was also a bit confusing, as there were other signs all along the road uring sleepy motorists to "Powernap Now" -- seriously. Google it if you don't believe me! :) 
For all the tourists (and there are many) a helpful reminder. :)
This sign isn't terribly remarkable, but the gelato was--especially the light colored of the two, which was VEGEMITE flavored! They also had black licorice flavored gelato. Both were good, but I'm not 100% sure I'd order either again.
This was a little alarming until we realized the sign was months out of date. Still, thanks for the warning...and sorry poor little poisoned rabbits!
This was a popular sign all along the trail, but this one was a little...different... :) Bwahahahaha!
ALSO: A sign with both koalas and cows (when not disguised as dinosaurs?) Awesome!
Fun Fact: There are lots and lots of cows to be seen along (and on) the Great Ocean Road!
I'm still unsure as to why (Warrnambool) is in (parentheses)
They don't pull too many punches in Australia. You might DIE, so stay on the path!
Aww, sad. The waves were crazy-high when we visited the 12 Apostles.
Do you get it? Do you get it? Also check out the name of the restuarant in the background. Bwahahaha!
Some more information about London Bridge, should you care to read about it.
Why yes, we did drive 4 km out of our way to see the Boggy Creek Pub. It was pretty great (?)
More information on whales. Le sigh. I guess we'll have to go back to try to see them again!
CHEESE WORLD!?!?!?! WHOO HOO! (This was at the end of the trip and I was, I admit, a bit punchy) :)
So there you go, some of the finest signs the Great Ocean Road had to offer, and a bit more of the flavor (flavour) of what we're experiencing Down Under. :)

KF

Saturday, November 7, 2015

A Trip on the Great Ocean Road


7 November 2015
Kristen says...

Hooray for long vacations!! :)

Since I had two weeks off of school in early October, Chris decided he could take a few days off and we would go drive the Great Ocean Road!
Great Ocean Road Victoria. Australia
Image from: http://www.atn.com.au/topdestinations/victoria/great-ocean-road.html
 The Great Ocean Road is loacated in the state of Victoria, in southern Australia. The start of the road is just about a 9 hour drive from Canberra.

Even better, Pip got to come along for the trip!!

We spent our first night and joined the road in the city of Torquay, a beautiful place to start from and very indicative of things to come!
Early morning beach in Torquay
The beach and sky in Torquay
Pip remembering Honduras on the beach (although this one was MUCH colder!)
Surfers in full wet suits--remember the water down south comes straight up from Antarctica!
The purpose of the trip was to drive the road, rather than visit the cities along it, so we very quickly left Torquay and headed on down the road.

And then very quickly stopped to take in the view. The drive is, for the most part, really not commercialized, but does provide many opportunities to pull off to the side of the road and see the view from your car, or walk a bit and see a little more.
Chris walking for the view
He found it!
Family picture!
Chris and another beautiful view
Flies! The flies are really getting bad in Australia this time of year. Ew.
Chris is pointing to Tazmania...or New Zealand. I can't remember.
Most of the road had two types of view, sea or tree.
Trees along the Great Ocean Road
Sometimes you were high above the beautiful beaches, and sometimes you followed a path that lead directly to them.
We spent over a half hour just wandering on this beach--it was beautiful, almost deserted, and probably my favorite place of the trip.
One of many lighthouses seen along the Great Ocean Road

Another amazing beach with the Great Ocean Road beyond. You can see how close we were to the shore!
Chris, Pip and our little red clown car.
We stopped for our second night in Apollo Bay (if we had driven straight without stopping we would have arrived in less than 2 hrous) and had a nice time enjoying the rest of the day and the beautiful weather.

Pip looks thrilled, doesn't he? :)
Water Fountains are called Bubble-Ups here. Funny.
The next day we followed the Great Ocean Road north through Great Otway National Park (the tree part of the GOR), where we saw koalas! In the wild!!!



It was interesting--the closer we got back to the coast, the more scraggly the trees became.
We stopped in the tiny (seriously, like 3 buildings) town of Princetown for lunch and Pip and Chris took a bit of a nap.

Aussie mailboxes.
We stopped for two nights in Port Campell, one of the largest towns on the GOR, where we enjoyed such delicacies as cookies in a bag and coffee in a tube! Mmmm, mmm. :)

Port Campbell is the nearest town to arguably the biggest draw on the Great Ocean Road, the 12 Apostles. There are actually only 8 currently standing, but they are quite beautiful.


We visited early one (chilly) morning and again later that (even more chilly) night. If you time it right, you should be able to see some penguins coming back to roost for the night...unfortunately we saw the spectacular sunset but no penguins!

The next day we took off for our last day on the GOR, stopping to see sights like the London Bridge (it used to be connected to the larger rock but fell in a few years ago)
And took one more family picture (Chris has his driving face on)
And then we drove back to Canberra and started term 4, which is why I'm only just now getting around to blogging about this! :)

All-in-all it was a WONDERFUL trip, and I highly recommend you come to Australia to see the Great Ocean Road!

KF