Great Ocean Road colors

Mar 2, 2011

We were radio-silent for a while..Sorry. So much to re-organize as we cancelled 3 weeks of a long-planned vacation in New Zealand due to the earthquake. Had we been without children, we would have sticked to our plans, simply avoiding Christchurch. But everyone told us that the whole country got “morally” affected and that it would not be a happy and relaxed atmosphere. So we’ve promised to go another time.

We were so much looking forward to our campervan trip throughout NZ south island and then some relaxed time at the lovely beach house of Hilly Crisp‘ designer in Gisborne, in NZ north island. Check it out here if you’re ever looking for a kiwi family beach rental in style.

Here is a photo I took at the 12 Apostles after we got the earthquake news. Loved the nostalgic mix of greens and shades of greys.

We were on Great Ocean Road (GOR) in Australia when it all happened, with no internet connection. GOR is an incredibly scenic drive along the coast right after Melbourne in the direction of Adelaide. There are many surfing towns worth stopping by such as Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay... We stayed near Port Douglas in a really nice family cottage on a working farm called Bellevue Homestay.  Over 100 acres with cows, alpacas, sheeps, horses all waiting to be fed by our children… The cottage felt very 1950’s and we were happy to celebrate yet another birthday in the family, Ceki’s.

 

1 Comment

  1. Elysia

    Hi, just came across your blog through Famillle Summerbelle. I’m a New Zealander who lives in Auckland and was saddened to hear you cancelled your NZ leg of your trip. I have 2 young children so understand why you would make this decision, but can I say whilst we have all been affected by the quake it’s still a happy safe place to visit right now. In fact the way the country has pulled together has been awesome even for us that don’t know anyone affected in Christchurch. Tourists would be made extremely welcome here and for the rest of the country it’s business as usual. Anyway I hope this helps, happy travels!

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