$5000, smell, kangaroo
24.11.2012 - 24.11.2012 25 °C
Our next door neighbours from Geelong tell us how Australia is still incentivising people to have kids. $5000 for a first kid and $3000 for subsequent kids. There is a fortune to be had here, surely? Dottie enjoys time with the four lovely girls. She is missing interaction with kids her own age and Nat and I are both looking forward to being able to return her to nursery. We have sent them a postcard from each of the countries we have visited.
Before heading off we take a walk around Griffiths Island to take a look at the lighthouse. It's a Shearwater bird colony and smells like it. The beaches on the Southern Ocean side are fabulous and we play with the quick sand we find on the beach.
The B100 is the Great Ocean Road and its not far out of Port Fairy that we reach Warrnambool and shortly after that the turn off to the Great Ocean Road itself.
It's not until Peterborough and the Bay of Islands that the Great Ocean Road touches the coast. Known as the 'shipwreck coast' it's easy to see why.
The next stop is The Grotto which really makes it clear how the sea is slowly eating away at this coast.
It's part way along the Great Ocean Road that we realise Boris has developed a 'smell'. Probably not his fault, but his grey waste stinks. We have to permanently leave the plug in the sink to avoid his embarrassment.
London bridge is the next stop on the drive.
It's a spectacular coast, but the frequency of the beautiful stop offs and walks down to lookouts etc makes it rather hard work. I know it sounds bad to say so, but getting the kids in and out of their seats and down even a 1km round trip hike to a coastal view, every 10 minutes or so, is tiring. Especially in the heat. It's amazing that this coast is so full of spectacle, and it really is, but we were getting exhausted.
Loch Ard Gorge is breathtaking. A series of amazing stacks and arches being crashed by the ocean waves. Unfortunately full of tour coaches, but a highlight all the same. The photo below is just one area of Loch Ard Gorge, the Razorback, as it is called. How do these stacks stay as they are when everything around them has been washed away?
Our next stop is probably the most famous of all sights on the Great Ocean Road. The Twelve Apostles, although there are something closer to eight remaining. The latest stack to fall was the one just to the left of Nat (now just a pile of rocks) in 2005. Some of the others are looking equally dodgy, I suggest you visit soon if you are planning to.
Stopping so frequently to look at this awesome coastline does slow us down and we realise we won't be able to get to Bimbi Park on Cape Otway (thanks our friends from Geelong for the recommendation) which was our initial plan for the day. We are an hour short of it at 6pm with two flagging kids and two spent adults. We pull into Princetown, just East of the Twelve Apostles. We are so pleased we did because not long after we arrived a group of some 200 kangaroos sweep across the grasslands where we are camping. We can't believe our luck. Dottie spotted them saying 'Daddy, Daddy, look jump, jump'. A special moment.
Tomorrow we'll look to push on to Lorne, Aireys Inlet or Angelsea.