Chasing the elusive (for us) image of the Twelve Apostles at sunset we planned another Great Ocean Road trip… this would be my second trip down there, the first was a complete washout, (literally, as it had rained all weekend – see Wye River post).
For this trip we booked three nights in Apollo Bay and one at Warnambool and set off with our first stop at Teddy’s Lookout in Lorne.
The view from the lookout was great but required a walk to the lower lookout as some idiot had burnt the top lookout almost to the ground and it was roped off. From Lorne we drove to Apollo Bay and collected our keys.. we had a very nice house right on the Great Ocean Road with a great view and easy access to the beach across the road…
We had planned to walk to Lower Kalimna Falls but the troops mutinied partway into the walk and we turned back about 800 metres into the walk…I was rewarded with an accommodating Kookaburra though..
Next day was a walk around Maits Rest………….Maits Rest is an 800m metre walk through the cool temperate rainforest of tree fern gullies and towering 300 year old trees. A wooden boardwalk has been built over most of the walk to protect the eco-system.
After Maits Rest we drove to the Cape Otway Lightstation….
The Cape Otway Lightstation is the oldest surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia. Its been casting is light out to sea since 1848 over the towering sea cliffs where the Southern Ocean and Bass straight intersect.
On the third day, the good weather gods had deserted us as we set off early heading down to Gibsons Steps – 84 steps along the cliff face allowing access to the beach… the limestone stacks are amazing up close….
we followed this by a stop at The Twelve Apostles, The Arch and the Loch Arch Gorge. Weather wasnt as nice as the day before, overcast and windy but not cold… the wind coming off the waves was kicking up massive spray along the coast
The Loch Ard Gorge is named after a ship that foundered there in 1878. Bound for Melbourne it hit reefs and only two of the 54 on board survived. The wreck of the Loch Ard still lies at the base of Mutton Bird Island
After numerous stops the troops rebelled again and stayed in the car and played on their ipads and iphones while we continued taking photos. Last stop that night was Warnambool Motel (very comfy highly recommend) and a very yummy dinner at ‘Images’
Next morning the sun was shining again and we headed out to Hopkins Falls before starting the drive home… stopped briefly at Inverleigh for lunch.. great little bluestone pub with super yummy food, we enjoyed a lovely meal in the beer garden (shhh dont tell them we used the table number as a very effective swatter on the wasps hanging around) before heading back to melbourne.
Did we get the shot of the apostles we were after? no, not with that weather, as luck would have it was beautiful and sunny either side of the day we went.. and a whiteout on the day we were there… but we are planning another trip down, just an overnighter, when we know the weather will be good for two days… cant cross them off the bucket list yet…