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Jan 12, 2015 - Great Ocean Road – Port Campbell, Victoria

The Great Ocean Road officially runs for about 243 kilometers (151 miles) between Allansford on the west and Torquay on the east along Australia’s south coast. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world’s longest war memorial. The highway runs along very close to the top of tall limestone cliffs that are under constant attack by waves, wind, and rain. The soft limestone is eroded into many irregular bays and inlets often leaving small islands, sea stacks, and...

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2014-Australia

Aug 17, 2012 - Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is amazing. It’s hard to imagine it was hand built by returned World War 1 soldiers in honour of their fallen comrades. The road, which is the world’s biggest war memorial, was started in 1918 and completed and officially opened in 1932. We drove through misty rain most of the way but it always seemed to clear when we stopped to take photos at lookouts. You park on the right hand side at the 12 Apostles and walk through a tunnel under the road to the coastline.

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Jun 30, 2012 - The Great Ocean Rd

Spent last night at Apollo Bay and what a beautiful place. Up at 7.00 am this morning and off to the 12 Apostles. The weather hasn't changed, 7 degrees at 7.00am and raining and still 7.00 degrees at 11.00am and still raining. Breakfast at Lavers Hill, bacon and eggs for the boys, toasted ham and cheese for the girls. Michele was dying to leave the best part of her on the hill and walked 400m to the toilet in the rain, only to discover the toilets were in the next room 3m away. Lots of laughs and still cold. Arrive at the 12 Apostles around...

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May 25, 2012 - Port Campbell

Today was both the worst and best day of our lives. The worst day of our lives. Because of the wind and cold!!! The best day of our lives. Because we saw the Great Southern Ocean in all its fury pounding in along the coast as we made our way along the great ocean road as far as Port Campbell. We were lucky, in as much, that Mebourne were getting a months worth of rain in 24 hours and it didn't get down to us. So no rain today, just that bloody cold wind straight off the ocean. Started the day at the Flagstaff Hill Village and Maritime...

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Nov 15, 2011 - Great Ocean (optional) Road

My photo uploading skills suck, so don't expect much in that department until I can get to a proper computer. Today was a lot of driving, backseat and otherwise, along with picture-taking. Admittedly, a lot of it was along the waterfront, then somehow we got transported to Vermont or Maine where the ocean was nowhere to be found and there were lots of hills and sheep and cows. Erskine Falls was delightfully tropical, but still left me wondering what happened to the ocean we were supposed to be driving along. Trying to stop at all the...

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Sep 30, 2011 - Aus - Day 149 - Great Ocean Road

Today, even though the rain has not yet let up, we've begun driving down the Great Ocean Road. On the way, we stopped in at Cheese World to taste some delicious cheeses and visited a small museum containing old cheese producing equipment along with many other vintage items. We stopped in at all the major viewpoints along the way, including the Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs, The Grotto, London Bridge, The Arch, Loch and Gorge, and The Twelve Apostles. All of these viewpoints offer amazing views of coastal rock formations created by...

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Feb 8, 2009 - Port Campbell/Great Ocean Road

Die Great Ocean Road war wirklich beeindruckend. Ich dachte mir zuerst, wird schon so eine Touri Attraktion sein. Aber was ich dann dort zu sehen bekomme habe hat sich wirklich gelohnt! Mit einer der schoensten Flecken in Australien. Wer sich auch auf denn Weg hier her machen will: Don't miss it!

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Anja goes Down Under

Mar 6, 2008 - Happy Birthday Jonjo

Well it's Jonjo's birthday and joy oh joy we had to get up at 6. Today we start our tour of the Great Ocean Road!! The great thing is on our tour are four people from our last tour so as soon as we got on the bus we knew people. Our guide was called Ali and she brought a friend of hers on tour with her, she was pretty lively but not as much as our previous guide. It was a fair bit of driving to get out of the city and we didn't really see anything till after lunch when we stopped at Mackenzie Falls. We walked down to the bottom of the...

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Jan 18, 2008 - Great Ocean Road

We left Melbourne with Brain and Felicity on Friday morning and heading down to the Great Ocean Road. After a brtief lunch and poke around in Torquay and Bells Beach we went on to Lorne where Brian and Felicity were staying while we stole their car for a ride down the road. For the rest of Friday I was getting used to driving on the left and looking at the great views at the same time. We took a very nice walk through a Rain Forest and then went on to Port Campbell for the night. The bad weather has been following us around and Saturday was...

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Oct 2, 2007 - Great Ocean Road!

This past weekend Oliver, Dorrit and I rented a car and drove the Great Ocean Road. We left early Saturday morning and took the scenic route down the Mornington penninsula to Sorrento where we caught a ferry to Queescliffe. From there we joined the great ocean road at Torquay, which is a pretty famous surf beach/surf town. It is the home of many of the big surf companies like Rip Curl and they have a whole mall there dedicated to surf stuff which is pretty cool. Bells Beach nearby holds many big international surf competitions and from what...

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Oct 2, 2007 - The Great Ocean Road

Somehow I ended up going to Melbourne instead of up the middle, I was with fellow traveller and Brit Dean. Whilst in Melbourne we were going to get a campervan and head up the great ocean road, campervan's on the cheap are hard to find and luckily as we stood searching the millions of adverts in the hostels an Irish guy asked us if we were looking to buy a car, well no not really but when he said it was $400 (about 160pounds!!) we asked if it had wheels and an engine! And it did so we went for a test drive, and shortly after handed over...

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The Great Escape

Dec 4, 2005 - Loch Ard Gorge and Princetown

At Loch Ard Gorge we heard the story of two Irish immigrants and how they were ship wrecked here but managed to survive. Our guide tried to use a role play to explain the story but the wind was blowing the sand onto our legs so hard we could hardly listen!! After the role play we went to see the Razor Back and Gibsons Steps. We dropped our bags off at our hostel in Princetown (a huge population of 20 in this town!) and then had chicken schnitzel for tea again which was disgusting! After tea we went down to see the sunset over the twelve...

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