Great Ocean Road: 19th November 2015
The Great Ocean Road has been described as ‘The biggest War Memorial in the world’. We stopped for a while at the wooden Commemorative Arch, near which there’s a bronze statue dedicated to the ‘Diggers’ who built the road. Part of the statue shows a bemedalled, military jacket draped over a rock. I though … did they really wear their medals to work, or was it purely symbolic, to leave the viewer in no doubt that these were ex-Servicemen?
The first town … and the lunch stop … was Lorne, a pretty but rather ordinary seaside town where, after a pie … everywhere we go in Australia, we must check the pies out! … and a cup of coffee, we wandered around. The highlight of the place was seeing a family trying not to share their picnic with a mob of sulphur-crested cockatoos.
We saw more cockatoos at Kennett River, where we dismounted, armed with a box of sunflower seeds. There were lots of colourful rosellas, too, which perched on just about everything they could find … including the humans feeding them. And, high in a gum tree was a koala, doing what koalas do best and oftenest. Sleeping.
On the way again, and the bus came to a sudden halt as Jeremy spotted a koala, just shambling unconcernedly along the roadside. (There’s a video of Jeremy carrying a koala to safety at https://www.facebook.com/Australian-Natural-Treasures-Touring-ANTT-521108997942563/?fref=ts . I wonder if it was the same one?)
We walked along the beach at Apollo Bay, where we were to spend the night. The name has nothing to do with Moon missions; the bay was named after a ship of that name took shelter from a storm there in 1845. The town of Krambrook was later established there, which was renamed Apollo Bay in 1898.