The Great Ocean Road has always been on my bucket list and finally I get to visit it when I went on a business trip last October. I’ve seen so many photos of the Great Ocean Road on the social medias and it always feels like I’ve been there, but of course nothing beats the real thing! The Great Ocean Road is known as one of the best road trips on the earth and YES it definitely claims it crowns!
Hence, if you’re visiting Victoria, make sure you take some time to travel the Great Ocean Road! You’re going to regret af if you miss it!
Since, I do not have much time in Victoria, I do not hire a car (which I’m pretty regret, but I’m definitely going back in the near future). If you are planning to do the drive properly, I would suggest you to go the full length plus stop at towns, try not to cramp everything in a day as it is definitely impossible, try to go for 2-3 days and book accommodation along the way. I’ve joined a bus tour >> click here for more information
Leaving Melbourne, our first stop is one of the Great Ocean Road’s surf beaches, Urquart Bluff. Our tour guide is super thoughtful, she has prepared us some hot drinks and biscuits. We then took our own sweet time and enjoy our breakfast while talking with each other at this beautiful spot. It totally feels like we’re on a school trip.
Don’t you sleep away your entire journey, as you don’t want to miss the picturesque ocean view along the way.
After our breakfast we stopped by the Memorial Arch which is a popular destination to stop at, as it is the beginning of the Great Ocean Road. Many will take the opportunity to stop by to take a photo with the arch and the statue, commemorating their adventure.
Mt Defiance Lookout
We then continue our journey and stopped by the Mt Defiance lookout which is approximately 10kms from Lorne. Here, is William Buckley’s First Permanent Resting Place where you get to know how fascinating William Buckley get to survive despite all the odds.
Before lunch, we stopped by Kennett River to check out one of the most iconic animals, Koalas and Australia’s native Parrots, Lorikeets and even Kookaburra.
These are the lunch we had at the Iluka Restaurant in Apollo Bay. And after our hearty lunch, we went to Maits Rest Rainforest. Situated in the Otway Rainforest you will see some of the tallest Eucalyptus Trees in Australia.
The drive along Port Campbell National Park where the well-known, magnificent 12 Apostles is situated is definitely another scenic stretch where you could see wild seascapes and lush greenery with goats and horses. P.S If you want to prevent the crowd and have the best view, visit during the golden hour such as sunrise or sunset! If you would love to enjoy the view from above, you could also go for a helicopter ride.
After that, we went to Loch Ard Gorge, which situated at the stretch of coast which is renowned for its collection of shipwrecks due to rough waves and indeterminable ocean. This place is definitely my favourite as there are many routes to discover, ranging from the geology of the region on a 900m return walk along the coastline to the limestone cliffs.
Before heading back to Melbourne, we went Gibson’s Steps which are carved into the limestone cliff face to view the 12 Apostles from the Beach.
And I’m very grateful to witness a gorgeous sunset on our way back.
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