Woke up to cloudy/rainy skies....but we will not be deterred! We headed out along the Great Ocean Road - now a little inland. The terrain changed to hilly green fields.
First destination of the day was Maits Rest for a walk in the rainforest.
I started out of the car with my little wind-breaker - this is in front of a eucalyptus tree just at the start of the walk.
But it quickly started pouring rain - imagine that in a rainforest!!! - so we scurried back to the car and got our actual rain jackets. Very wise since it rained for the next hour.
May be a little hard to see - but I'm standing in front of a huge tree base - apparently a 300 year old tree.
Beautiful peaceful walk.
Shelter in the base of a tree!
Next up was a walk that I had read about - was supposed to be a "short walk" to Rainbow Falls.....turned out to be over 3 miles - one way!!
About 2 miles thru a scrubby path.
Very deserted beach....we had to walk about 1 more mile to the left along the beach.
The blue color of this half-alive jellyfish caught my eye. Cool since you don't see that color of blue in nature often.
Walking along some rock - I saw a pile of sponges....just like the ones you might have for the shower!
Duane walking along the rocks towards Rainbow Falls - the ocean was "angry" with lots of sea-foam.
This is as close to Rainbow Falls as we got....it was about 1/2 mile further - and it was clear that there was nothing "falling" from the falls....pretty walk but a little disappointing since I'd read that the sun shimmered a rainbow sometimes from the misty falls.
Back on the Great Ocean Road - more pretty fields.
The sun showed up off-and-on during the day.
Since it's early spring here - lots of daffodils - just like home!!
Duane spied this Wallaby right beside the trail!
A stop by the side of the road....beautiful!
We arrived at the famous Twelve Apostles just as a rain cloud was coming over....this place is very pretty - but it's completely over-run with tour buses! All the other places we've been have been remarkably deserted.
The sun was out briefly for this shot.
And Duane agreed to be still for a "selfie"....the wind was blowing about 50 mph at this point and chilly!
Back on the road - more flat fields.
And some gentle hills.
Pretty quickly, the skies opened up - cold and windy rain. We decided to skip the last few stops along the way since it was getting late and we'd already logged over 9 miles according to my Garmin GPS watch!
We drove on to Port Fairy to our accommodations for the night - another little "cabin". Very nice - this one has a really nice heater!