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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Australian vacation, day 12: Great Ocean Road

This is the final Australian vacation related post, I promise! I know there's nothing more exciting than looking at someone else's vacation photos, but I feel really impelled to share.

We departed from the Travelodge on a Go West tour bus at 8:00 am wearing the clothes from the previous day and watched out the window as an unmarked van pulled up in front of the Travelodge. We saw a man pull open the back doors and start to pull something out, but our tour bus turned the next corner before we could determine if he was pulling out our lost luggage. We got over it and tacked it on the list of things to laugh about later.

The bus ride was a long one, we didn't return to the Travelodge until 10:00 pm that night. But it is a tour you must take if you ever make it to Melbourne. You travel past beaches, breathtaking cliffs and rock formations, a rainforest, and the greenest hills I've ever seen. I imagine it is what Ireland might look like. The views are stunning and the stories you hear along the way are quite comical, although that may have just been our tour guide. Di had just finished touring pretty much the whole world. Did she say she was gone 10 months? Something close if not. She talked with Kim and I about her tour through Texas and I'm pretty sure she's seen more of my state than I have.

The first stop on the tour is Bells Beach, which was littered with surfers when we stopped by. It's famous for the waves there, so that could explain it.

I wish I had kept an official count of how many times Di said, "And, now the official start to the Great Ocean Road!" It was at least 3. Maybe 4. But, this is the official start:

On the next stop, we fed these wild birds. All you have to do it put seed in your hand and they swoop down out of nowhere into your hand. It's quite a sight. I had one dive bomb my hand with a another bird sitting on my wrist.

Can you find Waldo? The trees that the birds swoop out of are also home to koalas.

Another coastline stop:

And then the rainforest. I've decided I like photographing trees so much because I love texture!

Two sides of the same tree:

Further up along the road, the most photographed spot on the tour- the 12 Apostles

The next spot was my absolute favorite! The Loch Ard Gorge is the most peaceful and beautiful place I've ever been. You really have to see it in person and experience the sounds and the breeze to get the full effect.

At the end of our journey!


Julie December 23, 2009 at 9:16 PM  

I love these photographs!!! So glad that you let us take the journey! :) I look forward to taking this trip someday (well, some of it... minus the rain... LOL)!!

Carrie Benee January 21, 2010 at 9:01 AM  

WOW!!! Kelly you are so talented. What kind of camera do you use? I love that pic of Kim leaning on the rail with the ocean in the background. Your pictures make me want to book a trip to Australia right now. Thanks for sharing. I just love reading your blog, it makes me smile:)


Kelly Tarleton January 27, 2010 at 9:29 PM  

Thanks Carrie! I shoot with a Nikon D80 camera body and Nikon Nikkor lenses, primarily the 50mm f/1.8. And I fully support you booking a trip to Australia! I'm so glad that I was able to take the trip twice and really cherish all the experiences I had.

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I've always been a creative person, and the one who always had a camera on-hand at a moment's notice for any occasion. Photography and graphic design dominated my life in school and I loved every minute of it. I miss that constant creative outlet and want to share more of it with my family and friends through this blog.See more of my work at my website:

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