Asphalt Safari - Great Ocean Road - Victoria Australia

We spent the night at Heytesbury Ridge, a winery and 2-room Bed and Breakfast.  

The view from the property was outstanding.
We walked out to this old red shed (and seasonal tasting room) to settle our bill for the night.  
Dot and David's dog followed us out from the house.
The old fella needed to lie down after all the effort!
After a lovely evening and filling breakfast, we continued on our way to the origin of the Great Ocean Road.  We passed through through a gate guarded by a gargoyle as we left Heytesbury Ridge.
The Great Ocean Road featured a number of scenic stops with intricate limestone shaped over the years by the forces of the sea.
We walked along a weather-worn boardwalk to The Grotto.
A strong storm had passed through the night before so the ocean put on quite a show!
Parked near the Grotto we saw this awesome Wicked Camper featuring Ozzy Osbourne.
We stopped at Loch Ard Gorge where a fateful shipwreck killed everyone on board just feet from shore.  Only a few bodies were recovered when they were washed into the Blowhole (see picture below).
The Twelve Apostles are probably the most famous rock formation in the area.
We entered the area with a bit of trepidation when we saw this sign that said "Please keep to the footpaths.  Snakes are in the area.  Do not touch.  Please keep your distance." Fortunately, we managed to get in and out without any reptilian encounters.
Because of the previous day's storm, the surf was unusually frothy.  Each time a wave swept into shore, it left behind a large amount of foam.
The views along the Great Ocean Road were spectacular and definitely rival the scenery along the Pacific Coast Highway in the US.
Dot and David from Heytesbury Ridge suggested that we take a short detour onto the Turton Track to see a stretch of untouched rainforest.  We were a little apprehensive when we saw the narrowness of the road and warnings to look out for logging trucks.  I couldn't imagine a truck fitting on that road at all.  Fortunately, we didn't encounter any traffic along the entire stretch of road.

 The scenery was amazing but very isolated and a bit disconcerting.  Without any signage or other cars, it was easy to second guess whether we were going the right way.  Fortunately, we emerged after about 45 minutes under these conditions back onto the main road.  Hooray!
Outside of Lorne, we read about a stretch of road known for wild koala populations.  After driving down a very narrow and muddy road, we stopped and looked around.  Koalas definitely blend into their surroundings and are not easy to spot.  Fortunately, with the help of some locals, we narrowed in on a particular tree and with binoculars I was able to spot a koala hanging from a high branch!

These bright red birds were much easier to spot!
We arrived in Lorne, our destination for the night, and this van reflected our mood.  We were definitely overjoyed that our long drive was nearing an end.
We had a delicious fish supper at The Pier Seafood Restaurant.
The view from our room in the Grand Pacific Hotel was simply spectacular!
We drove into Lorne the next morning for coffee and breakfast.  Once again, cockatoos were on the scene squawking furiously.
I saw this neat one-eyed, bowler-capped wooden sculpture near the Split Point Lighthouse to wish us well on our remaining journey to Melbourne.

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