The following day, I woke up early to be picked up for my 2 day tour from Adelaide to Melbourne. On the bus there were mostly young traveller from Germany, Italy and England. The first part of the day was just driving through South Australia over the boarder to Victoria, where we stopped for lunch. I bought a subway and chocolate scone.
`Back on the road, we carried on to the Grampians National Park and headed to Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, giving us information about the area and a brief history of aboriginals. We drove through the hilly, windy roads to the Jaws of Death. We hiked to view stunning sights of the surrounding area with different rock formations. The bus then hit the cark park where we climbing down numerous stairs to McKenzie waterfalls. It was slightly crowded but I could still see the wonders of the fall. Next we went to the amazing Reeds Lookout to see for miles of the lake and the Grampians.
As it started to become dawn, we journeyed to Halls Gaps and parked up by the cricket ground. There were so many kangeroos jumping and laying on the ground waiting to have photos taken. It was such an incredible sightseeing wild kangeroos. I managed to get several selfies with the roos.
On the way back to our hostel, we collected some pizzas to have for dinner. In the kitchen area, we spread out the pizza along a long table and tucked into them. There were three veggo options: margarita, vegetable and feta and olives. They were so delicious and just what I needed to eat.
In the evening, we chilled with a glass of wine, playing cards before having an early night, sharing a dorm with the rest of the group.
With alarms going off from 5am, it was hard not to feel awake. Once I had a shower and packed, I grabbed some breakfast ranging from croissant, toast, cheese to cereal and yoghurt. We pretty much on schedule, leaving Halls Pass at 6.30am to travel along the famous Great Ocean Road.
After a couple of hours drive, we reached our first stop of the Bay of Islands. The yellow layered rock formations were incredible. The weather was the best at this stage with clouds in the sky and my hair blowing across my face.
Next point we went to was London Bridge which is a rock formation looking like a bridge, funnily, apart from losing an arch.
Actually, it’s a bit of a funny story. Several years ago, the general public could actually stand on London Bridge, where three friends visited this area. As two on them were on the rock, one of the arches fell into the water, and got stuck stranded. They called out to the third person, who was sleeping in the car, and eventually she came to the rescue finding the police and rescue teams to help them. Now, we can just view the bridge.
Driving a little further along the road, we got the Loch Arc Gorge, where we could walk down 72 steps to the sandy beach overlooking the limestone cliffs. We hiked around the area to two other places. This road just gets better and better with the sights.
The highlight of the day was the Twelve Apostle, which was full of tourist but the tall stones jutted out of the ocean sporadically looked amazing even if the weather still hadn’t brightened up. It’s strange that there are called ‘Twelve’ because there are only seven and even when it was named there were only nine. Weird. We stopped off on Apollo Bay where we could see the Twelve Apostles in the distance from the golden beach.
We were taken through the rainforest to our lunch spot, where we ate a picnic quickly as it was so cold.
Once we had grouped back on the bus, we took a trip to Kennett River in search of Koalas. As we were walking along the path with lanky trees either side, birds clustered together wanting food from tourist, landing people head and shoulders. I was slight scared of them but as we returned, I had no choice as the green birds landed on my head with me giving a small screech and scrunch up eyes in terror. In the trees, we managed to see four cute koalas but unfortunately they were way to high to be photographed.
We travelled back to the start of the Great Ocean road to take a photpo of the official sign and The Memorial Arch. Just a little further, we ended the road at the lighthouse where the TV show ‘Round the Twist’ was filmed.
After that, we drove for a couple hours to our final destination into cosmopolitan Melbourne, where we got dropped off at our hostel. During the tour, I became friends with two German girls: one of them was staying at the same hostel as me.
By the time evening came around, I was feeling exhausted with all the hopping off and on the bus so I collapsed into my bed at a decent hour. I was so looking forward to some sleep.