Trip Report: Australia (part 14) Great Ocean Road Excursion

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Introduction
British Airways First Class Lounge O’Hare
Cathay Pacific First Class ORD-HKG
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui
Cathay Pacific’s The Wing First Class Lounge HKG
Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class HKG-KUL
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Around Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge KUL
Malaysia Airlines Business Class KUL-MEL
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne
Australia Open Day One (2nd round of tourney)
Around Melbourne
Great Ocean Road Excursion
Australian Open Day Two (4th round of tourney)
Park Hyatt Sydney
Sydney Opera House Tour
Bondi Beach
Qantas Domestic Business Lounge SYD
Qantas Domestic Business Class SYD-BNE
Qantas Business Class BNE-LAX
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Great Ocean Road Excursion

I booked our Great Ocean Road tour through bunyiptours.com.  The total for two tickets was $161.58 per my credit card bill or around $80 per person depending on the strength of the US dollar vs AU dollar.

One of the major things that attracted me to this tour is they will pick you up at your hotel and drop you off at your hotel. We were picked up just before 8am and were the third stop so we had plenty of seats to chose from.  Our vehicle was a big van with one row of seating on the left side and two rows of seating on the right side.  The left side has the better view however its an individual seat.  Our van was indeed full which meant 16 people if I recall.  The seats were fairly comfortable but there was not very much legroom if your tall like myself.  I took a seat on the isle and my wife the seat by the window this allowed me to keep my left leg out in the isle for some much needed legroom.

Our guide was great (although I have forgotten her name) and she was timely energetic and enthusiastic without being annoying.  She was happy to explain the trip and all the details of the day.  She was also happy to take pictures of people if they like.  This tour is an all day affair from around 8am to 8pm.  So after picking everyone up we drove west about an hour and made our first stop in Anglesea.  While in Angelsea it was advised to use the restrooms at the petrol station and our guide set up a snack of tea/coffee and biscuits (which are simply cookies). This was about a 20-25 minute stop before another hour drive out even further west.

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Anglesea Vistor Center

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Some of the homes on the hills with views of the beach

We proceeded to cruise down the surf coast of southern Australia.  We stopped at a beach right before the official start of the Great Ocean Road.

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Pathway to the beach
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Great Ocean Road entrance

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Great Ocean Road plaque

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My wife

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Wife and I at the start of the Great Ocean Road

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Amazing Australian coast

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Stunning photo here-panorama of the beach

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Great ocean views from these homes

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Lighthouse in the distance

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My wife on the beach

After our stop at the beach we drove a bit further up the road to one of our guides favorite view points up on the mountain side.
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After some more driving we stopped for a bathroom break and to take a look at the koala bears in the trees.  There were 2-3 koala bears sleeping in the trees. They are very lazy during the day and barley move.  There were also some parrots flying around. Our guide gave us some seeds/bird food to see if the parrots would come down so we could feed them. My wife and I passed on taking any bird feed however.

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good place for a snack

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Two rather large birds hanging out at the Kafe Koala

Our next stop was to be Cape Otway and the Otway lighthouse where we would be having our lunch.  Lunch is included in the cost of the tour.  The meal consisted of pasta, salad and sausage.  They call this a BBQ lunch.  I found the food decent.  My wife and another lady that ate at our table were not huge fans of the sausage but I thought it fine.  You can eat outside at picnic tables or inside there are some tables.  There is also a cafe inside at our lunch stop which sells more variety of food and some desserts and some beer!  I couldn’t pass up dessert and beer. So my wife and I split some lemon cake and I had a local summer ale.

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Lunch line

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My plate-sausage, salad, pasta and bread

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Not complimentary-dessert and beer

After lunch we checked out the lighthouse.  The stairs wind around the interior of the lighthouse and are small and tight.  Once your almost at the top you have to just about climb a ladder to get to the top floor.  Once on the top there is a gentleman that will tell you about the history of the light house and explain some of the details of the lighthouse.  It is very small and tight up there and once you get outside on the balcony its very tight and somewhat scary if you don’t like heights.  However the views were stellar!

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Time to check out the lighthouse

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Otway lighthouse

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Views from the lighthouse

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Views from the lighthouse

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My wife on the lighthouse balcony

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Lovely Australian coastline

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Panorama from the lighthouse of the coast

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My wife and I on the Otway lighthouse balcony

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View below

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View back towards where we ate lunch and the cafe

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One last look at the lighthouse before leaving

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Here was our van for the day

After lunch we drove through some forests in which the koala bears had ate so much of the tree bark the trees were dying so they had to move some of the population of koala to other areas.  Once through the forests it wasn’t long till we were back by the coastline where we stopped at Gibson’s steps to check out the beach.

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More lovely Australian coastline

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More Australian coastline

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The steps down

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Then we took a quick stop over to Loch Ard Gorge which is very close to the 12 apostles.

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Loch Ard Gorge

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My wife at Loch Ard Gorge

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Me at Loch Ard Gorge

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We then moved right down the road to the world famous Twelve Apostles!  There have never been 12 actual rocks and we were told it was a marketing ploy.  A few have fallen down over the past several years as well.

 

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Twelve Apostles sign

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My wife and I

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Twelve Apostles

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Twelve Apostles

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Me at the Twelve Apostles

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My wife and I at the Twelve Apostles

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The Twelve Apostles

In summary I must say I thought this trip with Bunyip Tours is a good value for $80 per person.  A full days excursion with lunch provided is very reasonable in my eyes.  We had a nice time and it was a great way to see The Great Ocean Road!  Let me know if you have any questions.

 

-pointspinnacle


 

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