Great Ocean Road, Limestone Coast & Fleurieu Penninsula Day 7-11
Day 7 -Picked up the car from Europcar and some Walker’s Doughnuts -a great way to start our 5 day road trip from Melbourne to Cape Jervis. First stop Bells Beach, short cliff walk, very dramatic watched the surfers. Next Anglesea golf course to see the kangaroos lying around on the greens. Lunch Rivavue excellent egg sandwich! Drove through Lorne- cute little beach town, to Kennett River, behind the general store koalas in the trees. Furry lumps- very cute, also saw cockatoos and lorikeets. Didn’t stop in Apollo Bay. Mait’s Rest Rainforest Walk, very primeval. Castle Cove beautiful views Johanna beach too rainy and windy to walk. Stayed the night at Southern Heights B&B www.southernheights.com.au in LAVERS HILL . Beautiful place, lovely people, complimentary nocturnal glow worm tour at Melba Gully very interesting. Dinner at the Roadhouse Café, good for the only restaurant in town. Day 8- Wonderful home cooked breakfast at B&B. Otway Fly Tree Top Walk. Very nice walk , different perspective looking down on the fern trees, climbed the tower, saw a platypus in the river, dinosaurs along the prehistoric path were tacky, but good for a laugh. Short drive to Triplet Falls. Beautiful walk and waterfalls. (If you are short on time and money, go here and skip Maits Rest and Otway Fly. It’s free and a similar rainforest environment .) 12 Apostles- beautiful rock formations in the surf, but crowded with tourist buses. Just as spectacular and less crowded were Loch Ard Gorge, Thunder Cave, The Arch, London Bridge and the Grotto. Hotel – Country Comfort Mid City WARNAMBOOL. For $86 it was a good value, good location, free parking, cheap internet, but nothing special. Dinner- Flying Horse Pub- fried lamb chop was very good, but the ribs were chewy and fatty. Walked on Logan’s Beach , looked for coffee and cake place, but nothing was open after 9:00. Day 9- Excellent breakfast at Figseller’s Café, www.figsellers.com . pancakes rhubarb crumble, ice cream and potato cake, toast, avocado BBQ sauce. One of the best!
First stop Port Fairy, not much there, nice walk along the bulkhead of the harbor. Next stop MT. GAMBIER (½ hour back time change) an unexpected delightful little city. Blue Lake Crater- amazing deep aquamarine and the locals said it was not at its peak color. Walked steep hill to Centenary Tower – view of Valley Lake (green) and Mutton Lake. Wildlife park- fenced area Kangaroos and wallabies. Wanted to go on Engelbrecht Cave tour, but it closed at 2:00. Umpherston Sink Hole – very interesting, fed the possums at dusk- adorable. Dinner Sage and Muntries – very good. Cave Gardens Sinkhole very impressive at night. Mid City Motel excellent location, large clean room, great bargain considering it included a hot breakfast brought to your room. Day 10 was the only day of the whole trip that in retrospect we would have done differently. We decided not to go to the Naracoorte Caves (inland route ½ hour longer), but went to the closer Tantoola Cave which was closed when we got there at 9:00. Robe was a nice little town, walked along the cliff beach. Had an excellent seafood platter at The Big Lobster www.thebiglobster.com.au very funny giant lobster on Princes Highway in Kingston. The Coorang was a bit of a disappointment. We took the nature walk along the beautiful milky aqua lake and stinky pink lake. We didn’t see any birds, only one lizard, and lots of FLIES. We needed binoculars at the Pelican site and the flies made the walk unpleasant. We should have just viewed the Coorang from the car and gotten to the POLTALLOCH Station ranch sooner. Wonderful accommodations, large cabin could sleep 5, big vintage kitchen stocked with breakfast. It’s a beautiful place with sheep, kangaroos and an amazing sunset over the lake. Day 11- First stop Strathalbyn- cute little town, walked through the park, quilt shops, galleries, bakeries. Goolwa- Steam Exchange Brewery- relaxed with a beer by the Hindmarsh bridge. Port Elliot- beautiful deep blue water, big granite boulders, awesome view!!Victor Harbor –cute little whaling town. Got to Cape Jervis for the 6:00 ferry to Kangaroo Island