Melissa and I woke up really early on a Friday morning (Henry had to work, boo) to go on a one-day tour of the Great Ocean Road with Wildlife Tours Australia. It was an all day adventure from 7am till 9:30pm...it was a looonngg day, but loads of fun. Please check out this link below to read a little history about the Great Ocean Road, it is worth viewing:
Although we both agreed we could have spent longer in many of the places we visited, overall it was a great tour, and our driver was really nice and informative. The biggest down fall was our free lunch we got at this restaurant, but we made up for by getting mint chocolate ice-cream in a waffle cone at an ice cream parlor (sorry, forgot to take a picture). YUM! We had to pay for that, but well worth the money.
CHEERS! This was the beginning of our journey. Melissa was drinking coffee, and I had some tea.
This is Great Ocean Road Memorial arch in honor of all those who worked on the road.
Went to a handful of beaches, but didn't get to spend much time. Also, we went by some look out points just to take some pictures.
Had to take a couple of jumping pictures. =)
Cool house, huh?!
Spotted one koala at Kennett Rive, he was sleeping, so cute. Our tour guide said they have bad tempers though, so don't piss them off. Also, did you know they actually sleep for 19 hours a day!!! Talk about a rough life.
Our tour bus.
This was a super easy walk through Otway's Rainforest.
One of the most popular spots to visit is the 12 Apostles. Spectacular! The pictures don't do it justice, it just a place you need to visit. They were formed by erosion and the constant action of the sea hitting the limestone thus wearing down the rocky cliff leaving behind large stacks of individual rocks. The cliff is eroding 2cm each year, so this means more large stacks of rocks in the future.
The picture is small, but you can walk all the way out to the edge.
Not that you will fall and get hurt, but "You may fall and DIE." Straight to the point.
The Loch Ard Gorge was named after a ship called Loch Ard. It carried 54 passengers and crew from England to Melbourne. Unfortunately, there was ship wreck and there were only 2 survivors. This is where Tom Pearce (the ship's apprentice) and Eva Carmichael (an irishwoman immigrating with her family) came ashore. Pearce climbed out of the gorge to look for help, which he did, and came back for Eva. If you are wondering, they didn't fall and love and get married after that. Boo!
Just thought the sky looked cool.
The London Bridge was a spot that visitors could walk all the way out to the end before the middle section collapsed in 1990. Our tour guide told us that there were two people on the end section when it collapsed (I think I would have peed my pants). They both survived and had to be rescued by helicopter. Sing it with me... London Bridge is falling down, falling down, London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady. Good, shall we sing it again?
This is what it looked like before.
A beautiful sunset to finish off the day...