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The Great Ocean Road

The pictures tell most of the story...
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Ok, you get the idea, there are more in the photo gallery...

We've covered alot of ground this week but the road has been spectacular and mother nature extreme. We landed at a free camp in Johanna and the temperature reached 40 degrees. By the time we hit Killarney the wind pushed 35 knots and the temperature dropped to under 20 degrees! The surf along the Great Ocean Road is huge due to the continental shelf and there have been a few occasions a freshly waxed surfboard has stayed dry (other than a few tear drops)...

Port Campbell is the closest town to the 12 Apostles heading south. We spent a few days here which was enough time to chill, have a paddle and take the kayak for a spin...
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As we were leaving Port Campbell we met a spaniard who had been cycling from Darwin through central Australia. In the 6 months he had gone through 5 inner tubes and countless punctures. Johns (Juan) english was good enough to work out that he went through one more tube than planned and needed to get to a large town. We were happy to take him to Warnambool which was only 40kms away but meant the world to John. We stopped in at London Bridge on the way - you can see what a staple of rice and pasta and cycling 100 miles per day will do; John was lean when he started and he's lost another 8kgs!
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Time for a wildlife theme... Endangered plovers have been spotted on a few of the beaches which is pleasing to see. The first shot shows how well camouflaged they are amongst the seaweed. Can you see them?
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We have never seen so many finches and wrens, especially Blue wrens. I couldn't resist adding one for my Nan, her favorite bird :)
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We have learnt so much about traveling Australia in such a short period of time, thanks mostly to all the grey nomads who are willing to share their stories (whether you ask or not). We have really enjoyed their company.

We next hit the limestone coast bound for South Australia.

Posted by Jenandbrad 02:43 Archived in Australia Tagged vic

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Loving the updates and especially the photos.

by Max n Mossy

Hello Jen and Brad, Kevin the maintenance worker at the cottage speaking. Would you believe this! Juan the Spaniard cyclist you rescued, my wife and myself also came across him in Port Fairy and invited him to stay with us as he passed through Ocean Grove vic. We had the best time with him and he is now travelling up the coast to Sydney. How bazaar is that! hope you both well rgds Kevin.

by Kevin Lee

Hi Kevin, such a small world! He's a lovely bloke. We're planning to meet up with him once he reaches Sydney. Did the connection come up in conversation or did you see him on the blog?

by Jenandbrad

Awesome photos guys!! Just thought you would like to know that when I download & print each entry for Nan, I usually scale down the photos slightly to fit a few on each page, but for the last picture with the Blue Wren, of this update, I've left it full size! Nan will love it!! thanks guys

by Kim Baker

PS Has the competition begun yet cause I've already spotted the little car, upside down I might add, looking like its going for a spin on the Kayak??? Photo looks slightly Warhol???

by Kim Baker

Yes, I'm working on my artistic license... Next blog entry will be much harder to spot the Prado... Watch this space!

by Jenandbrad

VERY curious why the Prado has a kayak tied to it!? Or does the kayak have a Prado tied to it?! ;)
Love the pic and most certainly the beauty being captured as you're going along.
J E A L O U S !

by Tom Davie

Great Ocean Rd , Great Australian Bight, Great!
It looks like some more London Bridge has fallen down since the last time I was there
Glad to see you are enjoying yourselves

by PJ

BWB and Jen - all looks great and very good to hear about the work the cottage by the sea does.. The prado photo had us guessing for awhile - I was thinking new apple app but then I spotted the cake with the toy car... Keep the snaps going and the updates - it is keeping us entertained at the big Z

by Touchy

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