Thursday, March 19, 2015

Day 20 Australia - Port Fairy to Apollo Bay

Friday 13th March, 2015 - Port Fairy to Apollo Bay

As we head out after a continental breakfast provided in the room we decide to check out the town.
Not that much to see, they rave about the historical buildings but we found few.

Where we had dinner last night.

We start out on what should be a short drive that will finally take us to the Great Coastal Road.

Approx 190 km / 2.5 hours

The Great Ocean Road drive begins today.

Visit Tower Hill Wildlife Park to see kangaroos and koalas.
We drove through but didn't see any wildlife.
We drove on to Warrnambool.

The Shipwreck Coast of Victoria has a rich maritime history. The spectacular coastline is the final resting place of over 180 wrecks along our beautiful and wild coastline.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village is a maritime museum and outdoor village with Australia's richest shipwreck collection, all contained in an 1870's village located on a state heritage listed overlooking Lady Bay. The village provide a glimpse into the maritime lifestyles and trades of the 1870's era, the peak of Australia's maritime heritage.

This was a great place to visit and we spent over two hours here which included lunch. More photos to come.

Lunch in the tearoom with a warming pot of tea!

We get back on the road and stop at the cheese factory and pick up dinner.

Visit the famous Twelve Apostles and hear the stories of the shipwrecks at Loch Ard Gorge.

Yikes! You get to the Twelve Apostles and it is jam packed with tourist, helicopters you name it.
You cross the highway through an underground tunnel.

Continue on to Otway National Park for a rainforest walk.
We continue on our way and drive through the park looking for the lighthouse but we weren't given any distances and soon turned back.

Love this sign!!

Arrive Apollo Bay with its sandy beach, rolling green Otway hills and laid back lifestyle. While farming and fishing are central to the local economy, Apollo Bay is continuing to build its reputation as a holiday village.
Located 186 km south west of Melbourne on the Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay is a very typical
seaside resort with lots of motels and holiday accommodation. Its primary appeal is that it is
accessible from Melbourne and is one of key towns on a particularly beautiful stretch of coastline.

Captains at the Bay
21 Pascoe Street,
Apollo Bay VIC 3233

Captain's at the Bay is a striking, contemporary getaway in the heart of Apollo Bay. The property
offers comfortable accommodation, peace and quiet, privacy and great service, and the
advantage of being strolling distance from the foreshore, (150 metres), beach, restaurants, Visitor
Information Centre and the busy shopping centre. Captain's at the Bay offers a choice of three
different styles of accommodation - the Terraces, the Cottage, or the Loft, each with their own
decor, style and artwork.

Anna and Duncan welcomed us and we were given The Cottage, a lovely room with a private patio.

We go out for a walk.

We go back to the hotel and have our wine and cheese for dinner. A nice end to another long day.
The cockatoos are making a racket!

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