We booked GO WEST tours for this one. Of all the scenery we saw this Australian trip, our Great Ocean Road trip was the most beautiful and breathtaking. We started at the famous surfing site of Bells Beach (no surf today) and ended at Loch Ard Gorge just past the Twelve Apostles. We had a couple of short visits to Otway National Park to see the rainforest and to the town of Apollo Bay for lunch. It was a lovely day out.
While in the Melbourne area don't miss a chance to see or even better yet, drive the Great Ocean Road. Certainly one of the top things to do/see in Australia.
try to see sunset out there as well. Amazing!
If you visit Melbourne, you must keep one full day for Great Ocean Road. This beautiful coastal drive will be something you will always remember. There are regular daily departures from Melbourne by many travel agents. Most of them have the same itinerary, just the size of the shuttle and some additional services like lunch may differ. The price per person is about 120 AUD including lunch. You can check out the website of the tour company we used. After departure from Melbourne, you visit Bells Beach, Otways Rainforest, Apollo Bay, Port Campbell National Park including 12 Apostles, Loch Arde Gorge and London Bridge. During the stops and along the way, you are likely to see local kangaroos and koalas. You will be back in Melbourne about 9 pm. It may seem a bit expensive but believe me this shouldn't be missed. You can check out more pictures from Great Ocean Road in my personal album on my VT homepage.
Officially starting in Torquay and gradually winding its way along the stunning coastline to Warrnambool, the Great Ocean Road is a gorgeous destination to take in a truly breathtaking slice of Australia. At roughly 255 kilometres long, you can comfortably do the trip within 4 hours without stopping - although you should break the trip up into several days to really appreciate the scenery, soak up the hospitality in the country towns and indulge in some of the fabulous food along the way. For a detailed map of the route with loads of tips with important stops along the way including cafes, restaurants, accommodation and landmarks see UrWurld.com for a free info.
This is one thing you should never missed out when travelling to Melbourne. Drive along the coastal area to the Great Ocean Road. The view is magnificent. Stop by the neighbouring small towns and you will find little surprises along the way.
You really hadn't visited Melbourne if you have not visited the Great Ocean Road.
This is a MUST.
To read more, please access the Great Ocean Road write-ups on my IMPREXXION: PORT CAMPBELL pages.
Ocean Road is unquestionably one of Australia’s most impressive stretches of road.
The most famous attraction is the Twelve Apostles, which caused quite a stir last July when one of the Apostles collapsed into a pile of rubble. There are still eight of the rock formations rising from the Southern Ocean in one of the most spectacular natural wonders you'll see.
Go west from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road. Where you can experience some great scenes like, London Bridge, The Arch and the Twelve Apostles (or eleven since one of them collapsed a few years ago, actually if you look picture from the apostles, the closest one is the one that collapsed).
There are 3 pictures on this tip. Enjoy!
The drive is glorious and if I can do it anyone can. If you drive carefully you will have no problem driving on this winding road. Stop as much as you like and you can because the views are truly amazing.
Getting out of Melbourne is no problem at all as the roads are well signposted and then once on the open road be prepared to be in awe at every corner...
A must Visit place to see the spectacular 12 Apostles (Now left 9)....
Glorious at dusk and dawn these giant rock stacks are a central feature of the spectacular Port Campbell National Park. The forces of nature gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs which became arches and when they collapsed, rock islands as high as 45 metres were left isolated from the shore.
The place is best visited by car as you can take your time to take stops along the coastal road and take in the mesmerizing view of the ocean... It is very cold by the sea so it's better to take some warm clothings before you embark on the journey.. Spend 1 full day here and spend a night in town so that you dont rush your road trip... It's worth your time & money spent!
The Great Ocean Road is 160 miles of breathtaking scenery. The road was built in the 1930's as a memorial to the servicemen of World War I and caresses the cliff tops of this rugged coastline.
Be amazed, Be Very Amazed....
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