Travellers Experience - Day 1
Great Ocean Road
The tour started at around 7 in the morning, depending on the pickup location. We drove along the Great Ocean Road where I enjoyed the beautiful view. The first stop was Bells beach where we could take some pictures and had some time for coffee and tea. Afterwards we drove further to the Memorial Arch and went for a walk on the beach. Our tour guide Ryan had many interesting and funny stories to tell between the stops, so that it never got boring between the different places and I actually couldn’t get tired of the stunning view. At Kennett river I saw the first real koala in my life, that was so exciting. Besides, there were some colorful birds, King Parrots, Crimson rosellas and the famous Kookaburra. They looked beautiful but I was a bit scared of them in the beginning but once they were sitting on my hand it was nice.
Before arriving at Iluka restaurant where we had lunch, everyone could choose among several meals, including chicken, fish, Greece kebab and some more. The food was really good and waitresses were nice. It was also a good opportunity to get to know each other a little better. I was really lucky with the group during the trip because there were many different nationalities, Germans, Irish, Finnish, Swiss, America, Dutch, French, united and everyone was nice. Most people were young backpackers travelling themselves so they were very open and happy to meet new people.
After having lunch we did some souvenir shopping and then went to the rainforest, which was a nice variation to the other stops where we had been before. It was quite cold in there and there were huge trees which I had never seen before. The famous 12apostles were one highlight of the day, although there are actually only seven ones left. Some people did a helicopter flight which is only 10minutes but I saw some pictures from a girl who did it and it looked great. Loch Ard Gorge, a nice small beach, was where we stopped next. Fortunately the weather was very sunny that day so we just walked down to the beach, which is surrounded by cliffs, sat down in the sand and enjoyed the lovely weather.
At London Bridge it was pretty crowded with many tourists but you could take some very nice pictures. The last stop on the first day was Cudgee creek, a small wildlife park, where we saw all different animals and could even feed and hold them. I saw kangaroos for the first time in my life, held a kola and some people even held a snale, which I was too afraid of. In the evening we had a last stop where we could get some food and buy some groceries and drinks in the supermarket. When we arrived at the hostel at Warnambool beach backpackers it was already 8pm and we packed our stuff in dorm rooms and had dinner together. Afterwards we still sat together for a while and talked about our travel experiences and so on.