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Australia Cape Otway Apollo Bay Lorne

3 April 2021

The great traffic road

Along the Great Ocean Road between Cape Otway and Lorne

Today was all about huge crowds of people and traffic. I knew this, I was prepared for this. Lorne was far worse than I thought but everywhere else was OK.
There are lots of little places between Cape Otway and Lorne with beaches, rocks and views. I visited a few of them.

Some highlights along the way were seeing nude girls doing the instagram beach pose, a fire, and a chlorine spill.

The fire was in a rubbish bin and the chlorine spill apparently injured 15 people at the Apollo Bay swimming pool.

I had no actual plan, just decided to follow the brown signs and walk around wherever they lead me. This was a good plan.
Lorne however was not. This is where the rich folks go to be seen, there were over 9 million people there. The photos won't really explain how busy it was. You can however see many of the same boutique stores you see in Central Melbourne, in case you feel like driving a few hours to see them in another location at the beach. I bought some pointy leather shoes with steel bits on the tips and a summer scarf.

Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - I got up at dawn and walked along the lonely road. Here is a farm and the ocean. There were cows. I yelled at a few cows. Later in the day I saw a cow

I got up at dawn and walked along the lonely road. Here is a farm and the ocean. There were cows. I yelled at a few cows. Later in the day I saw a cow suck in mud in a creek, then later I saw a few more cows stuck in the same spot in the same creek. They never learn.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - My goal in walking along the road was to find the dead tree forest I passed on the way here. Here is a dead tree, the forest of dead trees was further

My goal in walking along the road was to find the dead tree forest I passed on the way here. Here is a dead tree, the forest of dead trees was further than I thought on foot, but I was determined.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - Behold, the dead tree forest, in attractive early morning light. Now for some more dead trees.

Behold, the dead tree forest, in attractive early morning light. Now for some more dead trees.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - I am not an arborist, but it is clear to me these trees have had their bark and foliage consumed by the flying tree snake. They are a real pest in thi

I am not an arborist, but it is clear to me these trees have had their bark and foliage consumed by the flying tree snake. They are a real pest in this area.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - Time to head back along the lonely road, before the lighthouse opens and its full of tour buses.

Time to head back along the lonely road, before the lighthouse opens and its full of tour buses.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - Next stop was a nearby rainforest. It is free, small, but really nice. Much cooler at the bottom than at street level. Very well maintained metallic g

Next stop was a nearby rainforest. It is free, small, but really nice. Much cooler at the bottom than at street level. Very well maintained metallic grid path.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - Some of the trees are very high. So high that I took a photo to show how high. There are signs explaining what the trees are.

Some of the trees are very high. So high that I took a photo to show how high. There are signs explaining what the trees are.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - Some areas are brown and ferny. Areas such as this one.

Some areas are brown and ferny. Areas such as this one.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - Here are some less brown more green variety of rainforest ferns.

Here are some less brown more green variety of rainforest ferns.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - Next stop was the town before Apollo bay, Marengo. It has beaches with rocks. So lets take photos of rocks.

Next stop was the town before Apollo bay, Marengo. It has beaches with rocks. So lets take photos of rocks.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - Never turn your back on the sea.

Never turn your back on the sea.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - Apollo bay is over there somewhere, you will see it soon.

Apollo bay is over there somewhere, you will see it soon.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - I turned my back on the sea to take this photo. Brave.

I turned my back on the sea to take this photo. Brave.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - In Apollo bay now, and it was not too busy yet pre lunch time. Here is a little local market.

In Apollo bay now, and it was not too busy yet pre lunch time. Here is a little local market.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - Street full of Chinese restaurants which due to COVID now have about, zero customers.

Street full of Chinese restaurants which due to COVID now have about, zero customers.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - Coffee time, eventually it was found at the lolly shop, staffed by some of the craziest looking people I ever saw. The coffee was ok though.

Coffee time, eventually it was found at the lolly shop, staffed by some of the craziest looking people I ever saw. The coffee was ok though.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - Here is the main beach at Apollo bay. I thought it was busy, busier beaches were to come later.

Here is the main beach at Apollo bay. I thought it was busy, busier beaches were to come later.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - The next stop was surprise of the day. A very hard to see brown sign said waterfall walking track. OK THEN. It said it would take 15 minutes to the to

The next stop was surprise of the day. A very hard to see brown sign said waterfall walking track. OK THEN. It said it would take 15 minutes to the top, this was false, it was no more than 10 minutes, but the views on the way up were excellent.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - More view. There was room for about 5 cars to park at the bottom. I feel this place is highly underrated.

More view. There was room for about 5 cars to park at the bottom. I feel this place is highly underrated.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - There is the surprisingly huge waterfall. I was impressed.

There is the surprisingly huge waterfall. I was impressed.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - Random view shot from Jamieson Creek (I think?).

Random view shot from Jamieson Creek (I think?).


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - Now for some shots of the badly over crowded Lorne. This one is not too bad cause up the road the country fire service had it blocked off due to a rub

Now for some shots of the badly over crowded Lorne. This one is not too bad cause up the road the country fire service had it blocked off due to a rubbish bin fire.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - Traffic just basically did not move at all. I turned around soon after and it took a long time to drive back out of Lorne.

Traffic just basically did not move at all. I turned around soon after and it took a long time to drive back out of Lorne.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - Lorne beach in one direction. Very busy.

Lorne beach in one direction. Very busy.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - And the other direction. I fled before I was arrested for operating a camera on a beach. I think thats illegal now unless you are a girl posing nude.

And the other direction. I fled before I was arrested for operating a camera on a beach. I think thats illegal now unless you are a girl posing nude. Then its ok as its your job.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - I dont even know where this was, but enjoy the view.

I dont even know where this was, but enjoy the view.


Australia-Cape Otway-Apollo Bay-Lorne - And the last photo of the day is photo of the day. I think this one is from Mount Defiance lookout. Theres hundreds of spots to stop and take view pho

And the last photo of the day is photo of the day. I think this one is from Mount Defiance lookout. Theres hundreds of spots to stop and take view photos. I showed some restraint.


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