Great Ocean Road, Melbourne
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.
My favourite part of the Great Ocean Road is the Loch Ard Gorge.
It was very beautiful.
There is a story on how Tom saved a lady by the name of Eva in a shipwreck. They were the only survivor but did not meet each other after the incident. Tom became a Captin eventually.
The Great Ocean Road is one of the attractions that you must visit when you are in Melbourne.
Many will sign up for a day trip where the van or coach will drive you along the coastline for the whole day.
There are few stops that we made along the Great Ocean Road. You can even take a helicopter ride that will fly you down to the Apostles to have a closer look at them.
The Great Ocean Road follows the dramatically beautiful and varied south west Victorian coast, winding along breathtaking cliff faces, pastoral scenes of rich green hills to the magnificence of the Otway Ranges and the 12 Apostles.
At the heart of the Great Ocean Road are the charming coastal towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne etc. Here you will find top-notch cafes and restaurants, unique shops and accommodation. Also worth mentioning are Port Campbell & Port Fairy, both less crowded than Apollo Bay & Lorne.
For much of the way the road clings to the coastline, twisting and turning, with every bend revealing a sight more spectacular than the last. See the grand architecture where the ocean has carved mighty arches, caverns and coves from the rock. Then follow its trail past soothing estuaries and gentle bays.
For those of you interested in the Great Ocean Road it's easier to look-up the towns along the road itself: Torquay, Anglesea, Apollo Bay, Cape Otway, Port Campbell, Warrnambool and then after the Great Ocean Road is Port Fairy.
Whilst in Melbourne, my brother suggested that we take a day tour to the Great Ocean Road. It was a decision we never regret, to this day, the sights of the Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles, the "London Bridge" etc were still firmly etched in our memories. The myriad of colours of the water, the weathered cliffs and rocks, all these were unforgettable.
For more pictures, you can check out my travelogue.
My advice: take more pictures!
Originally we allowed 3 days to drive Melbourne > Great Ocean Road > Melbourne. This would be sufficient time, only we had the luxury of taking our time (if needed) and ended up stopping at every 2nd lookout, walking to every waterfall, up every mountain and taking every opportunity to take our trusty rental car offroad (ssshhh... don't tell Avis rental cars!)
First of all, best to go by car. So if you don't have one, rent one. You will get the best rates on the internet. Don't pick-up from the airport, it is more expensive. There are about 3 major rental car companies next to each other in the city centre, very easy to find. Budget, Avis & Thrifty. Check out their website, rates, conditions, insurance, kilometers etc.
If you are really short on time, you could do it all in two days, one night. But who wants to rush a holiday? Ideally, allow 3-5 days.
We overnighted in
******* stay tuned, to be continued....
Along the Great Ocean Road, you will be able to see the "London Bridge" rock formation, formed after millions of years of erosion y the sea. The london bridge used to be connected to the mainland, butb that section collasped many years ago.
We signed up for a one day tour of the Great Ocean Road & Phillip Island. In this tour, we are driven by a minibus along the coastline, taking in views of magnificant cliffs, bay and rock formation along the way. Here is a photo of a beautiful bay along the great ocean road.
The Great Ocean Road is one of the world's greatest driving experience and if your like me who's content to driving around and soaking up the scenery this a must for you. While driving the 175km road you will notice the turbulent waves of the Southern coean which sculpted the coast's stone formation but at the same time sent many sailors to their watery death. Ok it may sound grim but the road goes through a lot of nice little villages, awesome beach communities and national parks. Just what makes a good road trip.
When I visited the twelve apostles the lookout was cordoned off due to new fence railing being installed on one side of the walkway access. This meant (after jumping over the barrier) that I had the whole lookout to myself except for one guy a bit further down who had hidden himself from view.
The Twelve Apostles promote peace and thoughtfulness (despite the roaring wind), this is one of those great scenic spots, the highlight of the journey along the Great Ocean Road.
Those who love driving will be delighted to travel along Great Ocean Road, which provides look-out points wherever there are great sights to see. The road is windy at times but the traffic are light and the sights fantastic. We stopped over at Apollo Bay for the night and enjoyed a very peaceful sleep with the sound of unending waves hitting the shore. With the cool autumn in the air, it is hard to get up in the morning. Breakfast is hard to find at Apollo Bay unless you take bread...
Just after Apollo Bay, there is a small pond where a colony of sea-gulls and other seabirds thrive. Just watching them looking for food and flying around took us hours before we embarked on the scenic drive....
We reached the Apostles eventually and the sights and sounds worth the efforts taken to drive there. The wind was strong and we were careful not to let our clothes and caps swept away....
The 12 Apostles are a series of giant limestone rock stacks that rise from the Ocean. Unfortunately by the time we reached them there was a hailstorm and gale force winds. However, we're British, and if there's one thing we can cope with it's rain, so we braved the conditions and even managed to get a few snaps of the famous 12 Apostles. Not quite the same as the lovely postcard images you see in the shops but it makes us chuckle when we see it.
I've played a bit of golf in my time and had to contend with various water traps, ditches, bunkers etc. But at Anglesea Golf Club they must have the ultimate deterrent to going into the rough, herds of Kangaroos. The Kangaroos were there before the Golf Course, and have seen no reason to leave. It's not easy getting near them, but it's well worth the detour from the Ocean Road to see them. I wonder what the penalty is for a ball in the pouch !?!?
The Great Ocean Road starts about an hours drive from Melbourne in the town of Torquay, and stretches along way down the coast to Geelong. On the way it takes in some stunning coastal scenery (12 Apostles), some quaint seaside towns (Torquay, Lorne), long deserted sandy beaches (Anglesea, Lorne) and amazing wildlife (Koalas, Parrots, Kangaroos). Guide books recommend doing the tour over a couple of days, but as time was limited we did it in a day, and although it was quite tiring, it can be done and hey you can always sleep when you get home !
This is another view of The 12 Apostles when we were there. There just happened to be a thunder storm blowing in so half the area was sunny and the other half was darkening up. We got out of there before the rains came!
This is definitely a whole day's trip, but the variety of scenery is very impressive.