Rainbow Valley

Natural Wonders : Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve

Rainbow Valley

 

We were having some issues with the Troopy heating up on long drives, so after Dave had made some repairs and adjustments, we took it for a test drive.  Just 100kms south of Alice Springs, Rainbow Valley was the perfect distance to see if the cooling system problem had been resolved.  A great place to visit or camp for the night, this colourful bluff is part of the James Range and is layered with hard red sandstone and softer white sandstone.

 

While the walking tracks around the valley are great to do during the day, it is best to visit about an hour before sunset.  This will give you enough time to take the track through the valley to see Mushroom Rock and return to the lookout to watch the sandstone bluff transform in the light of the setting sun.

 


There are two camping areas with communal fire pits, picnic tables and pit toilets. Camping fees are payable on site.

 

 

Triplet Falls

Top 5 things on the Great Ocean Road

We checked out most, if not all of the tourist attractions along the Great Ocean Road and these five things stood out the most and have found themselves in the Awesome Bucket.

 

Triplet Falls, Great Otway National Park

We got lost trying to find the Triplet Falls.

 

After taking a few wrong turns, we ended up in the middle of the Otways with no reception, no sense of direction and less than a quarter of a tank of petrol.  While we didn’t end up finding the falls, there was a happy ending – we spotted a pair of deer, leaping and bounding into the forest.

 

Our second attempt was far more successful and after a brisk walk through lush green forest, the roar of the Triplet Falls was upon us.

 

 

Lorne

Of all the towns along the Great Ocean Road, we think Lorne was the best.  Relaxed and youthful atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and a foreshore park with playground and facilities.

 

 

Teddy’s Lookout, Lorne

Just outside of Lorne is a visual treasure – Teddy’s Lookout.

 

It’s a quick drive outside of town and there are two lookouts to choose from.  The upper lookout is the first one you’ll arrive at and it provides spectacular views of the George River mouth and the Bass Strait.  The lower lookout has a more southerly view and is a better viewpoint to the river and picturesque valley to the west.

 

 

Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge is named after the ship of the same name, which got caught by the strong winds and current along the coast in 1878.  Knowing they were in trouble, the Captain ordered the sails to be lowered and the anchor to be dropped.  Unfortunately, the anchor didn’t catch on anything along the seabed and ended up being dragged along the sand.

 

In a final attempt, they cut the anchor and raised the sails again but to no avail, and the Loch Ard became shipwrecked against the cliffs.  There were only two survivors, Tom and Eva, who were swept to shore into the gorge.

 

Star jumps at Loch Ard Gorge

 

 

The Grotto

This stunning geological formation was formed when sinkholes in the limestone met with the receding cliffs along the coast.