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Days 5,6

Geelong to Lavers Hill, Princetown

sunny 28 °C

Sat Mar 18
We left Geelong this morning with me leading for a change from being Tail End Charlie. I didn't volunteer, Peter says it's your turn so that's what happened.
The traffic was quite bad and there were hundreds of bicycles on the road as there was a 240 km race on today.
We stopped for morning tea on the side of the road near Louitt Bay. There were many interesting houses on the hillsides around this area so took a photo of one in particular - locals say that this is only their family room - the rest of the house is connected via the walkway.
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We then continued on to Apollo Bay through Lorne. It may have been wonderful viewing for the passengers in the cars but for the drivers it required total concentration as the road is VERY windy.
We found an off street parking for the 4 vans at Apollo Bay and had a walk around and lunch before heading up the mount to Lavers Hill for the night. We did intend staying here for 2 nights but have changed our plans and will head back down the other side of the mount to Princetown for tomorrow night stay.
Olwyn has trouble remembering what the code is to get into the toilet block.

Sun Mar 19
We left Lavers Hill and drove a long way (40kms) to our stop for the night at Princetown Recreation Reserve.
After booking in and setting up we got in the cars (Peter and Olwyn with us and Ron and Dot with John and Wendy) and drove along the Great Ocean Road looking at all of the wonderful viewing points along the way.
The first stop was at Gibsons Steps which are 83 steps down onto the beach near the first of the 12 Apostles.
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Next stop was at The 12 Apostles - well - there are only 8 left now, the other 4 have collapsed into the sea. The area is teaming with tourists. Not joking - thousands of them.
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Onwards then to look at The Loch Ard Gorge. This is the area where a ships apprentice (Tom Pearce) and an 18 year old girl (Eva Carmicheal) off the Loch Ard which had hit some rocks off the coast had sunk killing 52 people, swam ashore and were eventually rescued.
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On again through Port Campbell to look at "The Arch".
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Then to London Bridge. The main connection from the land to the bridge was still there when we visited in 1974 but in 1990 it to collapsed into the water.
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We then drove on the short distance to look at the village of Peterborough then returned to the caravans for Happy Hour after a great day out.
Tomorrow will will drive to Warrnambool where we will stay for 3 nights.

Posted by Bobnhiroe 02:31 Archived in Australia

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