Long weekend June of 2014, we ticked off another item on our travel bucketlist: driving down (part of) The Great Ocean Road, an Australian National Heritage listed road-touring route.
We didn’t really have any plans apart from booking an AirBNB apartment overlooking Docklands. But at the last minute, decided to hire a car and do a mini road trip to The Twelve Apostles.
We left Melbourne at 4am to avoid the flock of tourists on and off the road. And what a fabulous decision indeed! We enjoyed uninterrupted views and fantastic photo opportunities.
The Great Ocean Road is a great addition to your Australian road trip for these 9 reasons:
- It’s an Australian National Heritage listed stretch of road
- See the iconic limestone cliffs and crumbling pillars of the Twelve Apostles. Take a stroll along the timber viewing platforms and pathways that stretch as far and wide as the eye can see
- It’s only a few hours drive from Melbourne so it’s very accessible (4 hours to the Twelve Apostles)
- A chance to drive (or at least part of) the 243 kilometres stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia
- Experience Australian roads and watch the changing landscapes – from city, to country, to coastal views – all within a mere few hours
- Visit some of the isolated beaches and lighthouses in between the towns
- Take a rest stop in the small towns in-between – meet the locals, have a coffee, watch the sunset/sunrise and just breathe the fresh air
- Complete the Treetop Walk in the Otway rainforest (we skipped the zipline due to the tourist crowds)
- Did I mention there’s 243kms of road? We definitely need to go back to complete the entire route
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