Great Ocean Road - Part 1
We are officially crazy
We chose to do the Great Ocean Road in winter.
Yes winter in Victoria.
What were we thinking?
Well, we started our trip by staying at a lovely Caravan Park in Anglesea. They had a great winter special that we could take advantage of – which included two free 25 minute spa sessions.
Before you ask – NO, they were not relaxing, we had two kids in the spa with us, and all they want to do was talk, splash and play. It was nice and warm, and we did convince the kids that the outdoor pool was heated. Yep, you guessed it, they jumped out of the spa and into a freezing, cold swimming pool. Being kids, they didn’t even dip a toe in first, nope, they just jumped right on in. They could not return to the warmth of the spa quick enough.
We explored the beginning of the Great Ocean Road, driving back to Torquay, visiting Bells Beach and The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie (there will be a separate post about this) along the way.
We walked down onto Bells Beach, and Mia had fun doing handstands and cartwheels on
the beach. I guess if you cannot surf, and you are not allowed to swim (it was way tooooo cold), then the next best thing is do gymnastics.
We had our lunch, while enjoying the scenic view of Bells Beach and those brave souls out there having a surf. Definitely a place to visit, even if you are not going for a surf.
We explored Torquey - well mainly the large number of surf shops that happened to be gathered in the one location. Mia found herself a new pair of swimmers and a pretty, big girl beanie. Don’t try and make sense of those purchases, we gave up trying to figure out her thought process years ago.
We explored as far as Lorne, taking in Split Point light house and the Great Ocean Road Arch.
Split Point Light house and the light House keepers house was the subject of a Television Series called “Round the Twist”, which was based on the books by Paul Jennings. This was filmed about 15 years ago – but nothing has changed.
We did the light house tour and the kids learnt about why the light house flashes red (danger) towards parts of the ocean and white (safe) towards other parts. We also learnt that the light house has its own unique code of four flashes every 10 seconds. The most surprising fact though is, even with all our modern technology and satellite systems, light houses like Split Point are still vitally important for ocean navigation. These light houses are not going out of commission any time soon.
The stunning Great Ocean Road Arch was built as memorial to the men who fought for our freedom in world war 1. The Great Ocean road was built by returned service men after world war one, and I felt that not only did that give these brave men something to occupy their minds and bodies, but it also allowed them to commemorate their lost mates in a unique and memorable way.
The best news is that, while the second arch was burnt down during the Ash Wednesday fires in 1983, the locals saved the sign that the men who built the road made way back in 1911. The second arch was built to replace the first one when the wood started to rot and the arch became a danger.
Many say that the Great Ocean Road is about the views, and the views were amazing. We went to look outs and did an amazing walk along the beach at Anglesea when the tide was
low. This walk was a great way to not only talk about erosion, but to also show it in its natural magnificent form.