• GOR

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     Leaving Melbourne we follow the coast to the west by the Great Ocean Road. The most beautiful road in the world according to the Australian. Let's not exaggerate. It is a road with beautiful views of the ocean but there are others who compete at the landscape level as the road through the Lofoten or one that runs along the southern coast of Crete. But here we are in the myth. The ocean is now called Indian. But mostly it's the side of surfing. It is here that many test runs of the World Cup. Here were born Rip Curl and Quick Silver.

    So we go through Torquay surfing capital. We especially see shops.

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    Torquay after we go to the legendary Bells Beach. Mentioned in the movie Point Break (but was filmed in Oregon), this spot has good very large regular waves; among other Long Wave. The water is colder than Sydney. We did not swim because besides the waves are impressive, the currents are strong.

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     The road passes through the Great Otway National Park. A new large eucalyptus forest. If you go there, take the small road to the Cape Otway Lightstation. Not necessarily to see the lighthouse, whose input is a bit expensive, but to see free and very colony koalas sleeping in the trees.

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    The highlight of the GOR is the grandiose spectacle offered by The Twelve Apostles. These are produced by erosion of the cliff rock formations. Regularly they collapse. There are already over 12 and in a while there will be more. Again the wave trains are impressive.

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    Port Campbell Hostel 18 Tregea St, Port Campbell, Port Campbell, Victoria
    Tél: 03 5598 6305

    http://portcampbellhostel.com.au/

    Hostel. Modern and clean. Shared kitchen facilities. Free wifi for an hour per person (like this deserves three)

     

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  • Tower Hill Reserve

     

    Not far (the Australian scale) Port Campbell, near Warrnambool, there Nature Reserve Tower Hill. This reserve is in the collapsed crater of an ancient volcano. A lake was formed. Today this territory was returned to the Aborigines. In this "hole" natural kind of "Lost World" live kangaroos, emus, koalas. Say it right away, once again we did not see any kangaroos. By against emus are everywhere, including around the picnic tables. The emu is one of two animal symbol of Australia. Koalas also sleeping in the eucalyptus park. The koala is a 0 carbon animal because it eats very little and very little consommr. So still a place to see free and easy.

    We did a walk through the park and saw birds, but also reptiles turtle, lizard Tiliqua rugosa and copperhead snake or tiger snake. Regarding the snake, even if we are not on his name, I think we do not want. It is in any way without fatal existing anti venom. Following the meeting on the roadside, we decide that our nature outings would be now with the shoes.

    This small reserve is very friendly but not very well marked.

     

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    The evening with a barbecue we ate French or almost: pad kangaroo pasta.

     

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  • Phillip Island

     

    We left the GOR to go beyond Melbourne on Phillip Island. The road passes inland. We cross the regions of dairy farms and meat. We are at the end of the year and here they are haying. We pass through villages that are all alike: some western high street stores, agricultural machinery, gas stations ... The temperature rose to 38 ° C.

    Arriving at Melbourne we find that it's off on vacation. Kilometers of traffic jam out of the city to the west. Arriving at Phillip Island, we also are treading water. We were not accustomed to. It is true that here it is the summer holidays and the whole area is very popular. I had found the time to make my hotel reservations. The temperature dropped 17 ° C . In Melbourne they say he can have four seasons in one day.

    Phillip Island is famous for: its penguins  , koalas and wild coast. We wanted to see the "penguin parade". Unfortunately we did not book and there it is full. We console ourselves by saying we've seen the critters free (here it's more expensive). More on Phillip Island parade seems dramatized. To see the koalas on the island, it takes more than 20 dollars. We headed to the south end of the island that is home to a colony of seagulls. There are also seals, but probably not in this season.

     

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    The show is great on the sunset. The waves are huge, especially in the wind storm. As often happens here gateways allow us to appreciate the view. Seagulls struggling against the wind. Nesting boxes have been built and in each of them a little penguin. A wallaby grazing quietly   .

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    In the evening we eat Nepali at the  village feast. By driving the next day, we take a look at the pelicans.

     

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    KOALA PARC RESORT 1825 Phillip Island Road, Cowes,Victoria

    tél: 03 5952 2176

    http://www.koalaparkresort.com.au/page/display/2/

    Accommodation on Phillip Island is expensive, because it is a resort area for Merbourniens

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