Great Ocean Road, Melbourne
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.
One of the best views of the Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles comes from above. Eight-minute helicopter tours over the Twelve Apostles cost a mere $60 and are well worth it if conditions are favorable. The best time is probably early in the morning when lighting is most favorable.
One of the things that most people visiting Melbourne do at one time or another is tour the Great Ocean Road. Self-guided tours offer the most flexibility, but whoever is driving will end up missing out. Accordingly, most people opt to go on one of the day tours offered by the various tour companies. Most of these tours offer identical itineraries, covering approximately 600 kilometers in one day over the course of 14 to 15 hours. Because the itineraries are the same, this results in heaps of tourists all arriving at the same spots along the road at approximately the same time. An alternative is the excellent 2-day Great Ocean Road tour run by Ride Tours. This tour runs in the opposite direction from all the other tours, thereby hitting all the key spots at different times. Highlights of the tour not found on most of the other tours include sunset and early morning stops at the Twelve Apostles, a visit to Tower Hill State Game Reserve (which is teeming with wildlife), and an early morning visit to Loch Ard Gorge. You also have an optional $60 helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles in the excellent light of early morning. The guide is extremely friendly and knowledgeable and, because the tours are relatively small, you end up actually getting to know the other tourists. In the end, it seems more like a mate is showing you and some friends the Great Ocean Road than it does a tour.
The Great Ocean Road is about 300km long and has many secrets and beauties to offer:
be it the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Caves and the wreck, London Bridge, or simply the many
hidden waterfalls in the national parks, the walking treks, the endlessly long sandbeaches,
the spellbinding views from the high cliffs, wonderful romantic evenings etc.
This must be one of the world greatest coastal drives. Pass thru bell beach, home of the world surfing changomship. Stopover at Lorne for lunch break. A small town but nice. We continue the journey to the famous 12 Apostles, to Loch Ard and to London Bridge. Finally it was evening and we have a stopover at Port Campbell, a charming fishing village and a lovely holiday resort.....
We took almost 100 photos there.
The driving journey is long and will be better to travel by coach. APT, AATKing, Grayline are all popular travel coach and can be book at Swanson street.
If you don't have much time and don't know anyone who is staying here for a long time then the best way to enjoy Great Ocean Road is to take a day-long guided tour. Couple of operators are operating tours on this road. Along with a group of around 30 people you'll be travelling along the road for about 5/6 hours and stop at different exotic locations for 10-15 min at each places. 'Twelve Apostles' is the most amazing place
If you manage to have someone who knows the Great Ocean Road very well, then you may also rent a car and drive yourself. And if you have couple of days to spare then it is also possible to do camping.
The Great Ocean Road is a nice day trip to do from Melbourne. If you are interested in seeing the Twelve Apostles and don't want to rent a car then do it this way. The trip is a very long day, usually leaving about 8am and returning about 9p.
I love going down to the Great Ocean Rd. It's a favourite place to take interstate or overseas visitors.
The scenery is spectacular whether it's summer or the middle of winter. It's beautiful on a clear sunny day but just as great if it's a miserable cold day in winter.
The road has improved over the years but it's still quite windy and of course hilly. Care does need to be taken, especially on the bends. Watch out for those buses!!
There are lots of opportunities for photo taking. Make sure you stop at the turn out bays, good time to stretch the legs and marvel at the scenery.
The 12 Apostles are a highlight of the drive along the Great Ocean Rd.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD
We stopped at Torquay, there are many outlet stores here of Billabong, Roxy, Ripcurl and Quicksilver as these are their homebase as it is the surfing capital of melbourne if I am not mistaken. We had some great shots of Bells beach. We stopped for lunch at Lorne, I thought it was a big town but to my surprise there was nowhere to eat except for fish & chips. We arrived 12 apostles at around 3pm but the weather did not permit me to shoot beautiful sunset shots but i was still able to get some beautiful shots. On the way back, we passed by the freeway at the backend and was able to reach geelong in 1 1/2 hrs.
About four hours' drive from Melbourne is one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. The Great Ocean Road is a stretch of coast with breathtaking cliffs and rock formations formed by erosion of soft limestone cliffs over the centuries.
The most famous landmark along the Great Ocean Road is the Twelve Apostles at Port Campbell. Looming up to 70 metres above sea level, these limestone rocks give a sense of awe to the visitor. You won’t see 12 of these rock formations all at once, as they say some may be hidden from view from any of the vantage points. Some say as well that there are no longer 12 rock formations, because one or two (or as many as five) may have been eroded away. Then there are the other rock formations such as London Bridge (which, of course, is falling down)
To visit the Twelve Apostles, you must set off early in the morning as it takes about four hours each way. This will give you ample time to take in the sights and to go down to the beach if you want to.
Along TheGreat Ocean Road, you will see some of the best scenery in Australia. There are various towns along they way in which you can stop at the various beaches, or do some shopping. Surf boards, body boards, etc are for hire along the way. There are also some good accommodation options along the way. There are plenty of activites for people of all ages to participate in.
One of the highlights which is away from the coastal area is the Rainforest Walk.
The guide pointed us to all the different trees in the rainforest. I have a pic taken with this giant tree.
We manage to catch the Kola Bear resting on a tree.
This is the gate way to Great Ocean Road.
The sign just behind me is the starting point to a breathtaking view of the coastal road.
We are going to climb up the "Great Ocean Road" gate to have a pic.
London Bridge is falling down falling down falling down
London Bridge is falling down .......
London Bridge is on the western side of Port Campbell along the Great Ocean Road. In 1990 the centre span collapsed. Two visitors had just crossed the arch and had to be rescued by helicopter from the isolated outcrop.
The Twelve Apostles are the main icons of the Great Ocean Road.
These giant rock are located at the Port Campbell National Park that extends from Princetown to Peterborough.
The magnificant limestone cliffs are the backdrop to the Apostles which stands up to 70 metres while the tallest of the stack of rocks is around 45 metres high.