The Great Ocean Road
Australia’s Great Ocean Road, the most tranquil section of coastal road you will ever drive. Meandering gracefully 373 kilometres along the sea front of Victoria this picture perfect road trip begins in Torquay, from here it’s twist and turns blows you away right up until to its eventual end in Nelson. This is a must do if you are in Australia do not be a fool a miss out!
We have some precious do’s and dont’s, top tips and handy hints that we have learnt along the way and those breath taking pictures I have been talking about. So hopefully this will give you some idea of what it is like to drive this truly epic road yourself.
The breath taking views from start to finish will make you feel as if you are living life inside a screen saver, around every corner is yet another jaw dropping mind bendingly beautiful photo opportunity. *So keep your camera close and get ready to pull over at every opportunity, trust me.
The self proclaimed surf capital of Australia is where we spent our first day and night. This easy going little surf town has a lovely buzz about it with good bars and restaurants, you will very quickly slip in beach mode. *After a day on the beach take yourself up to the top of the headland to watch the sun setting over the coast ahead and all of a sudden life has a new rose tinted glow around it.
The road from Torquay – Lorne
*Get up early and enjoy the morning activities of the wildlife around you and maybe ever a sunrise, but that might be pushing it.
Once your up you can start on the road again. We decided that our next camp was going to be in the town of Lorne down the road. This stretch of coast is home to one of the world most infamous surf breaks ‘bells beach’ a 15 minute detour off the GOR but well worth the drive, stunning cliffs that drop into a sea of blue *another must see.
Back on the Ocean road and we next found ourselves at the seafront town of Anglesea. Not a lot there but we *rented a couple of surfboards from ‘Go ride a wave’ and chilled out at ‘Main beach’ which was an ideal way to spend the day.
After sunning ourselves we made headway for our evening destination of Lorne a busy seaside settlement that is home to loads of individual surfer boutiques, café restaurants and loads of incredible *nature walk in the Great Otway national park. We did a morning trip to see *Erskine falls a short drive inside the national park a stunning drive through an ancient forest towering over you leading the way to the falls, once you are there, be careful as the rocks are slippy, I found out the hard way!
If you are a traveler on a budget be careful because this is the kind of place where you can spend money without knowing, everything from the ice creams on the beach to the cool surf shack on the boulevard are selling something that you will no doubt want. *So be thrifty and remember there is more to come.
Keep you eyes pealed for next weeks post ‘Adelaide and onwards’.