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Great Ocean Road

Victoria

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In between Adelaide and Melbourne is the Great Ocean Road. Long stretches of beaches and limestone cliffs on one side, contrast with the very English looking green forested areas on the other side.

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Although the weather was cold, wet and windy when we were there, it still had some pretty stunning views.

We started from Port Campbell National Park, the most photographed stretch of the road due to the limestone rock stacks, gorges, arches and blowholes. Loads of stops along this part of the road but the highlights have to be The Twelve Apostles. These are seven rock stacks abandoned to the ocean by the eroding mainland. No-one is too sure what happened to the other five- or if there ever were five others. Also the Arch and London Bridge were worth a stop. Apparently it used to be one rock platform linked to the mainland, but in 1990 it collapsed, stranding two tourists who were later rescued by helicopter.

The Twelve Apostles
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Thunder Cave
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Twins
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Archway
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London Bridge
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Bay Of Islands
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Otway National Park has relatively untouched rainforests which is what attracted us to do the Maits Rest Rainforest Boardwalk, a 20min walk through a rain-forest gully which was pretty amazing.

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We planned to make it all the way to Melbourne in one day but after everything, we ended up treating ourselves. We spent the night in a sea-side cottage in Apollo Bay. Primarily a fishing village but popular with Melbourne weekenders due to the beaches and rolling green hills.

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Our little cottage for the night
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Onto Melbourne.

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Adelaide

South Australia

Short section on Adelaide as we only stayed a couple of days and didnt take any pics.

While England was enjoying 30 plus degree weather, we were freezing our bits off with 5 degree heat outside. Sods law i suppose. This is part of the reason we didnt stay too long and are trying to head further north asap.

Adelaide was quite cool though, same as any other city in Oz i suppose, clean streets, friendly people and enough coffee shops to shake a stick at.

Nightlife was especially good, to which Servane and myself soon found out.

Onto Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road.

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Nullabor

Western/South Australia

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They werent joking when they said that people dont appreciate the scale of Australia. We have been constantly driving, every waking hour for the past 4 days. Covering 3000km and only three quarters of the way across. We crossed the Nullabor plain, which actually means no trees. Not only are there no trees theres not a lot of anything at all. We pass through small isolated 'towns' that all look the same and sleep on the side of the road. The most exciting part of the trip was getting to the 165km straight road which goes to show how bored we actually were.

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We finally arrive in Adelaide and check into a hostel straight away

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Fremantle

Perth

About 15 miles south of Perth, Fremantle was one of the first places they brought the convicts when they first arrived in Australia. Loads of markets aswell it has a bit of character and still looks old and authentic.

The Round House, one of the first real prisons in Oz.
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On the way we visited the Stromatolites. The oldest living organisms on and earth and can only be be found in two places around the globe.

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Thousands of tiny shells make up the blocks they used to use to build houses

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Apparently the foam is caused by them 'breathing'

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Perth

South Western Oz

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We werent sure what to expect from Perth but it turned out to be a really good place and definately the best city weve come across in Oz.

After spending so long in the van we thought we'd treat ourselves by getting a room at a hostel, might not sound like much but to us it was pushing the boat out.

Didnt do too much in Perth, we went out on a couple of occasions as the nightlife was pretty good. We managed to do the Swan Valley also which is one of the main wine producing regions of Australia. We did the wine conaisseur thing for the day and went round a selection of the wineries, tasting many different wines and ports, one bottle we tried was $95. Also visiting a chocolate factory, not quite Willy Wonkas but ok nonetheless.

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Apparently the largest musical instrument in the world called the Swan Bells.
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More pics of dolphins we werent able to put on last time

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