Posted by: The Starfish Dancer | October 12, 2014

Adventures on the Other Side of the World #2

I actually was able to drag myself out of bed to catch the sunrise at the Twelve Apostles.

I actually was able to drag myself out of bed to catch the sunrise at the Twelve Apostles.

Well, another day has come and gone in Australia, and even though I’m tired once again, it is the tired one gets after a day well spent, not the false exhaustion of jet lag. I’ve been up since before sunset, since we are staying at the Clifton Lodges near the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, and Alexander and I decided we would catch the sunrise over that particular landmark. This meant getting up before six to pull on clothes, but was well worth it to watch the sun come up over the free standing rock formations that have been carved out by the strength of the ocean.

The apostles form when the water carves out jutting piece of cliff, then creates an arch underneath. The arch will collapse leaving a pillar standing against the waves, until it eventually too will crumble. It’s a process that takes ages, in the literal sense, and it is neat to see.

So many photos to choose from!  Here's me at a grotto  carved by the waves, which were quite spectacular in a violent, stormily wonderful way.

So many photos to choose from! Here’s me at a grotto carved by the waves, which were quite spectacular in a violent, stormily wonderful way.

After sunrise, we came back to the cabins to shower, then went to a little place called the Alcove Café where we had breakfast. I had avocado toast topped with poached eggs and tomatoes. It was very good, and the two cappuccinos I had with it were stellar. The sprinkle of cocoa on top just made them so much more delicious.

We spent the rest of the morning driving around the Great Ocean Road, stopping at scenic pullouts wherever we saw fit. We found a ton of beautiful coastal stops, like the Martyr’s Bay and all sorts of other gems. Our rental car is a hybrid, as Alexander was lucky enough to be upgraded, and it is definitely awesome. We’ve done a lot of driving and yet still have half a tank of gas. We will probably rent another when we head to Sydney, as the savings in gas make up for the extra cost. It also runs incredibly quietly – so quietly, in fact, that on more than one occasion Alexander has turned the car on and off thinking it wasn’t running when it was just purring so softly you can’t really tell it is on. We’ve decided to call it Klaus, after the vampire-werewolf hybrid on The Vampire Diaries, because why not?

A rainforest hike takes you to Triplet Falls.

A rainforest hike takes you to Triplet Falls.

After that, we walked to Triplet Falls, through the rainforest. It was good weather to do it, not too hot, with just enough sun peeking through the trees to give the forest that dappled glow. The falls were gorgeous too. We were hoping to catch a glimpse of a platypus, but sightings are rare and we weren’t quite that lucky today.

We also drove inland, and not just to see the cows that sprinkle the road. We decided to hit a little chocolatier called Gorge Chocolate, and then went on to a little cheese place called Apostle’s Whey, where we did the cheese tasting, then had a cheese platter with our favourites for a late lunch, sitting on the porch looking over the pasture. After that, we drove around looking for a little winery that was supposedly in the area, but we weren’t able to find the right road so ended up missing that

The day comes full circle as we end at the Twelve Apostles.

The day comes full circle as we end at the Twelve Apostles.

We had thought to end the day at the Twelve Apostles again, to watch the sunset over the rocks. We walked down Gibson’s Step to the beach to set up, only to realize the tide was coming in, and quickly, so we had to make our way back up to the top. There, it was incredibly windy and cold, despite my wearing jeans and a jacket, and the wind not only blew so strongly holding a camera steady was difficult, it was also pulling in the clouds, meaning photos weren’t really going to happen. Instead, we headed to Nico’s pizza to pick up take out. Alexander chose a pumpkin pizza, which was interesting, and since I’m in Australia, I ordered the Aussie pizza, which has a barbecue sauce base and was quite good. We made our way back to our overnight stay, where we ate our dinner and drank wine, and now I’m pretty much ready to hit the sack. I’m not sure if we’re going to do another sunrise tomorrow (it will depend on the weather), but I’ve definitely felt today was well spent. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

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  1. The nature seems to be that awesome over there. What a good decision to get up early to see the sunrise! Such a lovely picture 🙂


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