Thursday, July 14, 2016

Melbourne Travelogue 04: Point Addis + Angelsea Fish & Chips + Memorial Archway

We spent a lovely afternoon at Cunningham Pier and Bells Beach. Thereafter, our journey on the Great Ocean road continued towards Point Addis, which promises breathtaking view of Bells Beach and the surrounding reefs. It was a short 15 min drive from Bells Beach to Point Addis.
From the main road, you will drive through a long stretch of road to reach the look-out point. The best thing about driving in Australia - not much traffic! No traffic lights, no jam - just driving and enjoying the splendid scenery.
We walked through the elevated platform and wow, the stunning blue ocean came into sight. I don't think I will ever be tired of the view. Even though we were looking at the same ocean from Bells Beach, somehow, the water looks more blue here.
For the nature enthusiasts, you can explore the marine environment within the park. The sub-tidal waters support a wide range of fish and algae species, as well as seals, dolphins, brilliantly coloured sponge gardens and extensive rhodolith beds. The limestone reefs are abundant with marine life.
We decided to take continuous shots and test out telepathy. Glad our chemistry worked out for the last pic :)
Looking over across to Bells Beach. It certainly looked different from another angle and we tried to figure out where we stood previously.
The best thing about taking pictures against the ocean backdrop .... you don't get hoards of tourists inside your picture, ha! All of us patiently wait for our turns to take pictures, but this is not the case at the Twelve Apostles where we encounter a lot of those infamous tourists from you-know-which-land.
Clumsy me dropped my lens cover when I was packing the camera. It slipped through the crack of the wooden platform. I was quite sad, but I quickly surveyed the surroundings and climbed over the wooden platform to retrieve it from underneath. Leecher handed me the tripod as a stick as my short hands couldn't reach the cap. I managed to retrieve the cap and posted for a victory pic before climbing back. Thankfully there wasn't many people in the area if not I will be so embarrassed. 
Point Addis
Access from Point Addis Road, off the Great Ocean Road,
between Torquay and Anglesea
Hunger pangs strike us and we realised that we didn't had a meal since our brunch at Lavish Cafe. So, we made a stop at Angelsea to refuel our tummies. Since Leecher had a craving, we headed to Angelsea Fish and Chips for a seafood feast. Leecher surveying the menu outside the shop, deep in thought on what to eat..... Erm, I thought he wanted fish and chips?
Leecher placed an order for the seafood feast/platter and waited patiently for the food, as this little outlet is a takeout restaurant. Once the orders are placed, the chef will start whipping out your orders to ensure the freshness. 
Deep-frying in action! 
With our box in hand, we headed over to the park and enjoyed our feast. The serving was so huge that we had difficulty finishing the chips. We packed the chips along in the car to munch on later #dontwastefood. The feast, consisting of fish fillet, scallops, calamari and crab-meat (crab-stick actually) was really fresh! Well, I think they are fresh since we are near the ocean, lol. 
Angelsea Fish and Chips
83 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea Victoria 3230, Australia
Tel: 61 3 5263 1122
I had planned a lot more stops but we had to retire for the night as I wanted Leecher to rest early since he must be tired driving the whole day. Thus, we moved some of the stops to the next day and headed straight to Memorial Archway. This was strategic planning as we have the whole place to ourselves instead of squeezing with bus loads of tourists.
This archway was built as a tribute to the soldiers from the First World War who were engaged in the construction of the GO Road. Alongside the arch, there is also a sculpture commemorating the returned servicemen, which was commissioned and placed during the 75th anniversary of the road celebrations. Most importantly, the memorial arch provides a great photographic opportunity for visitors entering Lorne. 
 See, no tourists or cars behind us! 
Leecher, pretending to be part of the team who built this magnificent GO road.
We get the whole place to ourselves for tons of picture opportunities, but lazy me is only going to edit a couple to be uploaded. The rest shall be archived in my HDD. We retired to the AirBnB apartment for the night and I'll be back with more of our adventures soon. 
Memorial Archway
Great Ocean Road, Eastern View, Victoria 3231

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