After a great night at the Lighthouse Lodge in Warrnambool, we were on the road back towards Melbourne. The Lighthouse Lodge is the former lighthouse keepers residence, when such people were necessary. The house has been renovated into a 3 guest room lodge, which was very comfortable.
We started out heading east on the Great Ocean Road, retracing our steps from yesterday. There was one highlight along the road that we missed and thought it would be a good stop: the Gibson Steps. These steps clung onto the cliff walls and took us down to the beach by the 12 Apostles! It was amazing to see these mighty rock formations from the beach level. We walked a good distance along the beach to get different views of 2 of the Apostles. We had to keep an eye on the water as the tide was coming in and we didn’t want to get stranded on a narrower stretch of the beach. We had fun running from the waves as they ran up the sandy beach.
After climbing back up the Gibson Steps, we drove back to the town of Port Campbell, so I could check out some accommodations for when Tucker and Alison are here. I think I found the place I’d like to stay with them!
We decided to take a different route home from here so we could see some new roads and check out some things we discovered at the Information Center in Port Campbell. So at Laver’s Hill, we headed north. We drove down a gravel road, deep in the Otway Rainforest where we took a walk to Triplet Falls, and even at this time of year, there was water here. On Friday we hiked to a waterfalls, and it ended up being a water drip, so I was skeptical, but Jim said the literature described Triplet Falls as “thundering” so I agreed to go! Well, it wasn’t thundering (must be in the spring time), but there certainly was enough water to make it a beautiful spot. The hike to get to the falls was spectacular as we hiked through a very dense rain forest with very tall Mountain Ash trees (a variety of eucalyptus).
We lunched in Colac and then continued on to the Heritage Farm and Wool Center! This is a place Jim read about in more of that wonderful literature we get at the local information centers and it sounded interesting to a knitter and spinner. After following a couple of gravel roads, past fields of sheep, we pulled into this beautiful old country stone house and barn area and discovered Wendy Dennis, shepherd, spinner, dyer. Her farm, Tarndwarncoort, has been growing wool from the same flock, on the same land, by the same family since 1840! They raise Polwarth sheep, a breed their ancestors are responsible for developing. Today, Wendy sells her fleeces around the world, and was even familiar with the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, one of my favorites! We had a wonderful tour of her farm and she answered all of our questions, and I bought some of her yarn! This place was a gem and we are glad to have found it!
By now, Melbourne was calling so we set Sheila (our GPS) to Home and followed her gentle directions.
It was another great weekend get-away! Next weekend we’re staying home though because we’ve been invited to go bike riding with one of Jim’s colleagues and his wife. Hope the weather cooperates for that!