When you’re in the state of Victoria, the Great Ocean Road is a must! It’s one of the worlds most scenic coastal drives, stretching 243km along the southern coast of Victoria, west of Melbourne. It’s not just a stretch of road, there are plenty of beautiful look-outs and not to mention the picturesque rock formations!
Best Way To Do It
In my personal opinion, hiring a car or camper van and travelling along the road at your own leisure is the best way to take it in. You have the option of 1 day tours, 2 and 3 day tours but they can be quite expensive, ranging from anywhere between $90 and $500! By doing a tour, you may be cancelling out the self driving but you aren’t guaranteed to see everything along the way. By hiring a car or camper van, you can stop at your own leisure and enjoy the view the whole way.
Must See Places
The Twelve Apostles is the most famous part of the Great Ocean Road and is definitely a must see! If you can make it there for sunset or sunrise, then I would highly recommend doing so – it’s absolutely magical. Then you also have the Loch Ard Gorge, only a short drive west of the Twelve Apostles. This gorge is home to a beautiful beach, enclosed by large cliffs. The Grotto is another must see on the road. An arch that nature has carved away at to create one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever seen. Apollo Bay is a beautiful little town that you could stop for a rest, lunch or dinner. Have a wee walk around and enjoy your day at the beach or park. There are plenty more places to see but these were definitely my highlights!
Wildlife Along The Way
There is plenty of wildlife along the Great Ocean Road. It covers a huge percentage of the coast line and is home to a variety of animals! At Grey River Road, there is a high chance of seeing Koalas! Everybody wants to see a koala, they are just too cute. Of course there is also a chance you can see kangaroos, they are everywhere! If you’re lucky, you might even be able to spot a platypus at some points. Don’t forget to look into the sky and try spot as many bird species as you can, there are so many! There are even cockatoos at Apollo Bay, some of the biggest ones I’ve ever seen!
We done our Great Ocean Road road trip over the course of 4 days. Mind you, we did include The Grampians National Park as well but I’ll save that for the next post! In the mean time, check out my photos from the The Great Ocean Road down below.
Have you ever done the Great Ocean Road? How did you do it and what other ‘must-see’ attractions would your recommend?
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