Cherie & Paul's New Zealand/Australia 2014 Adventure travel blog

Split Point Light house on Urqhart Bluff

Eastview Beach where St. Bernadette's College students were getting surfing lessons.

Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2014


Yellow crested cockatoo

a "Groyne"

Paradise by the sea


Apollo Bay

Teddy's Lookout

This road was definitely curvy! Paul loved it!

getting beer for the evening

Lunch at Mounts Bay

Gibson steps were carved along this bluff so we could walk down...

At the bottom of the Gibson Steps.


The Apostles

You made sure you stayed on the paths!


The Apostles from the top of the cliff



Loch Ard Gorge

London Bridge

some of the Apostles

The waves were just crashing in!

People still went over the fence area!

The Great Ocean Road was carved out along the rugged rocky coastline from 1918 to 1932. It was hand built by some 3,000 returned First World War soldiers and sailors in honor of their fallen comrades. It is the world's biggest war memorial symbolizing the sacrifices made by so many during the war. The rugged ocean view was breath taking. You could feel the power of the ocean as the waves crashed into the coastline. The road wound up, down and around the steep cliffs. We travelled from Torquay along the Surf Coast east of  Cape Otway, then inland through the rain forested Otway region emerging on the wild Shipwreck Coast stopping at Warrnambool. This town was a major trading port in the late 1800's and  is home to many shipwrecks: 14 of the 80 known wrecks are at the bottom of Lady Bay here. All along this winding coastal road there would be a magnificent view around the bend. You really need to spend more than one day like we did if you want to see all the views and points of interest. Paul loved the driving since it was challenging but it was also exhausting! We saw at times animal crossing signs for koalas, platypuses and kangaroos. We ended our drive at Warrnambool. We were exhausted! The town has a monument that was erected in 1904 in recognition of the first white woman to buried here. Also, the bay that this town sits on, Lady Bay, has 14 ship wrecks.

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