The Great Ocean Road
It was a beautiful morning with patchy clouds as we headed southwest from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road (a 243 kilometer stretch of road along the coast of Australia). Knowing that our time was very limited and that we would need to drive all the way to Port Campbell before sundown, we planned on only stopping at Artillery Beach, Apollo Bay, and the Twelve Apostles.
Even with our "plan" in place, the scenic overlooks were just too tempting - we made a handful of five-minute stops in order to capture some quick memories along the way.
A few feet away, it looked as if alien creatures were emerging from the rock.
Breathing in deeply, you could smell the eucalypts mixed with the fresh salt air.
Loch Ard Gorge
After a short drive, we arrived at Lock Ard Gorge and quickly descended the stairway. The gorge was named after the Loch Ard ship which ran aground nearby in 1878 leaving only two survivors from the shipwreck.
Watching the clock, we decided that we had enough time to venture a bit farther west to see The Arch. By the time we reached it, the wind had picked up again, creating impressive waves that whipped the water into the air before crashing down.
The Remarkable Rocks are granite boulders have been shaped by wind, rain and water over the past 500 million years. The brilliant orange color is lichen growing on the rocks.
As we left the arch, and dove by Cape Du Couedic light station the sun broke through the clouds, making the landscape even more impressive.
A short walk along the cliffs at the Southern Ocean hotel revealed a magnificent vantage point to watch waves breaking.
After the sunset, we photographed the night sky before the Milky Way dipped below the horizon.
Rising early the next day for the sunrise was well worth the effort as the crisp air turned warm with a gentle sea breeze.
The early morning light completely changed the color of the ocean.
I was able to take some time, slow down, change to my macro lens and capture some of the flora and fauna along the coast.
Unique branches always catch my eye, and there were plenty of them to choose from, just steps away from the hotel.
We were fortunate to watch dolphins playing in the waves.
We made one last stop before lunch to see the New Zealand fur seals, and then, far too soon, were on our way home.