The Great Ocean Road was built as a memorial to the fallen soldiers in World War I, it is a wonderful tribute. Sean was very impressed that the road was almost completely paid for before workers started construction. The RSL (Returned Servicemen's League) had done a two year campaign and raised 81,000 British Pounds. The rest of the funding was brought in through tolls (two shillings per vehicle) on the road over the next fourteen years. Originally built, the drive was harrowing. It was one way, due to the narrow sections along steep cliffs and it had few places for white-knuckled drivers to pull over and enjoy the view. Over the years it has been widened and many viewpoints added.
Despite the Twelve Apostles dwindling in number as the pounding surf of The Southern Ocean erodes them away, they remain a stunning and iconic. We spotted koalas, echidnas, wallabies and any number of cockatoos, parrots, rosellas and other brightly coloured native birds.
And as a fitting end to a fabulous few days, we caught the ferry across the Rip from Queenscliff to Sorrento landing back in Flinders in time for lamb roast!
|Australia has prairies - who knew?|
|a rural general store|
|awesome wave viewing|
|incentive to stay on the pathways|
|a view from one lookout|
|Koalas are easy to spot when they are along the road|
|much harder to spot in the trees of Cape Otoway|
|magical sandy bays along the way|