After our first day on the Great Ocean Road, we had traveled from Melbourne down to Torquay and along the coast all the way to Lavers Hill. So after our night at Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat, we only had a short distance to go to visit the famous Twelve Apostles.
These rock stacks are definitely one of the most photographed things in all of Australia. They are prettier at sunrise or sunset, but that didn't work out with our drive, so these pictures will have to do! There used to be twelve of these (hence the name), but some have since collapsed into the ocean. Here are my mom and dad in front of the Twelve Apostles.
We drove a bit more and stopped at Loch Ard Gorge to enjoy more scenic views and some playtime on the beach.
We took several versions of the picture below. While Cindy was taking one of us (not this version), a wave came up behind us and got us pretty wet!
After lunch in Port Campbell, we drove back to Melbourne the faster way (not along the coast) and did some souvenir shopping in the Federation Square area of the CBD. Cindy and Justin were able to get lots of Christmas shopping done for Cindy's family. We had dinner at Camy's, which is down a little hidden alley near Chinatown and serves up all sorts of dumplings for a very affordable price. We ordered about a hundred dumplings filled with various things and stuffed ourselves silly.
We got back to St Kilda just in time to see the sunset. We walked along the pier and saw a few fairy penguins come in for the night. It was kind of a chilly evening, so we didn't stay too long before meeting up with Zack (he got back from the US that morning) for some dessert on Acland Street. My family's trip to Australia was winding down!