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On our way from Melbourne to Port Campbell, via the Great Ocean Road, we came upon a couple of small, quaint towns.  One was Apollo Bay where we stopped for a potty break then decided we would eat there, too.  We found the bathrooms in next to the park in one of the Information Centers and while I waited for Tony, I walked around the park and explored.

Australia is really big on parks.  It seems like one can’t travel for more than a few blocks without finding a park.  They aren’t cookie cutter parks, either.  Each one is unique.  The one shown below showcased local materials and local artists.  We found a number of beautifully handmade park benches on which to sit and enjoy the deep blue skies.  I also was captivated by a mosaic drinking fountain (shown below).  It appeared to be made entirely of recycled glass and broken tiles.  The water came out the spout and any that wasn’t caught by the drinker’s mouth spiraled down the length of the fountain and into a drain at the bottom.  There were also a number of wooden sculptures, all pretty abstract and probably aboriginal in design.  One sculpture, much less abstract, was of local seals.  You’ll see that one below too.

It was truly a beautiful little town in which to enjoy lunch and even more, had we had the time.  If you’re ever in Australia on the Great Ocean Road, remember the name Apollo Bay.

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The bay at Apollo Bay.

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Some of the abstract sculptures.

A closer view of sculptures.

A closer view of sculptures.

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Handmade park bench uses local trees.

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Sculpture featuring local sealife!

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Spiral mosaic drinking fountain.

 

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On our way to Port Campbell, we came across a lighthouse.  At least we could see it in the distance so I asked Tony to stop so we could see if we could get a closer look.  We found a sign directing us to Split Point Lighthouse.  It had been very rainy during the day so the road, a dirt one, was quite muddy but we gave it a try anyway.  We made it to the parking lot, barely, without getting stuck in the mud and then we had to walk to the lighthouse.  It was probably a half mile walk which is not bad but remember that it was very muddy and it was sprinkling off and on and to top things off, it was extremely windy.

However, it was worth fighting the elements.  We got a beautiful look at the stormy ocean and skies.  Although the lighthouse has an observation deck which one can climb for an even more spectacular view, there was no way either of us was going to try to climb a narrow staircase to the top of the 111 foot lighthouse.

Here are some pictures I took.  If you click on the links above, you can see some pictures of what it looks like in sunny weather.

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Split Point Lighthouse against the cloudy sky.

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Pathway from lighthouse to ocean view.

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Tony on path from lighthouse to ocean side.

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View from lighthouse cliff.

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Stormy skies.

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