DAY 3: ROBE – THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD – PORT FAIRY – THE CRAGGS – BAY OF ISLANDS – MARTYRS BAY – PORT CAMPBELL – WARRNABOOL
After spending a lovely night at Robe at The Robe Hotel, we rose early to commence our journey down the Great Ocean Road. We began at the western end, passing through countryside towards the southern coast, passing numerous farms, including a spectacular Wind Farm, to sights such as The Craggs, and finally Port Fairy.
We were intending to go for a swim at Port Fairy, but it was rather windy and the water was very cold – so we chickened out. Instead we enjoyed watching the number of surf skiers etc that were taking advantage of the wind in what was rather a beautiful setting.
From Port Fairy we continued along the Great Ocean Road to The Bay of Islands….
And then to Martyrs Bay….
And onward to Port Campbell.
We had hoped to find accommodation for the night at Port Campbell, a place I seems to have a very strong appeal for me – not surprising – it is gorgeous. However, we couldn’t find anyway to stay, it was high season and the place is understandably very popular. We drove back to Warrnabool.
We drove around Warrnabool finally discovering the old Warrnabool Hotel, which had recently been renovated – and was terrific.
The hotel has quite a history, and once upon a time had a tower, which was destroyed by fire early in the twentieth century. The hotel is very well situated in the town centre, and not far from the beach, and is right next to another notable landmark – the old Capitol Cinema, which is still functioning with it’s main cinema intact; two smaller modern cinemas have replaced the live theatre venues that were once also part of the original building.