Grampians & Great Ocean Road

The weekend after the last lecture week (28  – 31 October), I went on a trip with my friends from university.

On Friday, the roadtrip with two cars and one campervan started (a third car with other friends arrived on Saturday). After three hours drive we arrived at the hostel and enjoyed the afternoon (+sunset) in the Grampians. The next day, we did the “Pinnacles Walk”, which was a pretty nice way to walk (nice views over the Grampians, walking in between the rocks, finding little waterfalls and finally having a great view on the top). Afterwards we drove to the Mackenzie Falls, where we had to do a little hike as well. This was the perfect location to relax and snack some food after the exhausting hikes in the sun. Especially the rainbow in the waterfall was amazing. In the evening, we went to the Balconies lookout to see the sunset.

On Sunday, we started to drive to the Great Ocean Road. The weather this day was changing like every 15 minutes between rain and sun. After having been to some lookouts and a cheese world, we arrived in another hostel in Port Campbell. In the evening, we wanted to go to the Twelve Apostels to see the sunset (one of the most famous picture of the Great Ocean Road = Twelve Apostels at sunset). Thanks to the changing weather it was kind of a 50- 50 chance to see it. Of course, we had bad luck and it started to rain and was so windy we took some pictures and ran back to the cars haha. Fortunately, the weather Monday morning was better and we could go to the Twelve Apostels again (this time with sunlight!). After visiting a few more spots along the Great Ocean Road ( Bay of Islands, The Grotto, Loch Ard Gorge ..), we walked to a beach and had a short break there. In the afternoon, we went to Apollo Bay for having Fish & Chips and Icecream at the beach.  Afterwards, we went to Kennet River to see some wildlife Koalas relaxing in the trees (Koalas sleep for up to 22 hours a day – therefore most of the Koalas we saw were sleeping :D). The next stop was the Erskine Falls near Lorne, which is a 30 metre long waterfall. We enjoyed the sunset at a beach in Lorne, drove to the Split Point Lighthouse and then back  to Melbourne at night.

I really enjoyed this weekend and it was the perfect relaxation before the exam period started.

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