West to East on the Great Ocean Road travel blog

At the the terminus

View from the terminus

The Conductress enjoys the front seat.

Waiting at the Depot.

Koala up a tree

Petrified Forest...

So it would appear that there are plenty of Koalas in Portland, one was spotted walking across the road in front of the tram stop and then today the gripman dropped the cable near Fawthrop Lagoon and there were 3 in the trees there, might be the time for them to have a bit of nookie because they normally don’t wander around on the ground. I can understand why they were asleep too it was another hot day but clouding over now in readiness to rain when we are packing up.

We caught the 10:28 tram this morning up to the lookout then back “downtown”. Stopped at the depot but they don’t have any horses to pull the cars out of the depot, must do it by hand. Bought some great boiled lollies then back on the tram up the hill along the cliff top back to our van. Quite a nice way to while away a morning, and the breeze on the front seats was quite pleasant…

Had a bit of a rest and then went to the Macs Hotel for a $10 lunch. We chose the flathead and it was quite nice.

After lunch I drove out along the road where the van park we stayed at before is and noticed the coast must be under threat from the sea as there’s a rock wall all along to prevent erosion.

Then with only the prospect of another tram ride we drove out to Cape Bridgewater with the intention of going to see the seals but it was a tad to hot for the 10km round walk so we just satisfied ourselves with the petrified forest which is not actually petrified trees but Limestone deposition tubes. The area is called the petrified forest from an early theory that advancing sand engulfed an ancient forest of coastal trees that once covered the sea cliff, petrifying them for all time.

Actually the formation is a collection of hollow tubes of limestone called "solution pipes", eroded by millions of years of rainfall. The process starts when water gathers in a shallow pan of sand and seeps downwards dissolving the limestone. The mineral-saturated water then cements the sand, forming hard, trunk-shaped pipes. Most pipes around Cape Bridgewater are one to three metres high, although some are as high as 20 metres but most have been smashed by vandals. Yet more proof that our climate has been changing for an incalculable length of time.

On to Port Campbell tomorrow but we have been told to fuel up in Warrnambool as everything on the GOR is expensive…

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