Koalas, Emu’s & The Great Ocean Road…

After our adventures in the Grampian’s National Park we set off for the Great Ocean Road, widely purported to be one of the ‘best coastal driving roads in the world’!

Before this however, we stopped off at the Tower Hill Reserve where we were thrilled to come close to wild Koala’s – something we’ve been waiting for since we arrived in Oz! We were just about to go on a nature walk when our guide spotted the furry marsupials up a tree so we rushed over there to get a glimpse. Luckily the Koala sat on one of the bottom branches wasn’t in a hurry and we were able to get some great photos of her!

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Two more Koalas were asleep in the same tree – one male and one female – when they were joined by another young male who ran right across the ground in front of us before climbing up the tree trunk.

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We almost witnessed a Koala fight as the young male awoke the other (dominant) male when he climbed past. The bigger dominant male didn’t take too kindly to this and all we could do was watch as he then chased the younger one up a thin branch – growling viciously as he forced him backwards. The poor youngster was screaming in fear whilst crouching precariously at the end of the branch – we swear we could hear him growl ‘help’! Luckily the older Koala soon realised that he was too big and heavy to continue the chase, so gave up and went back to sleep. It was fascinating to witness this and we feel so privileged. We also got a new understanding of the saying ‘appearances can be deceiving’ – those Koala’s may look cute and cuddly, but they’re bloody scary!

Also in abundance at Tower Hill were wild Emu’s who didn’t seem at all phased as they wandered amongst the cars and visitors.

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After a brief stop at Warrnambool for lunch we soon arrived at the Great Ocean Road.

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Here we were treated to amazing views of the ‘shipwreck coast’ and spectacular blue seas. Our first lookout point was the ‘Bay of Islands’, followed by the ‘Bay of Martyrs’, ‘The Grotto’, ‘London Bridge’, ‘The Twelve Apostles’ and ‘Loch Ard Gorge’.

The Bay of Islands
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Bay of Martyrs
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The Grotto
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London Bridge
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The Twelve Apostles
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Loch Ard Gorge
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After visiting Loch Ard Gorge we said goodbye to the Great Ocean Road for the day and headed back a few kilometres to our hostel in the pretty seaside town of Port Campbell.

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That night we cooked our own dinner – chicken kiev, baked beans and potatoes – an old favourite of ours from back home – before going to bed in preparation for a 7am start the next day, where we were to continue our road trip. The next morning the GOR took us through the Great Otway National Park where we got off the bus to go for a walk in the rainforest at ‘Mait’s Rest’. Here we wandered through giant Myrtle Beech trees and Eucalypts which blocked out the sun with their huge canopies.

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We then stopped at Castle Cove…

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Our next stop was Apollo Bay – a beautiful little tourist town by the sea, where the views were once again amazing.

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Next was a place that fans of the movie ‘Mad Max’ or the 1990’s Children’s TV show ‘Round the Twist’ may recognise – the Split Point Lighthouse. This has featured in both of these as well as several other TV shows, films and works of literature.

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Our last port of call on the Great Ocean Road was Bells Beach – another spot famous for its role in a Hollywood movie. Parts of the surfing film ‘Point Break’ were filmed here.

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This brought us to the end of the Great Ocean Road, we then continued our journey towards the city of Melbourne. It’s fair to say that this road has lived up to our expectations and given us yet another thing to love about Australia!…

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