The Road Ahead : August 1st 2012
DEPARTURE NATIONAL TRAVEL QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 33 AUG/SEP 2012 THE ROAD AHEAD ... we arrived at the famous 12 Apostles to see the rugged splendour of the huge rock stacks ... childhood as popular 90's children's television series Round the Twist was filmed here. Further along the road, our stomachs began to rumble as we pulled into Lorne, and amidst the row of boutique gift stores and cafes we stumbled upon The Bottle Of Milk, a small burger joint with a big following. For as little as $8.50 you can score a delicious burger bulging with every imaginable filling (including local beef, freshly-baked buns and condiments made in-house) and we laughed while selecting from such menu offerings as Italian Stallion, Cold Shower, Mad Cow and Magic Mushroom. Children will love to bounce around the popular trampoline park across the road. Driving into nearby Apollo Bay, we noticed a throng of cars parked haphazardly along the roadside. Casting our eyes across the water we soon realised what drivers were awestruck by -- a pod of whales frolicking in the bay. Apollo Bay is close to Great Otway National Park, home to one of Australia's oldest continually-operating lighthouses and plenty of inquisitive cattle, who wander along the roadside. Climbing the winding staircase to the top of the 91m Cape Otway lighthouse, perched on the edge of towering sea cliffs, is hard work. But it's worth it for the breathtaking views and to hear the friendly guide recount tales of past lighthouse keepers while pointing out resident koalas in surrounding trees. We were surprised to learn that the western coast of Victoria has claimed more shipwrecks than any other stretch of Australian coastline, but it was understandable when further along the Great Ocean Road we arrived at the famous 12 Apostles to see the rugged splendour of the huge rock stacks -- carved out of the headland by fierce waves -- rising majestically from the Southern Ocean. As luck would have it we arrived at this popular tourist spot just minutes before sunset and were treated to a spectacular lightshow as blazes of pink and orange stretched across the darkening sky. 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