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The Great Ocean Road

Back on 16th December, 2009, I decided to go on a mini-roadtrip along the Great Ocean Road, in Victoria, all on the spur of the moment. The Tuesday was spent driving all day from Sydney to Melbourne, where I spent the night at the Urban Central hostel in Southbank. I had the four bedroom dorm all to myself!

Torquay – Eastern gateway to the Great Ocean Road
Distance, in kilometres, to several towns along the Great Ocean Road
Drive on left in Australia.

On the Wednesday (the 16th), I set out fairly early. The day, unfortunately, started out as being rather cloudy and overcast, and some of the earlier photographs weren’t all that great, due to the lousy lighting. However, as the day progressed, the cloud cover began to dissipate for a while. I quickly discovered that the Great Ocean Road is the RV capital of Australia. I’ve also never seen such a concentration of RVs anywhere in the world, including the USA and Canada.

Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet, Victoria.
One of the unique homes along the Great Ocean Road.
The Great Ocean memorial arch, at Eastern View.

As this was the first time I’d driven along the Great Ocean Road, for quite some time, some changes were quite noticeable, such as the new visitor’s centre and parking lot at the Twelve Apostles (of which there are no longer 12 of them!), and the remains of London Bridge. London Bridge collapsed a number of years ago, leaving a couple of tourists trapped on the other side!

The famous Twelve Apostles.
The Island Arch.
The Loch Ard Gorge, named after a ship that was once wrecked here.
The Loch Ard Gorge, named after a ship that was once wrecked here
What’s left of the London Arch, after its collapse in 1990.

After a day’s driving, I finished up at Warrnambool (the city I lived in during my primary school years) for the night. The original plan had been to sightsee around Warrnambool, and continue on to Port Fairy, the next day. However, the weather put an end to those plans. Instead, I decided to make the gruelling 1341 km (833 mi) drive back to Sydney, through some of the most featureless landscapes I’ve ever seen – the ‘Hay Plains’.

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