Left Mount Gambier at 0810 or 0840 Eastern Standard Time, this will be the last time I have to change the time on all my devices. I crossed the Victorian border after about 20 minutes, the speed limit drops from 110 to 100 kph. I have to look out for Toll roads in Melbourne, just in case I get lost I downloaded an app called LinktGo that pays the tolls and charges a $0.95 commission, there are no Toll Booths, it can only be done online. Victoria and NSW are the only states with private toll roads. I followed the Great Ocean Road, one of the great driving roads, my first time in a lumbering 4×4, every other time on a bike, on par with Highway 1 in California, E65 in Croatia and D010 in Turkey, there are others but I can’t remember them offhand. Non stop curves, beautiful views of the ocean, picturesque villages along the way. I stopped at the Loch Ard Gorge, Twelve Apostles, Bells and Torquay Surfing Beaches but no decent waves for the surfers and took some photos.
I stopped at Port Melbourne to fill up with Diesel and a HJ Oreo Thick Shake and arrived at the Ferry at 1805. Boarding started at 0835, I was asked to open the Bonnet and the Boot, the guy had a cursory look and gave me a mask and said I had to wear it at all times on the boat. Followed the queue and had to show the Booking receipt on my phone and received a Ticket in return, wait and wait and wait, finally drove onto the boat and parked at 2050. Went straight up to the Recliner Lounge, you have to use your ticket to open the door and the Recliners are huge with extending footrests and every other seat is vacant due to Covid, very comfortable. Cost of the ticket was $230 (this varies from $110 to $350 depending the sailing time and date), cars free as they are trying to encourage tourist to visit Tasmania. My phone had a signal the whole trip, they must have a Small Cell Satellite connection. We docked at Devonport at 0745, and I was off and running at 0840. I had some time to kill untill hotel check-in so I did some sightseeing in Devonport though it drizzled almost the whole time.
Great post, thank you for all the views and especially the videos! Highway 1 in California and the Croatian Highway – we have also had the pleasure of traveling on them, absolutely fantastic. Another highway that was equally spectacular was the one overlooking the ocean near Sydney. We were there a few years ago.
Enjoy your travels, Chris. Godspeed and God bless.
Thank you Simmi
Plenty great places to stop on the Great Ocean Road, beautiful scenery. Thanks for pics and sharing – bringing back more memories and tales 😁