Because of the terrorist attack in Christchurch two days earlier, we weren't able to catch our flight to Melbourne and spend the preceding day in the city seeing some of its amazing sights. We hoped to see at least something of the city when we returned from our few days exploring the sights along the Great Ocean Road (GOR) before heading to Tasmania. The GOR is one of Australia's, if not the world's, most famous drives; it hugs the windswept, rugged coastline just west of Australia's second most populous city. Though guidebooks recommended we take six days to fully take in the 562 mile road trip, Diane and I had less than half that time. After picking up the rental car in downtown Melbourne, we escaped the city via the Princes Freeway heading to Geelong, a lovely historic town located on the sparkling Corio Bay waterfront.
If we'd had more time, strolling through Johnstone Park would have been very enjoyable.
The contrast between the rugged coast and the inland forest became even more spectacular although that was hard to believe that was even possible.