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Jan 19, 2006 - Portland, Australia

We started the Great Ocean Road at Torquay where it officially starts in the state of Victoria. The drive is a costal road as it sounds, and is cliamed to be one of the most scenic and beautiful ocean drives in the world. The drive in many ways reminded me of the road running the California coast except that the water was a turquoise blue unlike the darker deep blue of the California coast. The sun is also another noticable difference as it is hot like no other sun I have stood under. Australians have a horrible time with sun causing...

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Dec 17, 2005 - Great Ocean Road

Didn't want to open our eyes the next morning but we'd booked a hire car so that we could drive along The Great Ocean Road along the southern coast of Victoria for 3 days. Starting just past Geelong, west of Melbourne at Torquay and stretching to Warrnambool. As the driver (Paul, he was the one over 25) concentrated on manoeuvring through the coastal path of The Great Ocean Road as it winds around cliff tops the passenger (Helen) can enjoy watching the surf crashing onto the beaches and rocks below. Our first stop was the town of Lorne...

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Nov 28, 2005 - Great Ocean Road road trip

We headed out from Melbourne to the start of the great ocean road, which is in total around 280km (180ish miles). This is a 'must do' drive for anyone coming to Asutralia-a long and windy coast road with spectacular views of the sea-it is difficult to force yourself to keep an eye on the road! There are many things to stop off and look at on the way, including lighthouses and of course the famous '12 Apostles'. These are around a dozen stacks which are just off the shore and some are amazing when you wonder why they haven't toppled over! In...

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Nov 12, 2005 - Portland

We had not planned an early start, since the distance was not so great. On coming down to fetch the car out of the car park Charles said that he though we had a puncture. Yesterday we had driven over some shiny objects on the road. I pumped the tyre up and it held long enough for us to get to a tyre repair shop. Sure enough we had a nail in the tyre. Soon fixed and we were on the way. We drove out along the Princes Highway following the coast, via a Pelican viewing point and then cutting across inland and heading south. We crossed the...

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Mar 8, 2005 - The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road requires a commitment to the car, but the drive is well worth it. The views are spectacular, plus standing on the beach with the great cliffs towering overhead and stretching in both directions as far as one can see...well, it isn't called the GREAT Ocean Road for nothing. But I'm skipping ahead. We started out with a stop at Bell's Beach an hour or so outside Melbourne. About a hundred surfers were taking on the waves while a small crowd of spectators (most from tour busses) watched. It was hard to tell which was the...

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Dec 4, 2004 - Apollo Bay and Great Ocean Drive

Hey all, Well things are still kinda going wrong all around me but atleast I made it on to this tour even though they doubled the price I was quoted on the phone!! AHHHH. Anyway today I drove a long Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay. It is pretty but the best should be tomorrow when we spend the day at the 12 Apostles (sp). Thought today I did see some wild koalas and grey kangaroos. Anyway the cell phone is offical busted... and I have to wait till Melbourne to exchange it so I will give you all the new number then. Sorry (trust me it is...

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Oct 19, 2004 - Port Fairy -- the miracle of the Shearwater

Port Fairy -- On the Southern Coast of Australia, midway between Melbourne and Adelaide, named after a boat. We found a Canadian who managed a well run high speed internet store -- Electric Dreams at 47 Sackville Street. Rarely can I have what I want. At this place, as with many others, we saw many beautiful and empty houses along the beach. Their owners were working to pay for them. So many places where we have gone, we see beautiful houses, lovely land, and good people. We want to own part of it, yet when we buy it, we become slaves to...

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Feb 29, 2004 - Melbourne/Great Ocean Road

Larysa and I met at the car rental place at 8:00 this morning. I don't have my license with me but she was able to rent a car for the day so we could do the Great Ocean Road. This is a road along the Southern coast of Australia that goes from Melbourne probably 200-250 miles West. Renting the car turned out to be a really great idea since both of us were pretty tired of the bus, we were able to stop when we wanted, and the cost when compared to the chartered bus trips, with gas, turned out to be about half. The scenery was pretty great and...

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