Our first stop on day one was at Bells Beach. This was a very different beach compared to what Erik and I saw back in February. On the day that I visited with my parents, the beach was packed with surfers. According to one of them, the swell was 3 meters (10 feet) at the face of some of the biggest waves.
|Mom and I were hoping that the joey would poke its head out!|
After leaving the kangaroos, we made a short stop at Split Point lighthouse and then stopped at the Great Ocean Road monument. Shortly after that, we stopped for lunch in Lorne, where we ate a filling lunch of fish and chips just a few steps away from the Southern Ocean.
We then made our way to Teddy's Lookout, which has beautiful views of the ocean and offers a glimpse of cars driving along the famous road below. After taking some pictures, we were back in the car (at this point I was feeling bad that we have a two door car because getting in and out is not an easy task and we were doing it often!) and off to our next stop, Grey River Road, for more koala spotting. We were again successful at finding several koalas. In addition, we saw our first "wild" kangaroo along this road, who was just having a meal when we wandered by him.
|How cute are they?!|
|This cockatoo was not happy with me taking his photo!|
Our final stop of the day was in Apollo Bay for rest, dinner, and sleep! It was super quiet in town and most things seemed to close at 5pm, though this was a weeknight in the spring and the population of the town is quite small, so I guess that is to be expected. We ended up not being very hungry for dinner after our massive lunch, so we tried a tapas place called "Chill" and we were pleasantly surprised with the food and the delicious sangria. The decor and feel of the place was very modern but also laid back, and I would definitely recommend checking it out if you spend some time in Apollo Bay.
720p from Ashley Hanson on Vimeo.
|Koalas seem to fall asleep in the funniest positions!|
|After we parked, we realized there was a koala right above our car.|
|These two were actually getting along well. Check out the video above to see the koala fight!|
|Yes, this picture is *almost* the same as above, but I cannot get enough of this joey!|
|Mom is checking up on baby...|
|...and then they rub noses. So sweet!|
|Don't you just want to take this thing home with you?!|
|Another mommy, holding her joey while sleeping. Note baby koala leg sticking out!!|
|Again, how cute are they?!|