Day 4 (6/30/14)
This morning we woke up at 7 AM before the sun came up at to drive down the Great Ocean Road to see the 12 Apostles. It was a 2 hour drive because we drove through Turton’s Track which was a super winding road that was only a lane and a half wide with a steep drop off on the side. It was a gorgeous drive filled with mist through the trees.
When we made it to the 12 Apostles it was raining and pretty windy which just made the rocks look even more majestic. We had to hurry because it started to pour after a couple minutes of us taking pictures.
We kept driving past Port Cambel to see The Arch rock formation as well as the London Bridge. At both stops there would be heavy rain and then the sun would come out with a huge rainbow. All the rainbows we have seen so far are so close and you can clearly see all the colors and the end of each one. The juxtaposition of the blue skies with the bold rainbow next to the thrashing waves on the rocks is incredible. My favorite is how the waves weaved through The London Bridge. They would slam against the rock and then with each other over and over and each encounter was a different sight to be seen.
By 11:30 we headed back to the forrest to get lunch and then go out on a lake to see Platypuses. We hiked through a forrest area until we got to Elizabeth Lake where there were two canoes tied together. My mom and the guide we in the back paddling and the rest of us were scattered in the canoe. We had to be very quiet and they would paddle for a bit and then we would just wade in the lake until we saw a platypus swim by. They are much smaller than I thought and were the size of a shampoo bottle. From a distant their coat looked very silver in color because of the oils to keep them waterproof but when they get close it was a regular brown color. The dominant male even came up next to our canoe and would pop up on one side and then when we’d all look over he’d go to the other side. They are such a unique animal and it was an amazing experience to see them swimming around in their natural habitat.