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The Great Ocean Road

Tour with Garry and the Longhorn Unique Tours

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Garry meets us we come off the train and we learn our tour for up to six people is a private tour. Can I say yippee!

How do I describe the next two days? Well amazing, exciting, wonderful, jaw dropping, you get the picture?

We make numerous stoops along the Great Ocean road, some by ourselves off the beaton path and some just before or after a bus tour and a couple with a bus tour, but we have a personal story teller with us, we have someone who cares about the environment, some one who loves the history of the area, someone who has spent hours planning these trips to be something special.

So besides the shipwrecks and the aggressive seas and rugged coast line we also detour to find some koalas and learn lots about their habits and challenges in a changing world. We visit a flock of King and Rosella parrots, who recognize Garry's truck and fly up to meet us landing on our heads and shoulders for some seeds.

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We explore the Otway lighthouse marveling at its amazing construction. We visited the tree top walk and learn more about the creatures and plants that grow at the different levels.

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We hike down a logging area to visit Triplet Falls, we drive, through Beech Forest where we see not one or two, but four black tailed wallabies. They are shier than kangaroos and live in the bush instead of the open areas. They are also found independently rather than groups. We visit and Aboriginal Center and spend a long time chatting to Ben about their history and the world. We see the Apostles, we see London Bridge, we see the Gorge, we see more as we drive just a bit further to see the limestone stacks at Bay of Martyrs.

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Lunch day one was steak for Roger and lamb for me in a funky bistro, tea had been earlier with home made muffins. The next day lunch was at a ridge top cafe with great organic home cooked meals. I had the chicken curry and Roger hadgoulash pot pie. We had overnight end at a swank B & B in Apollo Bay. It was a little chilly that night so no enjoying a sit on our deck, otherwise it was perfect. At the end of our second 12 hour day, Garry dropped us off at our B & B in St. Kildare in Melbourne

Posted by Mari Anne 18.12.2013 19:17 Archived in Australia Tagged otway london koala ocean walk bridge great bay road lighthouse apollo treetop

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