Visiting Apollo Bay & The Great Ocean Rd: Part 1

Our Visit to Apollo Bay and The Great Ocean coincided with my Run Forrest Run.

Having not been to Apollo Bay since the 90’s, and never having done Run Forrest before, it seemed fitting that we make use of the long weekend away.

The start to this adventure however wasn’t without it’s hiccups.

It all started the Monday before leaving when Tom was admitted into hospital for an appendicitis.

He was back home by the Wednesday less his appendix but was sore, tired and miserable.

With the kids having the Friday off thanks to an extra curriculum day, we drove down to Apollo Bay via Beaufort, Skipton and Colac. Skipton-VicTo break up our trip we decided to do some geocaches along the way.

Our first geocache pit stop was in Skipton, where we claimed 2 caches.

We stopped for lunch is a cute little town called Cressy.  It really is a blink and you miss it town, but it is well worth a stop.

The other reason we stopped was of course a geocache. Cressy-VictoriaThe cache was cleverly hidden, and I only discovered it because I came from behind.

With a population of only 122 people Cressy certainly are quite a creative town.  “Big Bird” is just a magnificent work of art.  In this little block of land there were other creative sculptures in peoples gardens.

The donkey and mule in a neighbouring property were also quite the character.

With food in our bellies we continued out travels.

The weather would be on our side only until Colac, then the heaven’s opened as we approached the Great Otway National Park.

We made a brief stop to Triplet Falls.

Yes it was raining, but we weren’t the only crazies out there in the rain. We encountered two other groups on the loop walk.

Sure if we had ideal conditions we would have done the full loop course. Which would have taken us about an hour at a leisurely pace.

With the rain however we powered out an there and back (then end of the loop) in about 20 minutes.

We may never get another opportunity to do Triplet falls, so sometimes you just have to brave it out and just do it.

eggs-&-potatoesIt was then a slow and windy drive through the Beech Forest.

Along the way we stopped at a roadside farm and picked up a dozen eggs and a 5kg bag potatoes all for $11.

You can not get any more organic, free range or open range like that.

Nothing like supporting local farmers when you can.

The fresh eggs were decedent, and the potatoes, wow! The best potatoes I have tasted, and I love potatoes.

We arrived in Apollo Bay at about 5pm, checked into our apartment, and then went to the grocery store to collect a few items for our weekend of adventure on The Great Ocean Road!


Stay turned Part 2 coming soon!