February 12-15, 2016
Kingston, Mount Gambier, Port Fairy, Apollo Bay
Fearing that the easy life of Adelaide was making us too soft we headed back to Victoria to hike the 100km long Great Ocean Walk. We had to obtain camping permits for the hike. We also had to organise the start date to fit in with the bus schedule. The GOW can only be walked in an east to west direction commencing in Apollo Bay and finishing at the Twelve Apostoles. So we needed to leave our car at the finish and get a bus to the start. And the buses only run Monday, Wednesday and Friday. So our walk will start on Tuesday February 16th and we plan to finish five days later.
To get there we we had four leisurely days to drive from Adelaide through the Fleurieu peninsula then along the Coorong and the rest of the Limestone coast to the Great Ocean Road.
I can imagine that there are people who find the Australian lanscape along this section of coastline rather flat and boring. But for me there is great beauty and inspiration in the summer colours of the fields and the flatness and the empiness of the land.
My favourite town along the South Australian limestone coast, which extends from the Coorong to the Great Ocean Road, was Robe. Plenty of great eating places in town and a stunning coastline to match. We stayed in nearby Kingston which was on our way before we reached Robe.
The limestone coast around Port McDonnel was in my mind just as spectacular as the rocky outcrops along the Great Ocean Road but without the tourists.