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Adventures down under
15th Mar 2017
Apollo Bay to Melbourne

Great day for a drive today with clear skies and a warm wind - 24 degrees when we set off. This was the second half of the great ocean road and was more like what we had expected, driving along the coast with views of rolling surf, sandy beaches, rocky coves and blue sea. The strong wind was whipping spray off the top of the waves, the sun was reflecting off the sea and it looked beautiful. Stopped at Carisbrook Falls, which entailed an easy climb up a mountain path. Unfortunately the low rainfall meant that it didn't look spectacular - a bit disappointing really. We stopped at Lorne to admire the beach and the vast number of surfers there. There was a van and trailer from a surf school there - don't they learn anything else?  We stopped to have a look at Loutit Bay and Airey's Inlet as well as the Split Point lighthouse (34m high).  Had a great lunch at a cafe in Anglesey that was celebrating its first birthday. After Anglesey the rest of the journey to Melbourne was quite boring, being mostly the M1 motorway. We have quite a nice apartment on the Southbank, although nowhere near as huge as the one in Queenstown. We had to drop the hire car off and we took a walk back through the city, dropping in on Victoria Market on the way - it was being set up for the evening (Wednesday summer night market) and there were tantalising smells as the food stalls prepared for service. We had to get to the Apple Store before they closed as the charger for Judi's Mac burnt out yesterday, so we couldn't stay. It is pretty hot here, with a temperature of 33 degrees in the shade. In the evening we went to the Meat and Wine Co for dinner - you can guess what we had!  It was delicious and we highly recommend this place. Before we ate, we were treated to the gas brigades (fireballs) on the promenade outside the Crown Casino. These fireballs erupt from stone columns on the hour and are very impressive. It was very pleasant walking around at night in the 28 degree heat!  Rain is forecast for most of the day tomorrow, so it will be a little cooler. 

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Cape Patton lookout

Loutit Bay

Flinders Street Station


Melbourne apartment


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