We left the desert Outback for the considerably moister climate of the south coast of Australia, just west of Melbourne, to drive the Great Ocean Road. After our first day at the coast, we got to the small town of Lorne after nightfall. Then on a morning that literally smelled like heaven, we woke up to this sight right outside the door to our room.
In fact, we had to keep the door closed to keep them from coming in. Even so, we resisted the urge to put these cockatoos in a cage and sell them for big bucks stateside.
Where we stayed was quite nice, considering it was a backpacker’s hostel. The reception office was quite quaint.
Our first stop was the Kennet River where we were told we could see Koalas in the eucalyptus trees. And lo and behold.
Gretchen proved great at spotting them, most of which were high up in the trees.
Not to be outdone by a bunch of slow moving and dim witted puffy bears, the birds continued to entertain. These parrots where not shy to use people as a perch. I even got a picture of the bird while it was on my arm.
But the real reason we came down this way was to see the fabulous coast of the chilly Tasman Sea.
And when one encounters a new shore, the only logical thing to do is embrace nature with nature.
Of course what this stretch of road is really famous for is the great cliffs and rock formations just off shore.
This particular formation is called the “Twelve Apostles”.
Of course nature has a way of making fun of man’s quaint ways, as there are now only 6 “apostles” left standing.
The mood changes as the light changes.
And the same scene can look very different the next day. But one constant is the continuous roar of the ocean. It seemed louder and wilder than I have heard it before.
Time and erosion from the incessant pounding surf will turn this apostolic statue to rubble, as the mountains return to the sea.
At the top of the cliffs was this beautiful scrub bush environment that really intrigued me.
We took the inland road back towards Melbourne, and found an idyllic countryside landscape covered in farms and fields.
It was strange to see these working farms among the eucalyptus trees and birds of paradise fluttering about.
At times the trees seemed like something out of Dr. Seuss.
But our time in the Outback and the countryside was coming to an end. And the road now led to the cities of Melbourne and Sydney. And remember, we are driving on the left!