Australia

The Great Ocean Road to Sydney

by Spud of facebook.com/Spudthesoundguy on January 11, 2012

The Great Ocean Road to Sydney

I got woken up at 8:45am to my friend Luke saying, "Shit, dude, I overslept." We were originally supposed to leave Sydney at 8am, but due to this and a few unforeseen things with picking up the car, we didn't end up actually leaving Sydney till around 11:30am.

Once on the Hume Highway--it's a hefty 911km to Melbourne--I finally got to see some of New South Wales (NSW). Melbourne isn't a giant city. Its beautiful giant rolling hills of green fields make up the great dividing range that separates the ocean and green life from the bush and the outback of Australia. On the drive, Luke told me about all the big things on the road in Australia--a giant banana in Coffs Harbour NSE, a prawn in Ballina NSW, a marino in Goulbum NSE and a statue of Ned Kelly in Glenrowan Victoria, as well as the landmarks we stopped at on the way.

After a while in the car, we stopped at a rest stop at Snake Gully 8km outside of a town called Gundagi to have a look at our first roadside attraction (or better yet roadside statue), which is a statue in a fountain of a dog on a tucker box (lunch box). The story is a memoir to a poem by Bullock Driver. In the poem, "Bullocky Bill" the dog guards a man's tucker box until death. There is also a song by Jack O'Hagan called "Where the Dog Sits on a Tucker Box."

Further down the road, we stopped in Holbrook NSW at one of the oddest things I had seen in a long time--a very very landlocked submarine, the HMAS Otway. The nearest port is some 500 plus km away. Another odd thing about this "attraction" is that they had gutted the submarine and made a replica inside a building so you don't have to climb down inside it. Another fun fact about Holbrook is its houses, the only stop light between Sydney and Melbourne, which won't he true later this year as they are building a bypass around the town.

Some 5 hours into our journey, we came to Albury, which meant we were leaving New South Wales and entering Victoria. Almost immediately, the landscape changes from lush green fields on rolling hills to flat hay field type farmland with almost mountainous hills in the distance. At one point, we came to a point along the highway where the sign said to watch for falling koala. This koala zone was an easy 50km of beautifully canopied roads. Once the canopy was gone, it wasn't very long till we were seeing signs of civilization. And in the distance a very very tiny Melbourne awaited us. We arrived at 8:30pm, sussed out accommodations and headed straight out on the town.


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by Josefmarke Rewnes
About 6 years ago

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by Rhea
About 6 years ago

Hi - could you share some advice on the campsites you stayed at in Tassie?

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