- Counting down the days
- Packing up
- J18.1 Perth to Esperance
- J18.2 Esperance to Cocklebiddy
- J18.3 Cocklebiddy to Ceduna
- J18.4 Ceduna to Port Augusta
- J18.5 Port Augusta to Mount Gambier
- J18.6 Mount Gambier to Melbourne
- J18.7-16 Melbourne
- J18.17-18 Melbourne to Devonport
- J18.19 Devonport to Launceston
- J18.20 Ben Lomond & the Bay of Fires
- J18.21-22 Alum Cliffs, Cradle Mountain & Swansea
- J18.23-24 Douglas Apsley NP, Bicheno, Elephant Pass & Freycinet NP
- J18.25 Wineglass Bay & Hobart
- J18.26 Mt Wellington, Richmond & Carlton
- J18.27-29 MONA, Lake St Clair, Ferry, Yarra Valley & Victorian Alps
- J18.30 Falls Creek, Fainter Falls & Omeo.
- J18.31 The Grampians
- J18.32 Adelaide to Ceduna
- J18.33 Ceduna to Balladonia
- J18.34 Balladonia to Hopetoun
- J18.35 Hopetoun, Fitzgerald River NP & Perth
- J18: Post PolArt Depression Highlight Reel
What an action packed day!
Today was always going to be a mission, compounded by another time zone and a naughty GPS navigator.
Thanks to the old GPS, I was taken from Mt Gambier through the plantations to a bunch of back roads taking me through Victorian farmland which was pretty, but a detour that I didn’t expect to be making. Once I finally cottoned on that I should be closer to the coast than I am, “duh” I switched to the Google Maps app to locate my whereabouts. Heading south and towards a lunch stop in Warrnambool, it was time to hit the B100 and Great Ocean Road, ticking off an essential bucket-list item.
As it was around 3pm, I realised I was pressed for time so my main agenda was to explore the highlights that weren’t included along a bus tour I did along this great route 7 years ago to this day.
Starting with The Grotto Lookout, then the Arch, passing London Bridge and the famous Twelve Apostles which are both a worthy visit, then onto Gable’s Lookout which takes some careful navigation up a rough, twisty & narrow uphill gravel track (suitable for 2WD vehicles with caution, watch out for cattle) then a short 200m walk to the lookout. Breathtaking and refreshing views of the coastal cliffs and very relaxing!
Next stop was Gibson Steps, followed by Castle Cove and with the sunset fast approaching and no reception at this point, the next brief stop for fuel and a desperately needed Magnum Classic (!) in Apollo Bay, it was straight through Angelsea and onto the M1 to the centre of Melbourne where I finally caught up with the parents to enjoy – albeit late – a traditional Polish Christmas dinner 🙂
Great Ocean Road is widely regarded as one of the most scenic and exhilarating drives in Australia and that it is indeed. While speed limits vary, as does the condition of the road, it’s important to exercise extreme caution along the whole route due to wildlife, stock crossings, tourists stopping randomly and of course the tight bends and close cliff-edges. That being said, those with their head screwed on will also find a spirited cruise along this route thrilling and very satisfying!
Seasons’ Greetings for a safe & joyful Christmas Day and festive weekend 🙂Journey 18 ● PolArt 2015, Journeys
- apollo bay
- great ocean road
- Mount Gambier
- south australia