While we were in the middle of renovating our 90 year old two bedroom workers cottage, we decided we needed a break and decided to head to Melbourne for 12 days. We were sick of the neighbours looking at us like freaks every time we washed up our dishes in a bucket in the front yard! And I was slightly sick of cooking dinner on the floor in the one bedroom that we were living out of at the time. Plus it was time for our bathroom to get ripped out in place of a new one and I wasn’t going to go without a shower for a week so off we headed to the airport. Part of our trip to Melbourne included a 3 day trip along the Great Ocean Road.
After spending a few days in Melbourne, soaking up the cafe dwelling, coffee drinking vibe and eating at some amazing restaurants ( I highly recommend Gingerboy) we jumped in our hire car and headed to the Great Ocean Road which is is about a 3 hours drive from Melbourne to Apollo Bay which is where we were stayed for the 1st night. The great Ocean Road basically starts around Torquay and you follow the coastline passed Bells Beach (the famous surfing beach that they talk about in the movie Point Break). This is also the beach that all the surfing stars like Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Gabriel Mendina compete at in the Rip Curl Pro every year. It is renowned for massive waves and its has an A-grade surf break.
Some other coastal towns along the way are Lorne, Angelsea and Appolo Bay which are all beautiful. We decided to stay the night in Apollo Bay because we were making a detour the next morning into the Otway National Park to see Hopetoun Falls which didn’t disappoint.
From here it was back to the Great Ocean Road for some more spectacular scenery. The coastline is completely rugged and beautiful all at the same time.
By the time we had reached the twelve apostles the weather had turned bleak, cold, with gale force winds and rain. We checked into our accommodation at Port Campbell which is the closest town to the 12 Apostles and waited to see if the weather would pass which it didn’t but we did find an old school Frogger/Pacman machine that gave us some fun for the afternoon! Pacman was my favourite when I was a kid!
The next day we woke up to much better conditions weather wise so we headed back to the Twelve Apostles to spend the day exploring the area.
And hung around for sunset which was a beautiful one which brought everyone out to see it. There was hardly a spare space along the viewing platform.
And that wraps up The Great Ocean Road in 72 hours. I would love to go back and spend some more time exploring this whole area as it was so breathtakingly raw and beautiful but I love the time that we did spend there. Victoria is such an amazing state of Australia. I was blown away by the beauty that can be found down there and look forward to the next trip!
Have you been to The Great Ocean Road? What was your experience like? I would love to know, so leave a comment below!
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