Last night I quickly checked email and found that Steve had put some files on the net for me. I couldn't get them at the hostel because their kiosk type machine doesn't have a diskette drive. Furthermore it's unlikely that I'll be able to find a machine that I can use until I get to Adelaide. I'd like to play with the files so I decide to head back the short distance to Geelong (where someone has told me there is an internet cafe). With some dificulty I find the internet cafe. The good news is it's free, the bad news is they don't have drives either. I'm told there that no one in the area will have floppy disk drives. Have a quick lunch then start back - a wasted two hours.
Turn on the the Great Ocean Road. The first stop was at the famous surf beach, Bells Beach. The surf supposedly can get to six meters here, but today it was under one. It's a beautiful beach, but as usual as I got close to the beach the sky clouded over - it's heavily overcast and even a little cool. No swimming for me.
Stop at a number of beaches, points, capes, and coves. The coast line is beautiful and dramatic, but certainly no better than the Tassie coast, and a whole lot more crowded. There are a lot of tour busses. The whole stretch reminds me a lot of highway one in California, both scenery and crowds wise.
I was planning on staying in Apollo Bay. I got there but really wasn't feeling like spending time at the beach given the gloom so I continued on. Just after Apollo Bay the Great Ocean Road turns inland for a bit. As soon as I start to climb into the hills the skies clear. Looking back I can see the low coastal clouds behind me.
The road comes back to the coast at Port Campbell National Park. The weather has improved somewhat - it's still a bit hazy, but mostly sunny. Stop at the Twelve Apostles - huge rock formations jutting out of the sea off the national park's coast. They're probably Australia's second most famous natural landmark and there is the predictable crowds. It is stunningly beautiful, and the pure beach under the cliffs before is even more beautiful being as untuchable as it is (sheer cliffs - the only way on would be via the water - and that would be through rocks and surf). Took some late evening photos and resolved to come back in the morning to take some more.
In the town of Port Campbell decide to splurge and stay at a B&B instead of the YHA.