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.
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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....
Managed to wangle a free day, hired a car and drove out of Melbourne and along the Great Coast Rd to Apollo bay, fantastic. Beautiful sunshine, many many empty and golden beaches, just has to be one of the nicest drives.
Retrospectively picked up a speeding ticket (doing 50mph in a 50 kph zone). Now I'm all for speed restictions but the $250 dollar fine + a Months ban was just hilariously overkill.......
One of nature's work of art is the Twelve Apostles.
The Twelve Apostles are giant rock stacks that rise majestically from the Southern Ocean and are the central feature of the rugged Port Campbell National Park.
The Twelve Apostles are the remnants from constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland that began 10–20 million years ago. The stormy Southern Ocean and blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs. The caves eventually became arches and when they collapsed rock stacks up to 45 metres high were left isolated from the shore.
Sunrise and sunset offer particularly impressive views as the Twelve Apostles change colour from dark and foreboding in shadow to brilliant sandy yellow under a full sun.
Powerful and majestic would be how I describe the Great Ocean Road.
Bells Beach is internationally famous not only as a great surf beach but also supposedly the beach where Patrick Swayze did his last surf with Keanu Reeves in the movie, "Point Break". But alas, the scene was actually filmed in the USA!
Take a trip along the Great Ocean Road and discover one of the many natural wonders of the world - the famous and breathtaking collection of natural rock sculptures of the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge and the Loch Arc Gorge.
Traveling the Great Ocean Road is truly a must. You can only feel the enormity and experience the awe inspiring beauty of the natural limestone rock formations of the 12 apostles by seeing it for yourself. Truly one of the greatest natural wonders on Earth!
I have been to Great Ocean Road twice. 1st time by day tour which cost about AUS$100, 2nd time by car.
Total return trip to Great Ocean Road will be about 12 hrs.
By car will be more and easy..will need at least 10 hrs...
its worth spending a day trip to Great Ocean Rd...
When touring the Great Ocean Road, a quick stop at Logan's Beach in Warrnambool can be worthwhile (during season, which is Australian winter) for Southern Right Whales. The area is a whale nursery, and the whales are often visible from the beach.
Tower Hill State Game Reserve is an extinct sunken volcano that is home large numbers of wild, but easily observed, Koalas, Emus, and Eastern Grey Kangaroos, among other wildlife. Just a few kilometers off the Great Ocean Road, the reserve is easily visited as part of self-guided tour of the Great Ocean Road. Failing that, at least one tour company, Ride Tours, which does an excellent 2-day Great Ocean Road tour, visits Tower Hill as part of its tour package.
A tour of the Great Ocean Road is incomplete without catching a sunset at the Twelve Apostles, yet almost none of the day tours from Melbourne include it in their itineraries. One tour that does is the superb 2-day Great Ocean Road tour run by Ride Tours. In addition to getting to witness an amazing sunset, an experience which is heightened by a cold beer or a good Australian wine, you also will see the parade of Little Penguins returning from the sea at dusk to their beachside burrows.