1 week whirlwind - great ocean & SA [coast?] w 3 boys

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 09, 2011 at 18:37
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so from Geelong [ferry from east]
most important & cheapest to see along great ocean road & SA coast
your recommended free camping sites please!

we have 3 boys 8yrs< so fun stuff is handy

[we recently did 1/2 tas in 2 days! - we figure we can do this in the 9 days we have available]

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Reply By: Livin On The Road - Saturday, Apr 09, 2011 at 21:49

Saturday, Apr 09, 2011 at 21:49
There isn't a lot of free camping along the Great Ocean Rd. Each small town has a (sometimes many) caravan park.

My main suggestion would be: slow down and enjoy the trip a bit more. Better to see it properly than say you've done it. There are also some podtours available for there (listed Audio podtours which we always enjoy. My kids love history, so the story of the Loch Ard, and Flagstaff Hill at Warnambool were big hits.


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Follow Up By: meagainOZ - Sunday, Apr 10, 2011 at 07:39

Sunday, Apr 10, 2011 at 07:39
thanX Amy...
first of all, just have to say, we have contemplated what your family is doing for a number of years now.. may be, in our future.. ;)

yes, i know our whirlwind tours sound extreme in the time-frame, but
its what we have available. the same as when we went to Tas, instead of sitting at home saying we dont have time or fund$ etc,
i made it happen.. and we will go back now we know how amazing it is.
the same as this trip on the great ocean road & lower SA, we are planning on moving back to nsw this year, and feel it wise to use the opportunity of proximity right now living in victoria to experience more before we go... and again, just getting a feel for places so we can have ideas for travelling in the future..

by the way.. can you inform me 'what is' the flagstaff hill story that you mention.?

~Peace 2u~
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Follow Up By: Livin On The Road - Sunday, Apr 10, 2011 at 09:29

Sunday, Apr 10, 2011 at 09:29
Hi Meagain,
I agree completely that it's better to it; the hardest part about our trip was actually leaving! I was more suggesting that maybe you aim only to cover half the distance, not the time frame - time frame is usually a lot more inflexible.

Try having a look at some of those audio books, (particularly Librivox as it's free) because we find that they save our sanity on long car trips. No one can ever agree on music in our family - The eldest and I want nothing, hubby wants modern music, three kids want nursery rhymes. Everyone always agrees on an audiobook or podtour.

We usually feel like we've done nothing and haven't done much at all because we move slowly, but when we look back we realize we actually have done a lot. People always laugh at us when we say it took 8 months to see Victoria and we still missed bits!

However, the kids and I did the Great Ocean Rd alone while their Dad was working up in Roxby Downs last month. We drove it in a day from Geelong down to Warnambool. It was too quick, and i think we all would have been happier doing it in two days. (We had tents and couldn't find a free campsite.)

Flagstaff Hill is an outdoor museum at Warnambool (think Sovereign Hill on a much smaller scale, and focused on Maritime history). In the evening they have a Laser Sound show about the Loch Ard shipwreck. A bit loud, and all but two of the passengers died; I judged it was suitable for the 9 and 8 year old, the 2 yo was oblivious and I was really unsure about the five year old. She was fine though.

Enjoy your trip, it's always worth it!

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Reply By: flashcher - Sunday, Apr 10, 2011 at 09:59

Sunday, Apr 10, 2011 at 09:59
I recently posted a thread #85006 asking for reccommendations on free camping along the Great Ocean Road.
We ended upstaying at Red Johanna beach campground and it was fantastic.
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Reply By: Member - Richard L (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 10, 2011 at 14:22

Sunday, Apr 10, 2011 at 14:22
We have also stayed at Johanna and was fantastic. We also enjoy Blanket Bay although you might have to book if you are going during school holidays. There is a short walk through rain forest near here called Maits Rest, our kids enjoyed it.
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Reply By: guy007 - Sunday, Apr 10, 2011 at 16:46

Sunday, Apr 10, 2011 at 16:46
Just back from the GOC.
Best free camp is Aire River East , Just past turnoff to Otway Lighthouse.
Pit toilets, No water or showers, Fires allowed in steel fireplaces provided[bring your own wood1]
Best part is the large Koala population. Cant miss them they are right in Camp!
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