|The Great Ocean Road is spectacular. We set off early this morning and actually drove much of the road in one day. We knew if would be a good day because after having driven for a few minutes on the Ocean Road we saw the most amazing rainbow that went right across the sky – a perfect arc that displayed all of the colours clearly. We stopped to look at it and then discovered a second fainter arc above the first one. What a great start to the day. The first section (from Adelaide end) consists of coastline with enormous rock formations such as the impressive Twelve Apostles – there are several more sites equally if not more impressive than this.
The second section involves driving through forest areas and national parks which have the biggest and most beautiful trees. We stopped off at Otway and visited the lighthouse to get close up views across the ocean. It was the first time we have been to the top of a lighthouse and were awestruck by how “out at sea” it feels to be up there. The lighthouse closed in 1994 and the former coast guard (who looked remarkably like Captain Birdseye) is now the lighthouse tour guide.
The latter section of the road consists of miles and miles of winding roads – the rock cliff was on our left and the ocean on our right. - this is the picture postcard image that one sees of the Ocean Road – we had to pinch ourselves to remind ourselves that we were actually here. We stopped off in various towns’ en routes such as Princetown, Port Campbell, Apollo Bay, Lorne and Anglesea. Given that we are off peak, all were quiet to say the least. The weather was cool and rainy today which was not great in terms of our comfort but it did mean that the ocean looked powerful with the waves crashing against the rocks.
We finally turned in for the night at a hostel en route and discovered that we were the only people in the whole hostel. A little strange as we were hoping to swap tales with fellow travellers but equally nice to be able to relax in the large comfortable lounge diner that we had to ourselves. What a day.