Australian Advenure Day 3 -Melbourne to Warrnambool,The Bay of Islands and The Twelve Apostles

It was a very early wake up time this morning.   Earl was not feeling well last night and getting up at 3:00 a.m. did not help either.   By four o’clock we were on the road with Aunt in the driver’s seat. She did not need the Garmen to find the way.  It was a perfect morning and after dropping off the hire car and checking in – quite a mission because of the distance one has to walk – we checked in. Do you know you have to pay for a trolley at Australian Airports?   I thought $3.00 was a bit steep! I was a little nervous when I saw the terminal was like it was used to be in the olden days when you walked onto the tarmac to board the plane.  The first one I saw had propellers and Earl almost had me convinced that this was ours!   The name Jetstar put me at ease!

A day to depart from Newcastle to Melbourne-

Dawn departure from Newcastle to Melbourne on a Jetstar Flight

It was a bit of a shock to land in a wet and windy Melbourne.  I was so sure that Australia was a hot country that I didn’t pack any long sleeved shirts or warm jerseys – my jeans, fleece and school jacket would have to do!

It was a long drive to Warrnambool (Maria I promise this is really how you spell it!)  Fortunately Earl was feeling better and took the wheel.  We stopped for coffee at a quaint little coffee shop in one of the small town en route – excellent and Aunt assured us that $3.00 for a long black was cheap by Aussie standards.

It poured most of the way so stopping to sight see was not on the agenda.   It cleared up when we arrived and so we explored the town and surrounds for an hour.

Water everywhere

Water everywhere

Birds abound.   This is a Blue-billed duck

Birds abound. This is a Blue-billed duck

Our accommodation is a two bedroomed, two bathroom, open plan livingroom/kitchen apartment and very comfortable.  It has all the mod-cons of home including a washing machine!   

After a rest we set off along the Great Ocean Road and took in the compulsory tourist must dos.   And boy were they worth it.  The weather was awful but the beauty was still sensational and it was well worth travelling all these miles to see these incredible natural phenomena.    Also there were no crowds and no entrance fees to spoil the experience.  We could just take it all in and enjoy.  Of course we looked out for birds en route too!

We stopped at an old fashioned diner for delicious take away ham, cheese and tomato rolls.

We stopped at an old fashioned diner for delicious take away ham, cheese and tomato rolls.

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Still need to find out what this bird is

Still need to find out what this bird is

Me at The Bay of Islands

Me at The Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

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Amazing rock formations

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The gale nearly blew us away at the view point of  The Twelve Apostles

The gale nearly blew us away at the view point of The Twelve Apostles

The photographs do not do justice to the magnificence of these rock formations.   I would also love to come back on a sunny day although I think that the wild weather added to the beauty of the experience in many ways.  The sea was turbulent, the wind blew through our hair and we felt both awed and invigorated.   It was good to feel the rugged beauty both in the rocks, the sea and the weather.

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Australian Wood Duck

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Spur Lapwing

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Wood duck again

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Australian Black Bird (type of thrush)

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Black Swans

We got home quite late and went straight to Beu Jangles for pizza.   I loved the Christmas hat sported by one of the chefs.   Typical Aussie – the prettiest bush hat I’ve ever seen!

 Christmas Bush Hat

Christmas Bush Hat

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5 thoughts on “Australian Advenure Day 3 -Melbourne to Warrnambool,The Bay of Islands and The Twelve Apostles

  1. I am so jealous!! So enjoy reading your BLOG. I love the Great Ocean Road too – stunning beauty all around. The wind blew on the day we were there as well. No wonder the area has many tales of shipwreck to share. Enjoy every moment! Good that your SVPS jacket came in useful – wish I had got one!! Love Marilyn

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  2. WOW, the scenery looks incredible, how lucky you’ve been!!! I’m soooo looking forward to living it up in Oz vicariously through you heehee xxx

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  3. Our trip up the Great Ocean Road was wonderful hot sunny but hey you were in Victoria and summer only starts late December. Ozzies go crazy at Christmas and everyone dresses up even to Church. Love the people in the shops who dress like that from November. Have you visited Victoira Market Yet???

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    • Hi Mary – We hope to have some time in Melbourne before we fly back to New Castle. We hear the Victoria Market is a must!
      We love the Australian Christmas Vibe

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