Day 28 – 28th April

It’s time to get up its 6 O’clock; it’s time to get up its 6 O’clock. That is what we woke to this morning and being the first words you hear as you wake from your slumber those words kept going through my head for an hour or so later “its 6 O’clock; it’s time to get up.”

Chris stuck his head out the door and said yep I can see stars, clouds too so let’s go for it. We quickly got dressed and jumped into the car and headed towards the 12 Apostles for some sunrise shots we hoped.

The cloud had closed in even more, but we set ourselves up in the gale force winds, no I am not kidding. They has have been an extreme weather warning out along this area to at least Warrnambool for winds up to 100km’s an hr today. So yes it was extremely windy, our tripods were not nice and stable but were moving in the wind, we had to keep the shutter speed up high, any long exposures were blurry shots and I had a few of them. I said to Chris when we got up why do we do this again, he said it’s because that’s what we do and I say why because we find it fun, he said yep after a while out in this awful weather he said to me why do we do this again. Only crazy keen photographers are nuts enough to find them self out trying to take sunrise photos when there is no sun in a gale force warning.

The-Apostles

After a while it became obvious the sun was not going to shine on the Apostles for quite some time and since we were freezing and we had to check out of the park and head to Warrnambool we decided to go back to the van. It turned out the morning was the best part of the day as the weather only got worst.

London-Bridge

A short distance out of Port Campbell before Peterborough is the Arch, The London Bridge or London Arch as the middle has collapsed. I know why it got that name the weather around here is more suited to London. A bit further is the Grotto, we did get out and take some quick photos at all these places and they look very bleak. The surf was like a washing machine, waves were crashing hard against the sandstone cliffs turning the water to foam, very rough seas and very hard to hold the camera still.

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After Peterborough was the Bay of Islands which under a blue sky and the sun shining would be amazing and we would have to say more interesting than the 12 Apostles and a lot less people, ok the weather may have kept the sensible ones inside but they are incredible. It was a very bleak scene today though.

Bay-of-Islands

We arrived in Warrnambool around lunch time, visited the local info centre got the info we needed booked into the Discovery Holiday Park for 2 nights cost $30.50 per night which is standard around here. Have to say the sites are nice, best we have had a nice concrete slab, grass on either side of the slab and room to park the Jack up next to it. On either side of the sites are trees and shrubs giving you privacy from the people next door.

After lunch we tracked down a mechanic to look at the Jack. The info centre had put us onto a guy that if he couldn’t help us he would know who could. Well cause the Jackaroo has gas a normal mechanic is not allowed to touch it, has to be someone who does gas installations, luckily Warrnambool is a big town so the guy was able to put us onto a gas installer, the Jackaroo is booked in tomorrow morning, luckily he is near the main street and lots of shops, goodie.

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Day 26 – 26th April

It was a cool night, but apparently not as cold as Port Campbell that got down to 5 degrees.

We left Johanna beach and made our way toward Port Campbell, stopping briefly at Princetown which is basically a 2 shop town. Does have a caravan park and a Camping Reserve down by the river, cost $15 for unpowered site. We had planned to stay here but the gas was running very low and we had to do a run into Port Campbell to get fuel so we thought we may as well just stay at Port Campbell.

Gibson-Steps

We stopped at Gibson’s steps on the way. Apparently a guy called Hugh Gibson carved some steps into the cliff to get down to his favourite fishing spot; don’t think the steps there now are the original ones. The coast line is amazing, rock stacks sticking up out of the surf, such rugged beauty of the cliffs and the steps would have been a major feat. It was great to be down on the beach below the cliffs instead of viewing them from the top.

Great-Ocean-Rd2 Chris-on-rockA short distance further on we also stopped at the Twelve Apostles Centre where there is a huge parking area, even with parking attendants. Don’t know if they are always there or just due to the end of a long weekend. They have plenty of parking for caravans, trailers and motorhomes. All that is there is parking, toilets and a kiosk. From here you walk 500m through a tunnel under the road to the viewing platforms for the Twelve Apostles. The place was very busy.

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Further on are Lock Ard Gorge, Razorback, Island Archway, Elephant Rock, Thunder Cave and the Blow Hole, which we didn’t stop at on the way to Port Campbell. All of these places including Gibson’s Steps and the Twelve Apostles are with 20km’s of Port Campbell.

We have booked into the Port Campbell Holiday Park, which is the only caravan park in town. It seems to be a nice park with plenty of grassy sites. The lady at check in was very friendly cost is $28 a night for a powered site; we have booked in for 2 at this stage. After setting up we went for a walk up the street, it is nice small town, there are 3 places that sell fish and chips, a pub, a supermarket come newsagent and post office and a couple of other shops, at least 2 servos in town.

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We got ourselves ready to go back to the 12 Apostles viewing area for some sunset shots, briefly stopping at the Loach Ard Gorge area. Ha what a joke the place was packed to the ridicules and this was just the car park. We thought forget it, again it may be cause it’s the end of a long weekend or it could be like that all the time, we will try again another night.

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We raced back to Loch Ard Gorge and took a few photos there but the sunset was a fizzer, so we just took some shots as the sky got dark and a wee bit cold.

We thought some nice hot fish and chips would be nice but a 6.30pm they were all closed. We planned to get up early and get some sunrise shots with hopefully not as many people at the 12 Apostles.

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