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Days 4 - 8

Rosebud to Princetown

semi-overcast 19 °C

Day 4 Rosebud to Airey Inlet.
We arose very early (6.30 am) this morning so that we could catch the 8.00 am car ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliffe. Catching this early ferry saved $40.00 for the trip. It was lucky that we made the effort to get to the wharf early as some of the later arrivals had to wait for the 9.00 am run even though the ship is quite large there were too many customers. It was still dark when we got up and it was quite cold. The sunrise over Port Phillip Bay was magnificent. We missed breakfast but had a coffee on the ferry.
When we disembarked 45 minutes later at Queenscliffe we told our GPS that we wanted to go Torquay where we were to meet up with our travelling companion from here; Pommy Bob Bridgestock.
After together and having lunch we drove down the “Great Ocean Road” to Aireys Inlet to have a look at the Split Point Light House which is over 100 feet (30 metres) high. The walk UP to the lighthouse was very steep however the views from here were spectacular. Some quite interesting rocks in the sea being eroded by the waves.
We then drove out to a free campsite (Hammonds Road campground) in the Aireys National Park for the night. It’s 10km out of town on a gravel road which in places is quite corrugated. The campsite is very secluded and quiet but lovely.

Day 5 Hammonds Road Campground to Cape Otway Caravan Park.
We all slept in this morning and didn’t wake until 7.45 so it was a late getaway.
We drove back to Aireys Inlet then turned west again and very soon after we came upon a gateway to the Great Ocean Road.
This road was built by 3000 soldiers and sailors returning from World War 1 and using little more that pick and shovel between 1918 and 1932 it was funded by public and corporate donations with the Returned Servicemens League R.S.L.) helping to raise funds. The road is 241 km long and one of the longest and most visually remarkable coastal roads. This is also the world’s biggest war memorial.
We continued on down the Great Ocean Road towards Lorne where we visited the Information Centre and obtained direction to Erskine Falls.
We drove up the mountain and at the entrance to the falls carpark a sign said “Not suitable for caravans” so we parked on the side of the road and were just about to start the 2 km walk to the falls when a young tourist offered us a lift down in his vehicle. His mates were walking and expecting him to come along and pick them up however he had a full car with us in it so he drove past them. They were not pleased.
The 200 odd steps down to the falls viewing area were very steep but the view down there was very good.
When we finally got back up to the top of the steps the same young guy offered us a lift back up to our vans. We couldn’t thank him enough.
We drove back towards Lorne and on the way called into Teddy’s Lookout and had lunch while we were there. The view down onto the Great Ocean Road was great.
Back into Lorne then continued on through Wye River Kennett River before turning off at Skenes Creek for a free campsite again in the Great Otway National Park on the Beech Forest Road. After driving some 16 km we came across a sign “Not Suitable for caravans”, so we turned around and retraced our path then on through Apollo Bay and then down to Cape Otway and a caravan park “Bimbi Park”.
We had not been here long and we noticed in a tree right behind our van, a wild koala feeding. There are supposed to be quite a few around here.

Day 6 At Bimbi Park Campsite.
Not too much happened today apart from the rain which stated as we were having breakfast and continued all day. – at times very heavy.
Hiroe decided to do some washing and then use the laundry drier. Bob did some small repairs – unblocking the drain from the kitchen sink where a rather wayward grape had found its way to prevent water from the sink escaping as it should. He then replaced the washer in one of the kitchen taps which decided to develop a leak. All very convenient on a rainy day when there wasn’t much else to do.
Hopefully the weather will clear overnight.
Oh!! And one other thing – we have no mobile phone no TV and no internet to distract us here.
By the way – Thanks Max and Chris for your comments good to hear from you. Don’t forget everyone – you can post comments as well.
No photos today, didn’t think you would want to see Hiroe slaving over a washing machine

Day 7 Part of The Otway Walks and Falls route
This morning turned out to be reasonably fine so we all boarded “Pommy Bob’s” car and went to have a look at some of the local scenery.
First stop was at a Californian Redwood plantation which had been planted in 1938. The trees are magnificent.
On then to Hopetoun Falls which have been named in honour after a past Victorian State Governor. The walk down to the bottom of the falls was about 2.5 km and very steep. Hiroe didn’t like the walk although her diabetes educator has recommended she partake of this sort of activity. Still, she has a bit of a niggly knee so that excuse is OK.
Next stop was at Beauchamp Falls. A long steep walk again. The two Bobs did the 2 km walk in just under an hour and had to sit and rest at the top. The falls probably not as spectacular at Hopetoun.
On again to have lunch at the ‘Ridge Café’ which has all homemade food. We spent quite a while here resting and eating.
Next stop was at Triplet Falls. You guessed it; A steep walk down and back again but the view was worth it.
Back then to the vans for the night.
Oh!! And after paying for lunch etc we now have no money to add to the no TV, No Mobile phone and no internet.

Day 8 Bimbi Park (Cape Otway) to Princetown
We departed Bimbi Park at 9.00 am after a lovely 3 days here. We stopped at a lookout at Castle Cove where the car park was packed.
We continued on up to Lavers Hill where we purchased some meat for tonight’s meal and took a photo of a sculpture there.
Leaving Lavers Hill it was downhill all the way to Princetown where we have camped for the night in the local Recreation Area.
. We unhooked our van and then had lunch before all going to have a look at The 12 Apostles. First stop was at Gibson’s Steps and we climbed down to the beach and took lot of photos here.
Onwards to the main viewing are of the Apostles and again we took lots of photos. The views here were magnificent. It’s just a pity that there are only 8 left instead if the 12 we saw when we first came here in 1974 and again in 1994.
We drove on to have a look at Loch Ard Gorge which is the site of a shipwreck in 1878. Only 2 young people survived, a young girl named Eva Carmichael and a ships apprentice, Tom Pearce.
Back to the van for the night.

Posted by Bobnhiroe 23:29 Archived in Australia Tagged to rosebud princetown

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Hi Bob 'n Hiroe,
Am following your journey with interest. I was born and lived in Dromana until I was 20 when I joined the RAN. Have been back only 4 or 5 times since leaving the Navy. Have done the Gt Ocean Road a number of times my fav spot is Loch Ard Gorge, I have relos in Warrnambool, 3 cousins in fact. Am a bit envious of you as we had to sell our van due to health reasons. Cheers and enjoy. Gav & Heather Greer.

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