Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Aussie Maria's Australia

Hi everyone

This one is a time warpy thing and we are heading way down south to the "The Great Ocean Road"
It was another one on our Bucket List that we were able to strike off.

I am taking you back to the year 2002
Which is when we made a round trip from the Central Coast of NSW, through Western NSW, North-East SA, down to the South and across to Victoria, then back through the Snowys and home - in 2 weeks.  Go, go, go.  Don't remember exact details now

The Great Ocean Road is a 243-kilometre (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Warrnambool. The road was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932, and is the world's largest war memorial; dedicated to casualties of World War I. It is an important tourist attraction in the region, which winds through varying terrain alongside the coast, and provides access to several prominent landmarks; including the nationally significant Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations - courtesy of Wikipedia link

Now unfortunately we did this road in reverse - transversing from South Australia through Victoria to Melbourne, which meant that all the fantastic views through your windscreen were unluckily in our rear-vision mirror!!!  But we did make a few stops

For everyone else this is the start of the road
For us it was the finish

The Twelve Apostles
which by the time we visited were down to about eight or nine
But the title stays ☺
As more are getting created by the ocean and wind
View is from a helicopter flight
And those clouds you see cut short the trip as it closed in very quickly

And you do know the nursery rhyme - London Bridge???

Well down here, part of it did fall down

and now it is called London Arch ☺

You can see a photo of "London Bridge before 1990" here. 

The arch closest to the shoreline collapsed unexpectedly on 15 January 1990, leaving two tourists stranded on the outer part: they were rescued by a helicopter. Fortunately nobody was injured in the event. Prior to the collapse, the arch was known as London Bridge because of its similarity to its namesake

These photos were taken by an SLR Camera
Which is still in my possesssion
Though unused
Digitals are so much cheaper than printing ALL the photos I now take ☺

Does anyone else have a "Bucket List" or a "One-Day List".
If so I would love to hear about some of them


  1. No, sadly I only have a daily "to do" list!! But it is a good idea may have to work on that one. Lovely post Maria, thank you for sharing.

  2. What a spectacular trip that must have been!

  3. Sounds like a trip we would love to do.. The Great Ocean road is a must do.. Thanks for sharing Maria :))

  4. I don't suppose you want to know this but that was the first place I was violently car-sick when I was 14, right there beside that left-hand post. I even remember the skirt I was wearing at the time. Lol.

  5. Of course, we have a "bucket list", but if I posted that it would go on and on and on... endless... we add to it almost daily around here. And them let's not even talk about the re-ordering. So love your story today and the pictures are perfect. What did we do before digital came along. I, for one, was in trouble.

    Keep dumping into that bucket,