The Otways 4/3/2015

We leave the coast for the day and head up into the beautiful Otway forest on a very winding, narrow and bumpy road. When a sign comes up saying we have to share this already scary road with log trucks things become very interesting. Thank goodness we only meet one, not on a blind corner and it was without logs so we make it quite safely.
It is drizzling a little so I’m thinking our activity may be cancelled but apparently this place operates rain, hail or shine. It’s a bit of a wait so that makes me a little more nervous with a couple of trips to the loo. The thing is I’m going on a zip line with Dan and Jazz at the Otway Fly so although heights don’t worry me too much gliding along nothing but a line 30 metres above the ground at a fast pace did make me more than a little apprehensive. After some safety talks, a practice run we are off. On the way we get to experience some of the local wild life as we gather around a black snail, apparently carnivorous but as this one is smaller than the average garden snail I think we will be off the menu. It is rather special to see one so very happy about that – a good omen perhaps. We come to a tree with a stair case winding its way round to about half way, some 10 metres to a small platform, our first challenge and it is no longer raining. Jazz goes off with no worries at all, Dan warms up to it pretty quickly but my first go is scary as anything I have done. I now fear it will be this way the whole trip but standing 20 metres up in the tree somehow helps my confidence and watching the others I start to relax and go with it. All in all it was a fantastic experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Part of the zip line where we head back down across a very swingy swing bridge

Part of the zip line where we head back down across a very swingy swing bridge


After that great achievement the treetop walk was pretty easy although the tower in the centre was a challenge especially when you reach the top and the whole thing is swaying – we are now 47 metres from the ground. The forest is spectacular, Mountain Ash with its beautiful colours, the ancient Myrtle Beech, tiny ferns, a bubbling brook and loads and loads of tree ferns my absolute favourite plant.
After an exhausting day we now have the scenic drive along the coast from Apollo Bay to Lorne, only 40km but it takes me over an hour, great views though. It is so good to get to our accommodation and just kickback with a nice bottle of wine. Definitely takeaway tonight!
Our view of the ocean is lovely and the very friendly cockatoos add to the ambiance.

Our view of the ocean is lovely and the very friendly cockatoos add to the ambiance.

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