Our first stop was Lorne where we stayed in the Lorne Hotel overlooking the beach. We managed to walk into the hotel and get a beach view balcony room for $100 pn which we found to be very good value. Easily a 4 star room, normally $140 pn and cheaper than wotif.com.
In fact, we walked into all accomodation along the way and got some good prices, as well as inspecting quite a few other places.
Wasn't overly impressed with the restaurant at the hotel with the garlic bread literally dripping in butter and the $85 seafood platter not using the "freshest" of prawns, mussles or oysters.
It was quite wet and windy (not to mention freezing) at the start of our journey so didnt hang around Lorne all too much.
On the 2nd day we drove to Port Campbell, stopping at the numerous sights along the way including the Cape Ottway Lighthouse and 12 apostles which are truly amazing.
We walked into the Seafoam Villas at P.C which was a 4.5 star apartment overlooking the water for $100 pn. Another bargain.
At sunset we took off for the Penguin Show at London Bridge. Now let me tell you - we waited freezing our butts off for 1.5 hours lol and we were the only one's there after all the buses left. We did eventually see a handful of penguins come up the beach but due to the poor weather and lighting, it was very difficult to see at a distance to be honest. The info centre lady claims that a bigger colony of penguins are also available to be viewed at the 12 apostles.
To warm up after London Bridge, we went straight to the PC Pub and propped ourselves up in front of the log fire there for a huge glass of red! V Nice indeed. The meal here was also very good and huge quantities.
Next day we did the 12 apostles again in the morning
and unfortunately the weather was intermittant showers and windy, so we decided not to do the helicopter ride, much to our dismay! :(
The sun did come out every now and again for good photo ops.
Our next stop was Warrnambool which is only about 70 k's away, but seriously you do not want to rush this section. There is just so much to see and do around here and you literally find yourself driving at 60 kph and stopping every couple of k's. We really enjoyed the cheese factory for lunch. Great Stuff.
When we got to Warrnambool, we went straight to the Whale Watching area at Logans Beach and be-friended the whale "volunteer" Peter - who was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. A couple of glimpses of a whale and calf, before heading off to check into the Country Comfort Motel a short distance away.
Once that was done we headed back to check out the whale action. This area is really well done and they make the most of it. That night we had a very enjoyable dinner/drinks at the huge bowling club in Warrnambool near the Football Club.
The following morning, back down to the beach to check the whale activity with "Pete" the legend. (Thanks for all you info mate) We managed to again get a few glimpses of the whale and calf before she headed south and out of sight.
Unfortunately we had to leave after that and off to Mount Gambier to check out the Blue Lakes and various sink holes which were quite interesting indeed. We stayed at the Golden Chain Arkana Motel that night which I can highly recommend. I actually inspected the 4 motels on either side of this motel before choosing this one if anyone is interested.
This motel offers the best room for the price in all the motels which I inspected.
Then at dark (acting on information obtained from this forum) we hit a huge nearby sinkhole to feed the possums with bread and apple slices. Now that was great fun and we were able to actually pat them! Gold.
Dinner was at the nearby pub and was very nice.
Next day we headed for Robe, intending to stay there but we were dissapointed to find that Lobster season was over, we couldn't find a fresh crayfish anywhere to eat (and the place was dead). So we headed for Kingston SE hoping to find some crayfish and life.
Unfortunately, the same problems here and actually we walked into the restaurant under the big lobster and were unable to raise anyone for lunch service lol.
So we thought, bugger this, lets head for somewhere closer to Adelaide and eventually ended up in Victor Harbour.
We really enjoyed Victor Harbour and stayed at the "Hotel Victor" overlooking the bridge to Granite Island. Good Accomodation/location and they charged us $100 pn instead of rack rate $120 pn. Found out later that wotif has rooms for $80 pn. Slight problems here though with noise from the pub downstairs (juke box) and breakfast was terrible. Eat Elsewhere. We had dinner at the Original Seafood Shop which was good and fresh.
A walk over the bridge to Granite Island revealed a sea lion, but no penguins or whales unfortunately.
Overall we really enjoyed our trip and I have only really glossed over the details of our trip. If anyone has any specific questions I would be more than happy to help.
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