Zenfolio | Bo Struye Photos | Monday 11-5: great ocean road
Today we took a long trip down the famous Great Ocean Road which goes about 300 km along the south coast of Australia, eastward from Melbourne. Three major highlights: first a stop at Bells Beach, site of the annual Rip Curl Bells Beach surf contest. Hallowed ground for anyone into surfing, this is also the site of Torquay, arguably the heart of the surfing industry in Australia. Tis is where Rip Curl, Billabong and Quiksilver aus are headquartered. Then further on, Winston knew a little road that winds up the hill and we got to see 4 wild koalas. This is really quite good since they are quite difficult to see in the wild. Three years ago we spent a whole day in a supposedly koala preserve and did not see a single one. Then we visited the Xxxx rain forest. Pretty impressive. Much to our surprise, it was raining when we were there. Btw, visiting a rainforest wearing flip flops -> dumb idea. It was a really long road and for a long time we did not think we would be able to make it to the crown jewel of the trip which is the "twelve apostles". A group of amazing rocky towers that stick out of the coast at the end of the road. But after a big push at the end, we finally did get there before sundown. And it was all worth it! It is a very impressive sight and we caught it just at the right time of the day.