Gardiner Family

Gardiner Family




The Great Ocean Road Day 2.

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01-Bimbi Park
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02-Otway Lightstation
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03-Koala Alert
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04-Castle Cove
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05-Gibson Step
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06-Twelve Apostles
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07-Loch Ard Gorge
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08-Sparkes Gully
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09-Port Campbell
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10-The Arch
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11-London Bridge
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12-The Grotto
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13-Bay Of Martyrs
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14-Warrnambool
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15-Drive Home
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Bimbi Park.

Mon, 24. Sep. 2018
12:39

Location

Bimbi Park, 90 Manna Gum Dr, Cape Otway VIC 3233, Australia

Info

We drove the Great Ocean Road with all its road works and narrow barriers from Jan Juc to the Bimbi Park. You drive through the Great Otway National Park not long after leaving Marengo the next town after Apollo Bay. So, the drive through the forrest which is a Victorian rain forrest. It was a cool 8Β°c in the middle of the forrest and then back to 14Β°c at the Bimbi Park. The park is on spring water and has limited supplies. (Most of Victoria seems to be on permanent water restrictions). They have coins for the showers at $1 per 3 minutes. πŸ€”πŸšΏπŸšΏπŸšΏπŸ€” The park has electric push bike for hire, a rock climbing facility. Free fire pits although wood is $22 for a decent amount. Horse riding is also available. Taleah on Wednesday before we leave. πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„ They have chickens to feed our food scraps. At this stage feels like a nice place to stay. Very quiet actually. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— The only thing left is the shower test. Water pressure, shower head spray radius, room to dry without hitting the walls, soap holder, shower curtain, fluctuation water temperature but the more important things like the number of hanging hooks (4 doubles is ideal), if your things or shoes get wet from shower spray, has a shelf for stuff, the door latch works. 😁😁😁 There are many more little thing but the first seems to be the number of hooks then water.
GPS: -38.8327214, 143.5126819
Expenditure:
Accomation 114.00 AUD
Wood 22.00 AUD
Showers 10.00 AUD

Cape Otway Lightstation

Mon, 24. Sep. 2018
15:29

Location

Cape Otway VIC 3233, Australia

Info

A short drive south of Bimbi Park is a Lighthouse with a long interesting history. No longer manned or used, but it does have a guide during opening hours you can ask questions. βš“βš“βš“ A great view from up top. The area is also used for whale watching. 🐳🐳🐳 We did not see any whales, but we did see a Wallaby as we left. It was most photogenic for us. Didn't even flinch.
GPS: -38.8340286, 143.5240583
Expenditure:
Entry 54.00 AUD

Koala Alert!! 🐨🐨🐨🐨

Tue, 25. Sep. 2018
9:08

Location

Bimbi Park, 90 Manna Gum Dr, Cape Otway VIC 3233, Australia

Info

We saw our first koala in the wild. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— This ticks off another from the bucket list. That leaves a Wombat and an Echidna in the wild for this trip.
GPS: -38.8327214, 143.5126819

Castle Cove.

Tue, 25. Sep. 2018
9:48

Location

Castle Cove Lookout, 3222 Great Ocean Rd, Glenaire VIC 3238, Australia
GPS: -38.7820788, 143.42760049999998

Gibson Steps.

Tue, 25. Sep. 2018
10:44

Location

Gibson Steps, Port Campbell National Park, Great Ocean Rd, Port Campbell VIC 3269, Australia
GPS: -38.668694599999995, 143.11201880000002

12 Apostles.

Tue, 25. Sep. 2018
11:08

Location

Twelve Apostles, Princetown VIC 3269, Australia

Info

Only 8 of the 12 left standing now. Still an amazing sight and so do the many many tourists at this place. We are glad we are not on the peak season. πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„ Also, the parking is on the opposite of the road and you use a tunnel under the Great Ocean Road to cross the road.
GPS: -38.663353199999996, 143.104989

Point Addis.

Sun, 23. Sep. 2018
9:57

Location

Loch Ard Gorge, Great Ocean Road Port, Campbell VIC 3269, Australia
GPS: -38.6465896, 143.0705094

Sparkes Gully Lookout.

Tue, 25. Sep. 2018
14:23

Location

Sparkes Gully Lookout, Sparkes Gully Track, Port Campbell VIC 3269, Australia
GPS: -38.6302802, 143.03095489999998

Port Campbell.

Tue, 25. Sep. 2018
14:44

Location

Port Campbell Surf Lifesaving Club, 1 Cairns St, Port Campbell VIC 3269, Australia
GPS: -38.619349899999996, 142.9930554

The Arch.

Tue, 25. Sep. 2018
15:50

Location

The Arch, Great Ocean Rd, Port Campbell VIC 3269, Australia
GPS: -38.6237257, 142.94322409999998

London Arch.

Tue, 25. Sep. 2018
16:01

Location

London Arch, Great Ocean Rd, Peterborough VIC 3270, Australia
GPS: -38.622412700000005, 142.9318594

The Grotto.

Tue, 25. Sep. 2018
16:30

Location

The Grotto, Great Ocean Rd, Port Campbell VIC 3269, Australia
GPS: -38.618475, 142.9141199

Bay Of Martyrs.

Tue, 25. Sep. 2018
17:00

Location

Bay Of Martyrs, Nullawarre VIC 3268, Australia

Info

The light was getting very low and we are at the end of our sight seeing now. We may redo this sight when we get to Port Fairy and see the last section.
GPS: -38.5998699, 142.85964049999998

Warrnambool.

Tue, 25. Sep. 2018
17:57

Location

Mister Brightside Woodfired Pizza, 84 Banyan St, Warrnambool VIC 3280, Australia

Info

Not much fuel between Apollo Bay and Warrnambool. β›½β›½β›½ A quick calculation indicated that we might only have 100kms left in the tank by the time we went back to Bimbi and then arrived at Port Fairy. Touch and go and no margin for error so we headed for Warrnambool for fuel and food. πŸ•πŸ•πŸ•πŸ• Probably get back to camp late so its Woodfired Pizza in Warrnambool for tonight.
GPS: -38.379129299999995, 142.49029489999998
Expenditure:
Pizza & drink 61.00 AUD

Drive Back To Camp At Bimbi.

Tue, 25. Sep. 2018
20:45

Location

Bimbi Park, 90 Manna Gum Dr, Cape Otway VIC 3233, Australia

Info

A night time drive back to the caravan. This is one of the rare times we have been driving at night. This one with put the caravan and not with out excitement. Compared to the day time drive we hardly saw a car. We did however see a colony of bats fly over the car. πŸ¦‡πŸ¦‡πŸ¦‡ They showed up due to the numerous LED lights now attached to the car. 😁😁😁 Saw numerous kangaroos on the side of the road. As we drove through the Great Otway National along the road to Bimbi Park with startled an owl which took off in front the car. πŸ¦‰πŸ¦‰πŸ¦‰ That got everyone's attention and then not more than 50 metres further along the road was a koala crossing the road.It stopped and had a look and then moved off into the forrest. 🐨🐨🐨 Further along the road a small kangaroo stopped to look at us while we stopped to look it. Quote from Aidyn: "This is too much excitement for to handle" 😳😳😳 Well that was an exciting finish to yet another long day seeing sights and playing leap frog with bus loads of Japanese tourists.
GPS: -38.8327214, 143.5126819

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