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The first day of our road trip was as delightful mix of coastal views, beaches, wildlife, benches, a golf course and a lighthouse.

We drove out of Melbourne before dawn and stopped at Torquay for breakfast and a walk around the coastal town. The day started with cloud cover where the sky and sea merged on a blurred horizon.


After watching surfers at Bells Beach we searched out the kangaroos at Anglesea Golf Club. A mob of Eastern Greys live on the fairways, ignoring the golfers.

Split Point Lighthouse at Airey’s Inlet is one of several lighthouses built along this rugged coast in the late 1800’s.



Along the road we noticed areas where bush fires had burnt last Christmas Day. Fortunately no one was injured but 116 homes were destroyed.

At Kennett River the local wildlife came to check us out. Parakeets, cockatoos, kookaburras were all curious about the human visitors. And as I’ve already posted, wild koalas wandered around and sat in the trees.

We stayed overnight at Apollo Bay which has a nice family beach and small harbour. Our motel room looked out over the ocean.