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Australia Colac Cape Otway Driving

2 April 2021

Inland towns and a bird sanctuary

Driving from Melbourne to Cape Otway via Colac on the M1 highway

OK. Normally when I go on trips within Australia they do not appear here. COVID has forced a change in that.
I thought it best to add this small 4 day trip over Easter to the main part of the site to ensure google does not forget me, and I do not forget how to use my own website. I am not sure which of those is a bigger problem to solve yet.

So now I am at a place called Cape Otway. It is on or just off to be precise, the Great Ocean Road, familiar to all Australians, but for those not Australian, it is about 3 hours west of Melbourne.
Cape Otway is just about the southern most point of Victoria but not quite, I thought it was but I checked. It is often the coldest place in the state, but not today, today it is 30 degrees (metric system).

The Great Ocean Road was built to keep unemployed returned soldiers entertained. It is usually very popular with foreign tourists, the smarter ones take a bus tour, the foolish try and drive, and plummet into the ocean or drive on the wrong side of the road (as we do here) and kill an oncoming family.
To limit the likelihood of that occurring, I drove the inland route, via Winchelsea and Colac. Therefore, the pics below (from my new camera) are of inland towns, with just a taste of Cape Otway at the end. I think theres lots of things to take photos of here though, so there will be more photos to come.
That is assuming the internet works well enough to make that occur. Where I am is so remote theres no tv signal and patchy phone coverage.

Bonus afterthought, speaking of stupid driving antics, as I was arriving at Cape Otway there was a 4WD SUV thing with a soft top, with people standing on the front passenger seat with their heads above the roof as the car was driving along erratically. I prayed for it to flip, my prayers were unanswered.

Australia-Colac-Cape Otway-Driving - What an unremarkable first picture. This is under an 'historic' bridge in Winchelsea. It shows the Barwon river. Everything near here is named Barwon,

What an unremarkable first picture. This is under an 'historic' bridge in Winchelsea. It shows the Barwon river. Everything near here is named Barwon, including peoples heads.


Australia-Colac-Cape Otway-Driving - A better view of the historic bridge. I could really feel a sense of history, majesty, enormity of the occasion while standing here watching a guy emp

A better view of the historic bridge. I could really feel a sense of history, majesty, enormity of the occasion while standing here watching a guy empty the shit bin from his caravan into a drain.


Australia-Colac-Cape Otway-Driving - Peak Australiana. Cocky's were flying at terrifying speed overhead in every direction. None appear clearly in the photo.

Peak Australiana. Cocky's were flying at terrifying speed overhead in every direction. None appear clearly in the photo.


Australia-Colac-Cape Otway-Driving - The local pub has dilapidated junk laying everywhere.

The local pub has dilapidated junk laying everywhere.


Australia-Colac-Cape Otway-Driving - Just up the road is the much bigger town of Colac. It has a big lake, a bird sanctuary and many snakes. It was the site of Victoria's largest regional

Just up the road is the much bigger town of Colac. It has a big lake, a bird sanctuary and many snakes. It was the site of Victoria's largest regional COVID outbreak at the local abattoir. Exploring Colac is therefore high on my list of things to do today. I was looking for snakes.


Australia-Colac-Cape Otway-Driving - This seat is here overlooking the lake and a metal drum thing you can burn snakes in.

This seat is here overlooking the lake and a metal drum thing you can burn snakes in.


Australia-Colac-Cape Otway-Driving - It is actually a very large nice looking lake. Although the weather is a bit smoggy today, I think due to what we call 'hazard reduction burns' occurr

It is actually a very large nice looking lake. Although the weather is a bit smoggy today, I think due to what we call 'hazard reduction burns' occurring somewhere nearby.


Australia-Colac-Cape Otway-Driving - A bit more bird sanctuary.

A bit more bird sanctuary.


Australia-Colac-Cape Otway-Driving - In the centre of Colac is the usual war memorial thing. The town was bigger, more historic and a lot nicer than I was expecting.

In the centre of Colac is the usual war memorial thing. The town was bigger, more historic and a lot nicer than I was expecting.


Australia-Colac-Cape Otway-Driving - Here is the main street. It is Good Friday so a lot of places are shut, but there were probably 5 or so places open. Also leaves falling off the trees

Here is the main street. It is Good Friday so a lot of places are shut, but there were probably 5 or so places open. Also leaves falling off the trees and lots of guys in orange vests trying to get killed stopping traffic for the Good Friday Childrens Hospital appeal.


Australia-Colac-Cape Otway-Driving - I took lunch to the nearby botanic gardens.

I took lunch to the nearby botanic gardens.


Australia-Colac-Cape Otway-Driving - The botanic gardens were also very nice, and very large. Expectations exceeded.

The botanic gardens were also very nice, and very large. Expectations exceeded.


Australia-Colac-Cape Otway-Driving - After a twisty drive south from Colac, here is the view from my accommodation at Cape Otway. My shift at the lighthouse is from midnight until 6AM, th

After a twisty drive south from Colac, here is the view from my accommodation at Cape Otway. My shift at the lighthouse is from midnight until 6AM, this makes the accommodation cheaper.


Australia-Colac-Cape Otway-Driving - Now for some pictures of the room. I am standing in the entry which has a day bed. It is next door to the cafe, but the place shuts at 5pm and they ki

Now for some pictures of the room. I am standing in the entry which has a day bed. It is next door to the cafe, but the place shuts at 5pm and they kick everyone out and lock the gates.


Australia-Colac-Cape Otway-Driving - Kitchen area looking back towards the entrance.

Kitchen area looking back towards the entrance.


Australia-Colac-Cape Otway-Driving - And finally the bedroom. Now I need to find out if my limited internet coverage will allow this to upload or not, then go take some photos of the ligh

And finally the bedroom. Now I need to find out if my limited internet coverage will allow this to upload or not, then go take some photos of the lighthouse and maybe some pelicans.


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