VIC South West: Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road

 

 

  

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After weeks of crappy weather we finally managed to get away for a long weekend at Anglesea. This small town on the Great Ocean Road has a great caravan park located between the beach and the river and this is one of the few parks we don’t mind paying for. There are walking tracks galore in all directions and even after numerous visits I still have not walked them all..

Anglesea is not as touristy as some of the other towns and the coal mine and power station that used to spoil the place are now closing down. The town has a servo and quite a few shops including supermarket, hardware, bakery and a highly regarded chicken shop. 

 
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Normally it is dead quiet at this time of year so we were rather surprised to find out that the park would be hosting a running event on the weekend as well as about 20 vans from the RACV caravan club already set up. 

On the Saturday there was a huge influx of runners to take part in the Anglesea Ekiden Relay run by athletics Victoria. The total distance for each team was up to 42 km with runners being allocated various legs and distances. The marshalling, start and some changeovers were held in the main road through the caravan park and I suspect the RACV group may not have been too amused at the action right next to their sites!

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It seemed a bit mean that our dogs were not allowed outside of the dog area of the park but there were loads of pooches in the race audience. I loved the Chihuahua “guard dog” on the Melbourne Uni marquee and the Chow Chow with his blue tongue. 
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We came back after lunch to watch some of the change over and finishes and I amused myself by practicing my sports photography – some of these runners were looking rather worse for wear, just proves that too much exercise is bad for you!
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Sunday the Weather started to get a little cranky again, but I managed a few reasonable photos to test drive the new lens I shouted myself for my birthday. Also could not help but snap the official event photographer playing around on the beach.
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Headed home on Monday afternoon, we refused to pay the $17 late checkout fee so we just parked the van in the car park on the other side of the river and left in the early afternoon.

Total cost:
Half a tank of diesel, $99.90 for three nights accommodation (Including Top Tourist Discount) and $14 groceries.

 

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