The Limestone Coast and the Great Ocean Road

Leaving Kangaroo Island: our rather funky motel and the farewell pelicans

As we left Kangaroo Island on Sunday a.m., we encountered a flock of pelicans strolling across the road – it struck us as such a remarkable sight, we stopped to take their picture.  They had no idea they were providing us such a nice send-off.

Once having accomplished the ferry crossing (Rougher than the trip out – I kept close company with the air-sick bags and kept my eyes straight ahead.), we began the coastal drive back to Sydney.  Called “one of the most scenic ocean drives in the world”, the Limestone Coast and the Great Ocean Road provided much to admire.

Memorable on the Limestone Coast:  Gerry saying several times that the outcrops weren’t limestone at all, rather “calcite-cemented sandstone” – I imagine the folks that named the coast were as clueless as me as to the difference  : ) .  In Australia’s Wellington, we crossed the country’s biggest river, the Murray, on a self-propelled ferry; at one time, most rivers had such transportation … we were delighted to experience a sort of throw-back to earlier days.

Murray River ferry in Wellington

That evening we stayed in Kingston, the home of Larry the Lobster.  We have been interested and often amazed at the come-ons each little town has created to attract tourists – Larry was one of the oddest:

Lobsters at dusk are rather spooky ...

We’d been told that one particular 27-km. stretch of the Great Ocean Road could take an entire day to transverse as you can stop every few hundred meters for another striking view, advice we found to be only too true.

Great Ocean Road memorial arch; GOR coastline view

This road was built from start to finish by over 3000 WWI Aussie veterans.  Not only did the work provide employment for the returning soldiers, but their comradeship begun as fellow-fighters during the war was further developed.  The road is a very fitting memorial.

The “London Bridge” site sobered us a bit as the signage told of a relatively recent (1990) cave-in, changing the bridge completely:

"London Bridge" landform before and after cave-in

A couple of tourists were stranded on the far side of the bridge after the cave-in and had to be evacuated by helicopter …. Cool!  We continued to stop and take short hikes to catch amazing views, one as remarkable as the other.

Great Ocean Road grotto and arch

Wave and wind action on sandstone makes for spectacular sculptures.

Driving from Apollo Bay to South Gundagai via Melbourne Wednesday took the entire day – we did take regular breaks, but I think our sight-seeing is about at its end.  Unique road-signs are still of interest to us both, however – here is one final collage for your viewing pleasure:

It's obviously clear which way to go, isn't it?

We leave Australia tomorrow around noon and will be in Grand Rapids after dinner on Thursday night … looking forward to seeing you all!

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2 Responses to The Limestone Coast and the Great Ocean Road

  1. Cheryl El-Sabagh says:

    You should do a book – it has been wonderful following your travels and unique style of writing. It is a travelogue! Thank you Janet & hubbie for giving such insight into a wonderful area of our world.

  2. Everett says:

    I thought I’d heard of Larry the lobster, but an image search on Google reminded me I was thinking of someone else…

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