Sunday 4 October 2009
We had a great time visiting relatives in Melbourne. During the week we took a three-day road trip along the Great Ocean Road southwest to the Twelve Apostles rock formations, then north to Hall's Gap in the Grampian mountains before returning to Melbourne. We did a lot of short walks --- at Anglesea, Marriner's Lookout, Maits Rest, the Cape Otway lighthouse, the Gibson Steps, the Loch Ard gorge, Chautauqua Peak, and McKenzie Falls. Along the way we saw wild koalas, kangaroos and wallabies. The Great Ocean Road reminded me of Big Sur. The stories of shipwrecks, settlers, hardship and survival were inspiring. A great trip.
One tip: a brochure claimed the return trip to the base of McKenzie Falls takes one hour and twenty minutes, so I almost skipped it, but we did it in twenty-five minutes, with two five-year-old kids. It's well worth it!