We woke up in Princetown to a glorious morning and the weather persisted all day as we drove along the Great Ocean Road towards Torquay. We didn't realise that many Melbournites take the Monday before Cup Day as a leave day to give themselves a four day weekend, but when we found out it certainly made more sense of all the traffic on the road. Half of Melbourne seemed to be out there enjoying the weather.
Having never driven the road before, I found it really spectacular. At many points the road seems to be carved into the side of what is almost a cliff; below you it sometimes plunges 30 or 40 meters into the ocean. It must have been quite something to build, and apparently took about thirteen years to do so. It was nice to be on the opposite side of the road from all the traffic coming out of Melbourne but unfortunately it was the wrong side to be on for taking photos...
Stopping at Lorne for lunch we popped into the tourist info centre and discovered that about half an hour further down the road at Airey's Inlet is the Split Point lighthouse where the external scenes were filmed for ABC TVs Round the Twist series. Being a favourite series of the kids, they were pretty excited about visiting, and we managed to get on the last tour of the day by ourselves with a really fun and engaging guide.
With plenty of daylight left we completed the ocean road (stopping at Bells Beach for a photo) and then drove north to reach Ballarat by night.