27.01.2007 - 05.02.2007 30 °C
We got a hire car and I braved the drive through Melbourne city, while Paul did the map reading. We did not have too many problems apart from I almost run over a load of people, well we never got told that when a tram is in the lane next to you and it stops you have to stop to, as a load of people jump out infront of you. We stayed at Luke and Karen's for a few nights, they really looked after us. They have two greyhounds Beau the quiet dog and Blitz the mad licky licky dog, a cockatiel that stuck it's tongue out at you and a rat that loved it's food.
We left for the Great Ocean Road on the 29th January. We made a slight wrong turn and drove in the wrong direction for a short time. It was hard to find your way out of Melbourne but we managed it in the end. We met up with Mark for the last time before he headed back to London, we camped at a free site in Lorne and had a few beers and played cards. We stopped off in Torquay as all the cheap surf shops are there and then Bells bay where Point Break was filmed. We camped for the night at Port Campbell in the rain but nothing changes. The twelve apostles were really good, but there is only eleven now the twelth one is a heap of rocks on the sand. We were really lucky for a change with the weather it was really hot. We saw the Loch and Gorge and the arch they where amazing. The sea was really ruff, the waves looked massive. We saw London bridge, it's called that because of the shape, It used to have a connection but it collasped one night while two people were on it and they got stranded one side. They were having an affair so that is one way of being court on the news. Serves them right. We camped at Portland and had a lovely view of a lake and saw the sunset. We went to the petrified forest in Cape Bridge water and saw a big pod of dolphins swim past.
We camped at the grampians national park for the night. We were kind of in the middle of knowhere so who knows what could of been in the tree's. We saw McKenzie falls it was really pretty and the balconies was some rocks that stuck out over a cliff. We went and saw an original aboriginal drawing in a cave, There are not many left as people destroy them.
We stayed in Ballarat for a couple of nights, it's an old mining town. They have a place called Soverign Hill you go there and it's like going back to the mining days, everyone is dressed up in the old clothes and all the shops sell hand made candles, brass candle stick holders and we watched a guy make aniseed sweets and we tried one, its the first time we have ever had a warm boild sweet. We went on the gold mine tour, we went in to a real mine and they showed us the equipment they used and the biggest gold nugget that was ever found. Of course not the real thing though. The night tour in Soverign Hill was really good, It told the story of the miners and how the police were charging tax even if they had found no gold so there was a big fight and loads of miners died, But they won and the police stopped charging tax. It was all done with lights and sound there were no actors.
We then travelled to Phillip Island. We went to seal rock and nobbies rock, but saw no seals as they were too far out and nobbies rock was just an island stuck out the sea, It was a nice view though. Some of the beaches were really nice and the surf was really good.
We stayed with Luke and Karen for one more night before getting a flight to New Zealand................................................