MFV Travel Diary: a Great Ocean Road weekend

Last weekend I planned a (semi) surprise weekend away for P’s birthday. We spent the weekend away from Melbourne exploring the Great Ocean Road between Geelong and Warrnambool.


We drove to Geelong after work, about 1hr from Melbourne CBD, and arrived in time for dinner at a restaurant I booked for us called Ripples. The restaurant itself was nothing to write home about, but we had a nice night.

We even got to see some local nocturnal fauna out and about that night, chatting up the bouncers and showing remarkable gross motor skills on their 7 inch heels given their blood alcohol level.

Good morning Geelong waterfront

Good morning Geelong waterfront


After breakfasting in Geelong, P and I started our drive towards Torquay, which is the start of the Great Ocean Road. Unfortunately for us, the weather left much to be desired, with rain and fog enveloping the majority of the drive between Geelong and Port Campbell.

Great Ocean Road!

Great Ocean Road!

Great Ocean Road: less than ideal weather conditions.

Great Ocean Road: less than ideal weather conditions.


Apollo Bay

Apollo bay is a gorgeous little sea side town along the Great Ocean Road, and the only place outside of Tasmania where I’ve managed to find a SCALLOP PIE. I’ve said this many times and I’ll say it again: If you have not had a scallop pie- you have not lived.


Spoilt sheep on the hill overlooking Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road

Spoilt sheep on the hill overlooking Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road


We took a detour  through Cape Otway National Park to see the famous Cape Otway Lighthouse, and halfway down the dirt road, we noticed a group of excited tourists pointing to the trees and taking photos. Turned out that the trees in the area were populated by KOALAS.

I’ve lived in Australia all my life, and I have NEVER seen koalas out in the wild before this.

I lost my shit.

I was there for what must have been half an hour, taking photos with the other tourists on the road, pointing and squealing like a schoolgirl.



Koalas in the wild: Cape Otway national park

Koalas in the wild: Cape Otway national park


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The ABC of me!

I really enjoyed reading other bloggers’ responses to this tag, and thought it would be fun to do my own response. Other bloggers that have done the ABC tag include Sarah from Dempeaux, Suzanne from Don’t You Know Who I Am?, and Natalie from The Mustard Jumper.



B. Bed size. Queen…  I think. Is that weird that I don’t know?

C. Chore you hate: taking out the trash.

D. Day: Sunday Funday.

E. Essential start to your day: A shot of whiskey. Just kidding.

F. Favourite colour: Red

G. Gold or Silver: Gold jewelry.

H. Height: 155cm. I wear heels a lot.

I. Instruments: I played Violin and Piano  for most of my life, but since I moved I only have a piano in the house.

J. Job title: Optometrist.

K. Kids: A cheeky tom cat called Dizzy.

L. Live: In the wild, wild (central) west NSW.

M. Mum’s name: Lucy.

N. Nicknames: Jen, Jenben. Jenjen. WooHoooo (not a favourite).

O. Overnight hospital stays: I don’t remember much of it but I spent awhile in hospital for pneumonia when I was about 4.

P. Pet peeve: People that credit jazz standards to Michael Buble (or any other glorified karaoke hack) when they introduce songs. ‘Come Fly With Me’ is NOT by Michael Buble.

Q. Quote from a movie: “Adriaaaan! I did it!” Sylvester Stallone in Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V, Rocky Balboa.

R. Right or left handed: Right handed. Although when I was younger I thought it would be fun to train myself to be ambidextrous so I spent months writing only with my left hand. I blame my right hand tremor on this poor decision.

S. Siblings: 2 younger sisters, 1 younger bro.

T. Time you wake up: every morning at 4am when Dizzy wakes me up for his breakfast.

U. Underwear: Bonds usually. Elle Macpherson or Pleasure State when I’m on a date and he’s cute.

V. Vegetables you dislike:

W. What makes you run late:
the fear of getting somewhere on time or early.

X. X-Rays you’ve had:

Y. Yummy food you make: Risotto Marinara w chili oil.

Z. Zoo: not a fan of the smell.


I hope you enjoyed reading the ABC of me!

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