An opportunity to tour the Great Ocean Road was the main reason I was so excited to visit Australia for a second time within such a short amount of time (7 months, to be exact). You can do a day-long bus tour from Melbourne all the way to the famous Twelve Apostles and back, but I wanted to take my sweet time and be able to make spontaneous stops along the way since that’s more my travel style, so I rented a car and made it a two-day trip. Here are the highlights of the beautiful Great Ocean Road:
Bell’s Beach, famous surf beach and home of the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival
A spontaneous stop to get a closer look at this otherworldly beauty of the Great Ocean Road (one of many reasons to avoid the tour bus)
The highlight of the Great Ocean Drive, the 12 Apostles. I saw these beauties at sunset…
…and again the next morning via helicopter!
We stayed the night in Port Fairy, about another hour’s drive past the 12 Apostles. You could stay closer to Port Campbell near the 12 Apostles if you didn’t want to do so much driving, but I loved waking up in this charming little port town. I even made a local fisherman friend with an Aussie accent so thick he might as well have been speaking Nepalese, but I understood his hand gestures well enough to have him point out a nearby seal sitting in the water staring at me.
Loch Ard Gorge, named after the clipper ship that ran aground here in 1878, leaving only two survivors stranded on this beach.
Another highlight of the drive, Teddy’s Lookout:
Where to eat & drink along the way:
Maid’s Pantry Brunchbar (Anglesea)
Cumberland Milk Bar (Lorne)
Sandy Feet Cafe (Apollo Bay)