Back to The Great Ocean Road

Sorry for taking so long to post about my last 2 days in Australia. I got home and had to get right back to reality (I know super lame.)

(8/5/14)

We started the day by walking out to the Chataqua look out which was right by our hostel. The first stop on the hike up was a beautiful waterfall.

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We kept climbing up to the point where it was no longer a dirt path but actual rocks we were climbing up and over. There was no railing or anything and we were very high up so we had to go a little slow ip the rocks. But it was worth the climb because the view was incredible! We could see our hostel down below and it was crazy walking close to the edge (very carefully of course) and seeing the drop down.

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Once everyone made their way down we loaded up the bus and drove down the longest memorial highway to get to lunch. It was made for soldiers who fought in WWI by the survivors who returned home.

Where we had lunch was in a park where there were a ton of emus and koalas hanging around. It was pretty bizarre sitting at a table eating lunch and conversing like normal while an emu was standing over your shoulder.

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We then headed down the Great Ocean Drive to see all the various rock formations. Our first stop was the Bay of Islands. I didn’t get to see this one when I came with my mom and the Kalils so I was pretty excited. It was pretty similar to the 12 Apostles but there was more of them.

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We then saw the London Bridge again as well as The Arch. Even though I had already seen them it was nice to bisit them without the rain. I was also standing next to this older gentleman at the London Bridge who said he witnessed when the rock bridge connecting the land to the rock formation collapsed years ago.

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The last stop for the Grrat Ocean Road was the Lock and Gorge. This was hands down my favorite. It was so huge and there were multiple look out spots that were all so different. We started by all walking down to the shore. There was a small opening between the cliffs where the waves came squeezing through. Every once in a while there would be a huge one and one time I didn’t run fast enough and got my feet soaked.

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After walking around at the bottom for a while a checking everything out we went up to see the look outs above. The first one looked over the shore that we were standing at before. I definitely stood there for at least 30 minutes watching the waves thrash into the 2 cliffs and then squeeze through the openening between them. It was awesome how tall the spray of the waves was against the rock wall.

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We had to be on thw bus at 5 and it was 4:45 so Xavier and I made the rash decision that we had plenty of time to see the other look out. We sped walked over and realized it was a much longer path than we thought but we were committed and wanted to see what view everyone else missed. The rock formations below were at the beginning of the path and not anything super unusual from what we had seen before.

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At the end of the path was a rock formation called the Razorback. This was worth the rush and making the walk of shame to the bus while everyone was on it waiting for us. It was a super long, tall, and extremely narrow rock that was standing all on it’s own. It had such an impressive yet eerie vibe to it.

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Tonight was our last night all together on the tour so we had our Australia themed party. Everyone decked themselves out with Australian flags. We had a home cooked dinner at the hostel, tossed the rugby ball around, and then hit up the local pub. It was such a great night and so sad to think it was our last together as a whole group. In the end everyone opened up and we all got along so well. I really loved doing a tour like this and getting the chance to meet such amazing and diverse people.

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4 responses to “Back to The Great Ocean Road

  1. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the trip with us back in the USA. I still want a private showing of all your pictures. Sorry that didn’t work out during the day trip to Ft. Lauderdale.

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