A getaway full of wonder

The Weekly Wine Down

I AM back and full of admiration for my Wine Down contributors, who filled in while I was away enjoying an incredible holiday along the Great Ocean Road.

The trip involved minimal arguments between Matt and I, and a lot of fun.

We camped out the nine days in a rooftop tent – a major upgrade from our back of the ute sleeping arrangement, which we endured during our last getaway.

We set off on a Friday straight after work, and had both agreed we would share the driving duties.

The first stint of the drive went relatively quickly, stopping several times for food and fuel.

We made it past Horsham just before midnight, after we agreed it was time for a sleep.

When I say sleep, I mean huddling up together and waiting for the sun to come up.

It turns out that if you camp in a highway-side camping spot, then you can expect that trucks will pass you during all hours of the night.

On day two, we set off to Geelong.

The drive was relatively easy, despite a few misdirection’s from Google Maps.

When we arrived in Geelong we headed straight for a caravan park to set up and, finally, have a break from driving.

The day was really easy – we walked around the city, op-shopped and hung around at the foreshore for a while.

In the evening we went and cheered on my footy team, the mighty Geelong Cats, to victory over Carlton.

In the following days, we ventured to Torquay, went and had a look at the famous Bells Beach and then started our journey along the Great Ocean Road.

Before we left for our holiday, I had been told by so many people how wonderful the trip was and how we would have so much fun.

 I had looked at the photos that people had shared online of the many different sights along the way.

Really, I had expected it was going to be a letdown.

Wow, was I wrong.

The trip was everything that others had said it would be, and more.

The sights were more incredible in person, and the beach, forests and small and friendly costal town communities were so welcoming.

Although we drove every day, and we were constantly on-the-go, the trip felt relaxing.

Matt and I worked as a team, most of the time, and despite him being slightly less enthusiastic for long bushwalks and hikes than I was, we had a lot of fun together.

It also, really, put into perspective, for both of us, just how much of our own backyard we need to get out and see.

Until next week, keep your glasses full.

Cheers x



Growing up in Roseworthy and attending Kapunda High School, Laura joins The Bunyip in June, 2016 whilst completing the final year of a double degree in Journalism and International Relations at University of SA. This is Laura's first role as a Journalist following a stint at Gawler Council in the Communications Department. She will cover the news in the Playford and Mallala council regions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys anything health and well-being related, and can be regularly seen shopping for fresh, healthy produce at local markets.