Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January 17th - The Great Ocean Road

Today we took a tour alongThe Great Ocean Road. This Australia National Heritage road runs 243 km along the south-east coast of Victoria between Torquay and Warrmambool along the Southern Ocean. The road was built by returning soldiers between 1919 and 1923 and is the world's largest war memorial. The road is home of the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations. There are actually only 10 Apostles but for attracting tourists 12 seemed better.
Along this breathtaking journey we went through an area where there are koalas in the wild-- yes I spotted a cute cuddly one in a tree but unfortunately did not get a picture. Wild life sightings to date 1 koala, two kangaroos (alive) no snakes, no sharks!
We also passed through a town called Lorne- had to take a picture.
This was the most breathtaking journey as you can see by the photos. When we reached the Twelve Apostles we took the optional helicopter tour over the area -- what a rush. Not only was this my first helicopter ride but the scenery was incredible - I will let the pictures speak for themselves. I used some of the adventure money from my retirement gift to pay for this adventure. Thanks everyone this was another tick off my bucket list.

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