Wildlife, wildlife, wildlife
25.11.2012 - 25.11.2012 19 °C
We wake to more kangaroos at our Princetown campground, as well as large groups of cockatoos and the odd galah. It's grey and trying to rain. Dottie enjoys a run around on the grass, dodging kangaroo poo, before we set off. More Great Ocean Road today.
Heading up through Wattle Hill and Lavers Hill the terrain changes as we move away from the coast and up into rainforest covered hills. The cloud is low and we use Boris' windscreen wipers for the first time. He is still having problems with his odour and today a dry plug hole and a few strips of duct tape solve the issue in the short term. After Glenaire we take a right off the Great Ocean Road onto the Cape Otway Road (a must do detour for anyone thinking of driving this route). We'll be spending most of our day today driving through the Great Otway National Park which extends some 80kms East from here to Angelsea.
The Cape Otway Road is flanked on both sides by gum trees and as we drive South we start to spot koalas sitting in the trees up above the road. Some of these koalas are very high up wedged in the 'v' of a couple of branches, but we get extremely lucky and spot one on the ground down a dirt track off the road. We spend some time with him before he ambles off up the nearest gum tree.
There are literally koalas everywhere and they are easy to spot. Just look for the gum trees with very few leaves and most have a koala in them. A short way up the road we come across a mother and baby in a tree just at eye level. Perfect. So cute.
At the head of the cape is Cape Otway Lightstation. We climb the steep winding staircase to the top and take a walk around the balcony. Nat's legs turn to jelly.
The Great Ocean Road sticks closer to the sea over the next section. We reach Apollo Bay, probably my favourite. A long stretch of golden sand, clear water and lots of cafes, restaurants and bars along the front.
The beauty of this coastline is just ridiculous. Beach after beach, headland after headland. It's Sunday afternoon and hardly a person about. If only we could take any one of these beaches home. Brighton would be pleased. We'd just need to fix the weather then.
At Kennett River there is a little cafe that sells birdseed. We get some and head up a short walk on the Grey River Road. It's not long before we have koalas in the trees overhead again and we are surrounded by parrots. Finley loves them, as does Dottie until they land on her head. She then goes bananas.
Heading further up the coast we reach Lorne which has yet another fabulous beach. It's full of 'schoolies' as they are called out here, fresh from Melbourne and the end of term, ready to party. It's a shame to have to just pass through such a great little town.
We pass Mount Defiance headland and Aireys Inlet before reaching Angelsea and our camp for the night.
Sadly that pretty much completes the Great Ocean Road for us. We are now in shooting distance of Melbourne and will head there tomorrow.