Before I bore you of my love affair with nature and yet another Great Ocean Road story, wait a second. I have some new stuff to tell you. If you are headed there yourself, here are some more places worthy of your to-do list.
**** This post came to be through a sponsored trip with Groovy Grape Tours. ****
Even Higher than Before
Each time I am in the Grampians, I discover new places and the beauty just confounds me. This time around we tried our hiking skills at the peak climb and truly, what an outstanding view. I believe I could even see the peak I last stood on.
Fancy it’s true, then I was even higher this time around and this was only stressed by the raven joining our group for a little crumb snack. Friends with birds on mountain peaks? I’m up for that.
Not New Zealand
I thought I had seen it all – well you never do and once you start travelling you come to realise that very quickly – and was positively surprised at the pretty sight at Australia’s Bay of Islands.
Unfortunately, we did not spot any of the seals or penguins around this area, but maybe you will? Fun fact for you, the winds here have come all the way from Antarctica and will face nothing to stop them except the coastline. Hence, the spectacular rugged look.
Kennett River I already knew and I knew that it was a good place for koala and bird spotting but what I wasn’t aware of was the number! Our Groovy Grape Tours guide drove us up the mountain for a bit and we got to see so many koalas perched on tree branches.
One was so close, we actually seemed to bother him too much with our ooh- and ahhing so that he jumped down and marched off. Literally. We were flabbergasted and more oo-h and ahhing ensued. Walking down we saw many more high up and spotting the koala became our new pastime until our attention was redirected to a bunch of colourful birds.
It was feeding time for the rosellas and parrots and not shy of humans, they sat on our heads waiting for snacks. We loved it!
Round the Twist
“Have you ever, ever felt like this, When strange things happen, Are you going round the twist?” Anyone recognise this? Then you will also recognise the lighthouse in my photo. It is the split point lighthouse featured in the iconic Aussie TV show Round the Twist and we got a closer peak at it this time around.
It was built in 1891 to ensure a safer passage between treacherous Cape Otway and Point Lonsdale (not for nothing is this coastline called Shipwreck Coast). In it, the head keeper was living with two assistants to keep the light alive during the dark. Nowadays, tourists come here.
And there you have it. Some more key points along the Great Ocean Road to add to your potential road trip list. Which one would be your favourite?
I would like to thank Groovy Grape Tours for taking me along on their different tours. However, as always I am staying true to my opinion.