This would be our last morning and I felt a little sad, as I knew, like all great adventures this would soon exist only as a memory tucked away in my mind.
You honestly couldn’t imagine that two days could be so different. A cool change had swept through over night and it was raining heavily, very windy and quite a cold breeze. We had our breakfast and said our goodbyes to our little cottage. We drove down to the 12 Apostles Visitors Centre where Andrew picked us up for the last time. He dropped us back at the Princetown bridge where yesterdays walk finished (or was that Princetown Pub). We said our fair wells to Andrew and thanked him for an awesome stay.
Today’s walk was only 6km and fairly easy terrain to no more than about 80m elevation. This section of track runs through the Port Campbell National Park which begins at Princetown. The track itself winds close to the coast and as you walk the views of the Apostles become more and more spectacular. We reached the Gibson Steps carpark only about an hour after leaving Princetown. The Gibson Steps takes you down to the beach where you can view the Apostles at ground zero. This is something I have never done before on all the trips I have been to the Great Ocean Road. Unfortunately today was not going to be any different because of high seas and danger of collapsing cliff faces. We took some photos on the purpose built platform, thanks to another hiker. This guy was 61 years old, skinny as a rake and carrying a massive pack. He told us that he had tried to get his mates to come with him but they were all too fat and lazy so he did it on his own, legend.
Well there is not much more to tell, we walked on up to the Visitors centre, visited the Apostles and then drove down further to Loch Ard Gorge. The weather gradually got colder. I had taken my boots off and put on thongs so froze my arse off. We walked around for an hour or so and took a heap of spectacular photos (some of them below). After our adventure was over we drove back to Melbourne promising we would not do any walking for a week. When we got home we ended up doing a 5km round trip walk to a Korean restaurant for dinner that very evening. Was worth it.
Well this has been the last in the ‘Great Ocean Walk’ series which is also my very first series. I would firstly like to thank my brother Jason as he was the one that come up with the idea in the first place and the one who booked it in. He was also responsible for a great deal of the photography (I had a lot to choose from and these were not necessarily always the best photos but most relevant). Secondly I would also like to thank Bimbi Park and Southern Anchorage Retreat who spoiled us rotten. Thirdly Raw Travel who I plan to travel with in the future (Kumano Kodo trail Japan, look out for this one) and lastly but definitely not leastly those who have been following and sharing my stories on this website. It has taken a lot of work to get this blog up and running and I plan to give you weekly stories that you will hopefully find interesting and uplifting. I diverge from bushwalking for the next couple of weeks with a trip to Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Hope to see you next week in ‘My Walkabout Plants’.