Great Ocean Road Trip, Day 2, April 3, 2009 – Mount Gambier to Otway National Park

[Sigh – just discovered I’d never published this one and can’t figure out how to put it in order. So here it is, quite out of order.]

As a foursome, the twins and their respective partners travel well together. Two rituals we particularly enjoy are morning coffee and afternoon happy hour, a habit we continued on our Great Ocean Road trip.

Buckets of biscuits (cookies) lined up to tempt us at Rebecca's Cafe in Port Fairy
Buckets of biscuits (cookies) lined up to tempt us at Rebecca's Cafe in Port Fairy

Morning coffee on Day 2 was at Rebecca’s in Port Fairy. The popular café tempted us mightily with its freshly baked goods, but I was the only one who succumbed. One savoury scone was big enough for all of us to nibble with our flat whites and cappuccinos. We managed to resist buying a bucket of the yummy cookies, aka “biscuits”, lined up on the counter, but we still worked off the scone with a quick walk along the boardwalk that winds along the town and out toward the harbour.

The boardwalk along the waterway that leads from the Belfast Lough out to the sea
The boardwalk along the waterway that leads from the Belfast Lough out to the sea

This was the day we stopped to marvel at icons of the Great Ocean Road. I’ll let the photographs tell the stories.

Robin, Cathryn, and Jeannette, with the eroded limestone stacks of the Bay of Islands
Robin, Cathryn, and Jeannette, with the eroded limestone stacks of the Bay of Islands
Wind and water have carved the distinctive shape of the Grotto
Wind and water have carved the distinctive shape of the Grotto
London Bridge once was a bridge. When a great chunk of it collapsed, a tourist had to be helicoptered off the remaining structure
London Bridge once was a bridge. When a great chunk of it collapsed, a tourist had to be helicoptered off the remaining structure
Here Jeannette’s teasing Robin about his and David’s propensity for playing tour guide wherever they go. For their 67th birthday, she gave Robin a card she’d given David earlier. On the outside it shows a guy pointing to some promontory and saying something like, “This is a stickout”. Inside the message is approximately, “Another year older, another closer to making up a load of crap”.
Here Jeannette’s teasing Robin about his and David’s propensity for playing tour guide wherever they go. For their 67th birthday, she gave Robin a card she’d given David earlier. On the outside it shows a guy pointing to some promontory and saying something like, “This is a stickout”. Inside the message is approximately, “Another year older, another closer to making up a load of crap”.something like, “This is a stickout”. Inside the message is approximately, “Another year older, another closer to making up a load of crap”.
On June 1st, 1878, the Loch Ard sank near here. Of the 52 people who died, only four bodies were recovered. They were buried on the bluffs above, in caskets made from timbers from the wrecked ship. Two 18-year-olds, a man and a woman, were the only survivors.
On June 1st, 1878, the Loch Ard sank near here. Of the 52 people who died, only four bodies were recovered. They were buried on the bluffs above, in caskets made from timbers from the wrecked ship. Two 18-year-olds, a man and a woman, were the only survivors.
Razorback, in the foreground, is just one of the dramatic formations on the coastal side of the Loch Ard Gorge
Razorback, in the foreground, is just one of the dramatic formations on the coastal side of the Loch Ard Gorge
The Twelve Apostles are icons of the rugged coast along the Great Ocean Road
The Twelve Apostles are icons of the rugged coast along the Great Ocean Road
Just east of the Twelve Apostles, these waves continually carve new shapes along the coastline
Just east of the Twelve Apostles, these waves continually carve new shapes along the coastline
The on-site caravans of Bimbi Caravan Park offer comfortable beds, equipped kitchens, and a short walk to clean showers and toilets. Best of all, they are tucked in a gum forest that is home to koalas and brilliant birds
The on-site caravans of Bimbi Caravan Park offer comfortable beds, equipped kitchens, and a short walk to clean showers and toilets. Best of all, they are tucked in a gum forest that is home to koalas and brilliant birds
The on-site caravans of Bimbi Caravan Park offer comfortable beds, equipped kitchens, and a short walk to clean showers and toilets. Best of all, they are tucked in a gum forest that is home to koalas and brilliant birds
Jeannette in one of the on-site caravans
This kookaburra was dining on handouts from a couple staying in the caravan park. Like all members of the kingfisher family, this bird was cheeky and cocky.
This kookaburra was dining on handouts from a couple staying in the caravan park. Like all members of the kingfisher family, this bird was cheeky and cocky.
Koalas sleep nineteen hours of the day, the time it takes to digest the slightly narcotic gum leaves they feast on. This little guy was one of many napping in the trees of Bimbi Caravan Park.
Koalas sleep nineteen hours of the day, the time it takes to digest the slightly narcotic gum leaves they feast on. This little guy was one of many napping in the trees of Bimbi Caravan Park.
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