Location:Great Ocean Road
Where We Went:
Driving along the Great Ocean Road, passing through Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell.
What We Did:
Goodbye Melbourne! It’s been a soft landing these past couple weeks, but now it’s time to hit the road and get our journey underway. We packed up our stuff, loaded it into the Move Yourself trailer, and with the streets quiet as one would expect on New Years Day, headed to the south coast. The Great Ocean Road quickly lived up to its reputation as one of the world’s bucket list drives. Sweeping turquoise seas, big sky, winding cliffs, long sandy beaches. The traffic definitely got intense in Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay, so we didn’t stop for too long (especially since parking was at a premium and we’re pulling a trailer behind us). But we did stretch our legs on an empty beach we passed along the way and got our souls puffed up with fresh seabreeze. We stopped off to get a view of the 12 Apostles, and discovered that we’d locked the padlock keys inside the trailer (more on this later). Fortunately, a friendly hostel in Port Campbell loaned us a bolt cutter, and we drove 15 minutes into the countryside for our night in an Air Bnb in Timboon.
What We Ate:
Sandwiches and take-out pizzas (feta, pumpkin and pesto).
My Favourite Pictures Today
Where We Slept:
A big, clean, spacious house in Timboon (about 15 minutes drive from Port Campbell), opposite a field of dairy cows and a playground, with a lemon tree outside, a bunk bed, kids toys, and plenty of space to roll in with our trailer. In other words, perfect!
Don’t assume someone else has the keys before you secure the padlock. Don’t assume someone saw the keys inside before you go for a walk. The Great Ocean Road, which stretches 243km between Torquay and Allensford, was built by returning soldiers from World War I and dedicated to fallen comrades, making it the world’s largest war memorial. There are plenty of places to pull over and take pictures and also let faster traffic pass. We learned that parking with a trailer attached can be as difficult as reversing with a trailer attached. If you every need a bolt cutter, look for a hostel!
Reflection of the Day
The Best Part:
Playing on a beach, exploring rock pools, racing alongside the water with the sea breeze in our hair. The “wow” views of the Great Ocean Road. Finding bolt cutters at 6pm on a public holiday. For Gali, it was having a stare down with 50 dairy cows across the street from our home tonight. He won. Moo.
The Worst Part:
Losing the padlock keys.
Today's Random Thing
A Note from Mom and Dad
The night you finally order less so you don’t waste food will be the night your T-4 will decide to eat! Gravol works on pukey kids for windy hairpin roads, but not if you time it too early (we did). The kids both fell asleep, but woke up when we pulled over for photos, and once they saw the big ocean waves, had a hard time going back to sleep. Gali was slapping himself for a while, Raquel was a groggy bobblehead. The sea breeze and beach invigorated them both (us too) and helped ward off some oncoming carsickness. We’ve learned to recognize the signs, and we timed our stop well.