Great Ocean Road and South Australia Wrap Up

The scope of this portion of the trip evolved greatly over the course of planning for the trip.  At first, it was nothing…maybe a day trip on the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne.  Then it was drive the Great Ocean Road in a day to Adelaide and do day trips from there to Kangaroo Island and the Barossa Valley.  It didn’t take me too long to figure out that was a horrible idea.

The final itinerary ended up at 7 nights, and I’m glad it did.  This was one of my favorite portions of the trip (especially South Australia).  Alyce really liked it too, though it may have lost a point or two in her book for being more rustic.


The Great Ocean Road (“GOR”) is a 150 mile coastal highway commissioned by Australia to put soldiers returning from World War I to work.  It is also the world’s largest war memorial, being dedicated to soldiers that passed in WWI.

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A Goanna in the House……that’s it, I’m done with nature!

Yesterday, we slept in a little bit then decided to head to the main national park of Kangaroo Island, Flinders Chase National Park.  We saw several of the sights such as: the Lighthouse, Seal Bay, Admiral’s Arch, and the Remarkable Rocks.  We really enjoyed all the walks and took some beautiful pictures.


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Kangaroo Island and Dinner with the Wallabies!

Well, we FINALLY made it to Kangaroo Island after a really long day of traveling yesterday.  It was a 5 hour drive from Coonawarra (Thank God for the iPad and TV shows) to the ferry.  The ferry was about an hour, then it was another 2 hour drive to reach our vacation rental.  But we made it!  We left around 9 am and got here around 6:30pm.

Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island (after Tasmania and Melville).  It is located South West of Adelaide.  Because of its remote location, there is much more wildlife and unspoiled scenery than there is in some of the bigger areas of Australia.

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