The Grampians, Great Ocean Road, Ramsay Street

Left early on monday morning to start my 3 day tour. Headed out of the city and into the mountains. Stopped to do a 2km walk through the Wonderland Ranges to a small town called Halls Gap. Had lunch there and were serenaded by the worlds most annoying birds – the Mitchell Cockateel. Then went to the Baroka lookout to see views over the whole of the Grampians. Despite it not being a very clear day, you could see for miles. Drove to Zumstein where we then did a 3km walk to Mackenzie Falls, that ended with a walk of 268 steps to the top of the Falls. It was fine till the steps which then killed us! Went to the Jaws of Death, named because the rocks look like a set of jaws. Spent the evening on a farm in the middle of nowhere with a view of the Asses Ears Mountain.

Next morning, went on a 4km walk through the Pinnacles including a small canyon and some little crevices. Had lunch in Tower Bridge near the Great Ocean Road surrounded by koalas and emus, who were looking wantingly at our food. Reached the Shipwreck Coast end of the Great Ocean Road and saw the Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs and London Bridge – named because it looked like the one in London. Part of it actually did fall down in 1990! Watched the sun set from the Twelve Apostles. The coastline here is truly spectacular.

First stop yesterday was Loch Ard Gorge, location of a shipwreck of which only 2 people survived – an Australian man and an Irish girl who then went all the way back to Ireland a couple of days later! Went to the 12 Apostles again, for a daytime view and also got a 10 minute helicopter ride over them, Loch Ard Gorge to the West and Gibsons Steps to the East. Then drove to Gibsons steps and spent 15 minutes on the beach taking group photos! Stopped at the Otway Ranges for a short rainforest walk. Stopped at Apollo Bay for lunch then started on the Surf Coast part of the road. Stopped to get the view from a couple of lookouts before stoppiung at Bells Beach to watch the surfing. However, there was not much happening so we drove back to Melbourne.

Today, I went to Pin Oak Court, Vermont also known as Ramsay Street, Erinsborough. Got photos of all the houses and the street sign. The road is much smaller than it looks on tv. The filming was not starting there until the afternoon though. Drove past the studios and on to the school used as Erinsborough High. The whole moring was very cool!!! I spent the afternoon in the National Gallery of Victoria, an Art Museum but I definately preferred the mornings cultural experience!

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