Clouds rolling overhead and rain drops collecting on the windows, we were afraid the day would no longer be kind to us on our drive along the world famous Great Ocean Road with Groovy Grape Tours.
**** This post came to be through a Groovy Grape Tour in 2014 provided free of charge to cover it in blogs posts. I wasn’t paid.****
And it had all started so well. Hot sunshine basked our bodies that are tightly wrapped up to prevent the wind from sending a chill up our spines.
But nothing of this matters as we smiled blissfully at the view in front of our eyes. As our first stop we had breakfast by the beach of Torquay before we hit the road again past low bushes stretching along the winding road and towards the horizon and towards the ocean.
And then it came into view, the Memorial Arch, which marks the beginning of the Great Ocean Road and pays homage to all the soldiers that invested all their sweat and hard labour after returning from their service after World War I. Soaking up history, we were very soon also getting a dose of biology, witnessing first hand when we glimpsed our first koalas lazily clinging to the trees in their day long nap.
After soon being healthily reenergized with wraps and lots of filling options, we had a few walks by the beach at Wye River and Apollo Bay.
Leaving the waters and entering the greenery, we made our way through the lush Otway Forest all the while looking for carnivorous snakes and insanely old as well as hollow trees.
The first we did not see and the latter we saw fallen remains of but this only added to the enchanted forest mystery feeling we got walking beneath fern trees and over rumbling streams.
The highlight of the day was yet to come, though. Impressive and hauntingly shrouded in sea spray and mist the rose up from the roaring waves.
The 12 Apostles were truly a magnificent sight and I swear I can never get enough of them. Any weather is good and instead of blinding sunlight that would turn the boulders black in the photographs we got low clouds contrasting with the lively limestone colours before the rains tarted to set in.
And we went to our camp to hunch over our yummy chicken schnitzel or veggie burgers respectively and ended the day with a TV night.