No, we are suggesting that you don’t go to Perth. It is a nice city. Perhaps it has grown a lot bigger, busier, more crowded since we last set foot there. We like to think about it as – taking a break that includes being outside of Perth.
Because there are simply so many things to see and do outside of the city. You know that already. But a word of warning. Being situated on the western coast of West Australia state, the distances will be long and the journeys could be a little stifling especially in the summer heat. So choose the time of your visit carefully…
This post is a link to a reminisce of our journey taken many years back. And in some ways we think it is still relevant to share. Because it was made in the early innings of our travel “career” together. Hmm…travel career…sounds catchy doesn’t it? Some people work all their lives building one – you know, a career in some trade or business function. But we seem to have built one out of traveling!
And you would also know that in work life there are some experiences or things one did that led to recognition (promotions, bonus, raises etc). So what got us ‘promoted’ in our travel career? We think it was this journey that provided the big break in our career, of traveling that is.
What was your travel career enhancing journey?
No. The Koala did not fall asleep because of too much wine and cheese.
But Suan almost certainly did. As designated driver, Mel dutifully abstained from swigging too much drink and sipped accordingly. But for Suan it was open season…Time to get the shotguns out of the cupboard! This was how it felt like when we drove through the Bellarine onto the Mornington peninsula during this part (read here) of the short road trip outside of Melbourne.
While it may not be quite France as we had experienced, it was whole different way to enjoy our own little ‘wine tour’ in Australia.
One of the advantages of driving your own is that you can select and winery you wish to stop at. And keep going for as long as you can. Well someone’s gotta “sacrifice”, but hey that’s for the greater good ain’t it? Packaged wine tours on the other hand bring you to that handful of places they have arrangements with. While you might get a little more attention than walk-in customers, you certainly have no choice of where to go! Unless you book a private tour where you let the operator knows where you’d want to go…
But the best private wine tour operator has got to be Mel! Because he will drive Suan anywhere she wants, stop anywhere she desires and dutifully drive her safely home.
Does this motivate you to jump out and do your own “private” wine tour drive now?
Did you know that the Apostles of the Great Ocean road fame could have been named “the sow and her piglets”?? Yep. Interesting ways the Aussies come up with names of places. Would that have made the road less “great”? You tell us.
Yippee! We are now onto our Australian series.
Not quite the “The flying doctors” or “Home and away”…heheh, but six (yes 6) handprint stories about the traipsing we have made in the land down under. How do we know about these Aussie drama serials? Well, they did broadcast some of them here in the little red dot long ago. Or as we’d say it here, when policemen wore shorts (they really did – khakis in the 50s & 60s). Heheh, that makes us sound vintage…but we digress. By the way, it was our grandfathers who watched them and we, as children sneaked in for peek.
So back to the road.
Why is it that they call it the Great Ocean Road. Because for us it seems strange when it is mostly single lane all along its 243km (well quote Wiki). At least that was the impression when we first got on the B100, aka – the road. What can you see along this great road? What can you do? Will you find anything nice to eat?
Our little adventure (here) along this stretch of coastal road left us wishing to come back. Wouldn’t you?