DAY 4: WARRNABOOL – PORT CAMPBELL – THE GROTTO – LONDON BRIDGE – THE ARCH – LOCH ARD GORGE – THE RAZORBACK – THE APOSTLES – DUNKELD – THE GRAMPIANS
After a good breakfast at a nearby cafe (we missed the hotel’s breakfast) we took off back to Port Campbell, driving eastward along the Great Ocean Road, stopping off at numerous sites, including…
Port Campbell – where I indulged in another fabulous swim on the protected beach.
Loch Ard Gorge
And finally- The Apostles
After The Apostles (once 12 now 8) we decided instead of going on the Melbourne but to head north to The Grampians. We drove directly north-north-west, over the Otway Ranges heading towards Dunkeld the main town at the southern end of The Grampians.
Finally, the southern end of The Grampians appeared – stunning and mysterious.
We arrived at Dunkeld and drove around looking for a place to stay. The couple of B & Bs had already closed, which meant we were compelled to stay at the Royal Mail Hotel one of the most exclusive hotels in the region. We were very lucky in that we were given an up-grade to a luxury apartment looking out to Mt Shepherd – and also the hotel’s park that was inhabited with emus and kangaroos grazing under the setting sun.
We finished the day with a fantastic meal at the Royal Mail Hotel, a two-hat restaurant with a considerable and well deserved high reputation; with I might add rather an international waiting staff including people from Barcelona – surprised.