Coastline, Rain Forests and Waterfalls

After a good night’s sleep in Port Campbell we were back on the Great Ocean Road (GOR) by 8:30 AM, heading west. There were a few sights along the GOC that we didn’t have time to visit yesterday so they were our first stops this morning.

Our stops at The Arch, London Bridge and The Grotto gave us a chance to do some walking while viewing these amazing places. We then drove east on the GOR to re-visit a couple of highlights. At Loch Ard, we walked to where the Sherbrooke River meets the ocean and enjoyed the crashing waves! I also took Tucker and Alison to the small cemetery at the Loch Ard site to see the grave sites of the only 4 bodies that were recovered from the Loch Ard ship wreck in 1878. This added the human element to this coastal area.

The Arch

The Arch

Tucker and Alison at London Bridge. Where's the warmth of Port Douglas?!

Tucker and Alison at London Bridge. Where’s the warmth of Port Douglas?!

Surf at Sherbrooke Estuary

Surf at Sherbrooke Estuary

One more stop at the Twelve Apostles before heading inland for a different route back to Melbourne. We stopped in Laver’s Hill for lunch and we got lucky when we chose a restaurant and walked in to discover the wonderful smells of freshly baked scones and bubbling hot homemade soup! Lunch was delicious!

Last view of the Twelve Apostles

Last view of the Twelve Apostles

Our next stop was at Triplet Falls~Jim and I hiked here on our tour of the GOR and I thought that Tucker and Alison would enjoy the rain forest trail and the waterfalls. And they did! The waterfalls were gushing because the area has had a lot of rain in the past week, which made them more spectacular.

Rainforest photo op

Rainforest photo op

Fern trees, my favorite! It reminds me of Jenny Lake!

Fern trees, my favorite! It reminds me of Jenny Lake!

Hug a tree!

Hug a tree!

One third of Triplet Falls, today's view.

One third of Triplet Falls, today’s view.

Same third of Triplet Falls from when Jim and I were there a month or so ago.

Same third of Triplet Falls from when Jim and I were there a month or so ago.

After returning to the car, we set Sheila to take us home and we returned to Melbourne enjoying the scenery and the city view as we approached from the west.

A wonderful dinner at Sweet Basil’s-Modern Thai, a good way to end our latest adventure!

Plans for tomorrow are yet to be determined!

G’Day Mates!

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4 comments on “Coastline, Rain Forests and Waterfalls

  1. Sue Rimore says:

    Can you keep your blog going for all of your retirement? I just love seeing the awesome pictures and reading your blog. Living through you guys since I will never get those opportunities — throroughly enjoy your travels!!

  2. Amy says:

    Beautiful photos! What are the temps over there now? Does their winter begin when our summer begins? One more question…. Does Sheila have an Aussie accent?

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