8 hours later we arrived in…Melbourne, Australia!! Kind of a surreal moment when the captain announced our landing in the place I’ve been meaning to visit for the longest time. Australia’s seasons are opposite what we have in Canada and despite the fact that it was Spring in October when we landed, the weather was quite chilly! We had some lovely friends who were gracious enough to let us stay with them for our 4-day stop.
The Great Ocean Road drive was the first on our bucket list and it is essentially a long windy road built right next to the coast of Victoria so you get these amazing beach and mountain views as you cruise along.
Every beach was more beautiful than the next. The waters were so crystal clear.
We drove a comfortable 3 hours of this scenic route from Melbourne to Apollo Bay.
By the way, Australians drive on the other side of the road… it was actually kind of trippy seeing cars coming from the other direction, but you get used to it.
Some beautiful natural rock formations
It’s also extremely windy!
Looks like K is having a great time basking in the sunlight and soaking in the view in his swim gear… WRONG it was actually FREEZING haha it was all for the shot
Somewhere between Lorne and Apollo Bay, we decided to stop for some coffee then out of the corner of our eye we saw a swarm of colorful birds. Obviously we had to stop and check out the scene. What we thought was some sort of exotic bird tour was actually just random stopper byers who had some seeds or crackers on hand to feed these guys. And so we did the same…and this is what happened
Those Yellow-Crest Cockatoos and parrots sell for thousands in Canada!!! And here they are just roaming like pigeons in Toronto. Very surreal moment here. Especially because I’m usually not too great with animals.
They’re so adorable!
We got even more lucky as we ventured deeper and discovered a Koala Bear! It was literally just a few feet away from us, just munching away at the Eucalyptus leaves. These guys really are as furry and adorable as I pictured.
We stopped at Apollo Bay for dinner. Dining out in Australia is not cheap. Entrees are about $30AUD on average. I had Kangaroo steak with mash and veggies. Kangaroo meat is an excellent source of lean protein and it tasted exactly like steak and surprisingly very tender.
K had a Swordfish with guac and fries which was very tasty as well.
On our way back, we were in for another treat. The sunset! I’ve seen a decent number of sunsets from a various corners of the world but this was really something else.
We picked a little edge near the mountains and watched as the sun painted the sky amber and casted deep shadows behind the rocky coast. It’s unfortunate that a photo or video can only capture but a fraction of the moment. I have only a fleeting memory of being on the other side of the world and just taking in this glorious sunset with K.
If you ever visit Victoria, the Great Ocean Road is a must-do. You will not regret it.