The next stage of our road trip is from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell, a distance of 122kms, including the detour to Cape Otway Lighthouse. Leaving Apollo Bay after a relaxing couple of days, we set off (roof down) on a somewhat overcast Wednesday morning. Our final destination being Port Campbell.
Detoured into the Great Otway National Park to visit the historic Cape Otway Lighthouse.
Attached to the lighthouse is a telegraph station; no longer in use, but was pivotal in the early telegraphic transmissions between the UK and Australia. It also served as the mainland connection for the first undersea cable to Tasmania. At its peak, the telegraph station handled over 30 million telegrams per year.
The original maritime signal flags are still housed in the telegraph station. They were the only means of communicating with passing ships in their day.
Driving along the access road to the lighthouse with the canopy down gave us the opportunity to smell the eucalyptus trees, hear the bird song and immerse ourselves in the sheer natural beauty of the area. It also gave us a chance of seeing a koala sitting in one of the gum trees adjacent to the road.
Port Campbell and the Twelve Apostles
The cloud broke as we came back near the coast. By the time we arrived at The Twelve Apostles, it had turned into a beautiful, sunny day with very little wind. We walked across to the lookout to see the magnificence of this coastline.
We then decided to walk down to Gibson Steps giving us access to the beach. Sat on a rock to take in the moment, to enjoy the unique beauty of the whole vista.
Spent a couple of hours there, then moved onto Port Campbell to get some accommodation sorted. We eventually checked into the Waves Motel. Our generous, spacious room came complete with a spa, which was nice. We could see the bay from our balcony. Pretty much had it all.
Finished our day with a spa, a gourmet pizza from Nico’s Pizza and Pasta along with the obligatory glass of red. The drive from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell is the highlight of the Great Ocean Road trip. We had good weather, and that’s a bonus.
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