Friday, November 20th: Geelong – MELbourne

Our last day. It had been raining during the night and  in the morning there was still heavy cloudcover. We left the hotel and parked in the city center mall covered parking. We went for a pancake breakfast in one of the mall’s small businesses and then walked to the waterfront with it’s “bollards”. We combined the walk with one of the three “WherIgo” geocaches that took us along part of the 4Km bollard trail. Just when we wanted to start a second WherIgo it started to rain again and we decided better to get the car and start heading closer to the airport.  Near Werribee there was an air museum but that closed at 3 so we were a bit late to visit, the only thing left was Werribee Park and it’s rose garden.  Our visit was cut short because of the rain again so there was nothing left to do than get closer to the airport again, get some dinner, fill up the car and return it to the rental company. Once we checked in and dropped our luggage we went through security and walked 10 minutes to the gate at the far end of the terminal. As our flight was over an hour late we had plenty of time to answer a questionnaire by Australia’s Tourist board . At last, take off was just before midnight for a 13.5 hour flight to Dubai, followed by a 7 hour flight to Brussels.

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Thursday, November 19th: Cape Otway – Geelong

We left our cabin on Cape Otway to continue our way along The Great Ocean Road. One of the first stops was Kenneth River, a place that’s known to almost guarantee koala sightings but what we saw was almost unbelievable. Cars and busses parked everywhere, even in the middle of the road and people flocking around one spot where cockatoo and parrots almost attacked people for food. In the nearby trees there where once again koala’s.
We continued to Teddy’s lookout, the “gate” at the start of the Great Ocean Road and split point lighthouse to Geelong for our final accomodation of this trip.

Finally we are “connected” again.

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Wednesday, November 18th: Cape Otway

Before the alarmclock went off we woke up because of a load roaring sound that seemed very close by. We opened up the curtains a spotted a koala sitting in the eucalyptus tree just meters away from our balcony. In an open space behind the trees and bushes a kangaroo was watching us, he must have heard us when we went outside to see the koala.
After breakfast we started our tour of the area where we had stops for yet another rainforest walk and a few waterfalls. For one of them, Hopetoun falls we descended 199 steps to the base of the falls and of course we also had to climb all these steps on the way back.
By late afternoon we were back at the cabin but not after stopping a few times the last few kilometers to spot some of the many koala’s.
At the cabin “our” koala was also still there.

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Tuesday, November 17th: Warrnambool – Cape Otway

We left Warrnambool behind us and after about 15 Km we were at the start of The Great Ocean Road. This road is one of Australia’s highlights and has magnificent views just about everywhere.  Limestone along the coast eroded forming arches, bridges and the most famous landmark, The Twelve Apostles. Unfortunately from the original 12 only 8 “apostles” are still standing.
By evening we arrived at Cape Otway where we stayed in a cabin away from everything. No phone reception, no internet.

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Monday, November 16th: Cape Nelson – Warrnambool

Only a short drive today so we could take it easy. A few kilometers from Cape Nelson we did a short walk to the enchanted forest. From the parkinglot it’s steep downhill along many steps and of course, coming back it’ steep uphill.
A bit further down the road we stopped at Yellow Rock, a yellow colored rock just at the water’s edge.
We then made another stop at Port Fairy, known for it’s historic houses. We also went for a walk on Griffith Island which is a bird sanctuary where at this time many birds are nesting. We also saw several black wallabies.
When we arrived at Warrnambool we had just enough time left to visit the Maritime village with, again, historic buildings and two lighthouses.

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