Month: January 2014

Melbourne street art: Blenders Laneway

Here are some pictures taken in the alley next to the Blender Studios in February 2013. The alley is still covered with lots of beautiful paintings, posters, graffiti, stickers, and even some installations. Here is nice temporary one. I assume the paintings change frequently over time with people trying to fill out the few remaining open spots on the walls. It would be great to come back anytime soon! Picture gallery

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Platypus scouting at Lake Elizabeth

The last stop on our road trip from the Grampians (Gariwerd) to the Great Ocean Road was a very special one. Since the failed platypus scouting in Gippsland, we still had some unfinished business and several travelers along the way told us, that the chances to spot a platypus (or two) would be at least realistic at Lake Elizabeth. The lake itself is fairly new – after heavy rain in 1952, a landslide blocked the East Barwon River and when the surprised folks living nearby went to discover why the water stopped flowing, they found a brand new lake. For

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Koalas at Kennett River

The dozen houses that make up Kennett River are located between Lorne and Apollo Bay along the Great Ocean Road. This is another sure spot to see a bunch of koalas, so quite a lot of people take a break here on the way to the Apostles. Right across the road of the Koala Cafe, there are a couple of gum trees with koalas doing what they can do best – eating and sleeping. There is also a good chance that parrots and rosellas are hanging out in the trees, waiting for snacks from the visitors. What’s special about this

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Triplet Falls walk

When we started the walk to the Triplet Falls in the Great Otway National Park, we were not expecting too much since it has not rained for a couple of weeks. Indeed, it took us some time to make out the three different streams of the falls. In the photo, the center fall is a bit hidden behind the trees. The walk itself is very pleasant and takes about 1 hour round trip. It has some steep parts which are a bit slippery when it is wet. As a nice extra, you will find a rusty logging boiler and an

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Camping at Blanket Bay

Going east on the Great Ocean Road, we spent a great night at the Blanket Bay campsite in the Great Otway NP. I tried staying there twice before, but there are only about 20 campsites and they were already full both times. This time we had more luck and it proved to be one of the best camping experiences on the trip. We arrived in the late afternoon, after spending a good time with koala watching along the Lighthouse Road. While we pitched the tent, a young koala was walking around the campsite and spent a couple of minutes on a

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Koalas at Lighthouse Rd

Going down the Lighthouse Road from the Great Ocean Road to Cape Otway provides many good spots to see some koalas up in the trees. I would say it is impossible to not see any koalas on this road. We ended up parking the car a couple of times to walk around and look out for them. They are usually quite high up in the trees, so pack some binoculars if you have them around. We were lucky to see a mother koala climbing in the tree with a young one. We also saw a hungry koala enjoying the eucalypt

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Twelve Apostles viewing platform

Here are some photos taken from the viewing platform next to the visitor center. We happened to pass this place twice about two weeks apart. Luckily, we had a sunny day and a cloudy one. Since it was summer, it was more enjoyable to hang out on the cloudy day. Especially the beautiful orange colors of the cliffs are more intense in the cloudy daylight. This spot must be the second most crowded place in Victoria after Melbourne downtown. Picture gallery

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Twelve Apostles at sunset

We pitched our tent in Port Campbell for the night and then headed out to the Twelve Apostles for the sunset. It’s a nice experience to go down to the beach at Gibson Steps since it makes you grasp the Apostles’ size much better than by looking at them from above. Also, there are far fewer people around than in the daytime, which makes the visit much more quiet. Here are some pictures from the stroll on the beach between the Gibson Steps and the viewing platform for the Apostles. Picture gallery

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