While staying at Apollo Bay we went to the Otway Ranges and went on the jungle walk which was peaceful and relaxing until we went up the tower which saw us up in the treetops, 47m from the ground.
We also walked out onto the counter lever (which means it doesn’t have any supports under it) which is supposed to hold the weight of 14 elephants but it still wobbled. Even though these were frightening, the rainforest walk was relaxing and wet.
Some of the trees in the Ranges are Mountain Ash and they grow up to 100m tall and live for about 300 years. In the early days, people used to cut these trees down for timber but now they are protected.
After the rainforest, we went to Triplet Falls which were loud and there were lots of ferns. After this, we went to the Californian Redwood Forest where Ruby and I played hid and seek. These big trees were planted in 1939, hard to believe they were so big.
We also traveled to Lorne, “a town of natural beauty” the sign said, it was ok but not as nice as Apollo Bay. At lunch we saw a heap of yellow crested cockatoos which acted like ibis trying to steal our food.
During our stay at Apollo Bay we saw whales, and lots of them. They were mostly just lazing around but we did see their tails and flippers and one actually jumped out of the water. Southern Right Whales come close to the coast here to have their calves. People used to kill these whales and they only needed small boats to hunt them because they are pretty slow moving and they float when they are killed so they can be towed back to shore easily.