Great Ocean Road Last Day/Port Campbell to Melbourne

March 30, 2015 11:17 AM | Anonymous member

We began our journey at 6:30 a.m. for the final day on The Great Ocean Road.  First stopped at Maits Rest for a walk on the Rainforest Boardwalk where we saw tall fern trees, some hundreds of years old.  Next stopped at the Kennett River Car Park where our guide, Flick, gave some of us sunflower seeds to attract birds to eat out of our hands.  Soon a Lorakeet landed on her hand, then a King Parrot landed in the hands of P.J., Sheila and me!  Also saw some koalas in the trees.  We didn't want to leave, but had to get on our way.  Had a brief photo stop at The Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch to honor the WWI returned soldiers who virtually carved their way through the mountains with picks and shovels to create this road.  Road construction delayed us a bit for the final stretch to Melbourne which caused a bit of angst for 12 of us who were scheduled for  the Little Penguin tour on Phillip Island leaving at 3:00 p.m.  We made it with minutes to spare and had a great time seeing the world's smallest penguins make their way to shore to return to their burrows.  Our bus driver first toured the island where we saw numerous swamp wallabies and Cape Barren geese.  He also clued us on the following terms:  garbo = garbage men; servo = service station; ambo = ambulance; brekki = breakfast; McDonalds = Macker (so, brekki at Macker = breakfast at McDonalds) and eski = Eskimo cooler.  Great memories of great beaches along beautiful blue water and, of course, the gorgeous birds. 

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