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[Melbourne] Great Ocean Road

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Yes yes, I know the Great Ocean Road is for tourists, but I am a tourist after all. We drove along the beautiful route, stopped randomly to marvel at the gorgeous blue, munched down some fish and chips with ginger beer, watched the sun set over the 12 apostles, then, when it’s completely dark, star-gazed in the fields next to a pack of cows (more details on this later..)

And yes, it was a wonderful, wonderful day.

Here are the 12 apostles, a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park. There are actually only 9 stone stacks, so don’t go crazy trying to find the other 3.

There are helicopter that fly tourists over the 12 apostles too, the price varies based on how much time/distance you’d like to fly.

We stopped by a lake for some ginger beer and fish and chips. The fish & chips wasn’t amazing, but we were in such a good mood that we didn’t mind the mediocre food at all.

The boy and his apostles.

We made it back to the 12 apostles just in time for a magnificent sunset. The stones changed colors along with the descending sun, and the ocean…so soft, like a piece of silk, made gentle waves along the shoreline.

When the sky turned completely dark, we turned off the engine on a little path and stared into the sky. It was a bit cloudy, but it was still a starry starry night and especially magical for someone coming from Shanghai (you will agree with me that we don’t see many stars here in the polluted city). The funny thing is that we thought we were completely alone, until we heard a strange sound…and upon inspecting our surroundings with a flashlight, we realized that we were standing next to a pack of cows! And that strange sound? It’s one of them defecating rather loudly.

The 12 Apostles are about a 3.5-hour drive from Melbourne city center, and even if you don’t have a car, there are plenty of tour buses that will come here. I didn’t find the stone stacks particularly extraordinary, but it’s a lovely drive (especially when you are not the driver), so why not make the trip?

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May 3rd, 2012 at 10:42 pm

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