Great Ocean Road, Australia
Great ocean road is the highlight of any Australian road trip! Whether you do it in a car or campervan there are some really great places to see along the way, be sure to ask at each tourist information centre about free campsites and they will be more than happy to let you know! We will be doing a post about how we camping in our car and advice about camping very soon! Sit tight and be prepared for a post filled with pictures to inspire you to go!
Just before you get to torque there is a really famous beach called Bells beach, it is a poplar surfing beach. If you’re not a surfer yourself then you can stay nice and dry and get a great view of some of the best surfers in Victoria!
Anglesea is the official start of Great Ocean road, this is where you can get that famous snap of you stood underneath the sign just like the many people before you! There is a lovely little beach down the path in the car park, if you go in summer time it would be a nice place for a picnic or dip in the ocean.
Carrying on your dive towards Lorne you will find a waterfall called Eskrine Falls, it is down lots and lots of steps but it’s so worth visiting.
If you’re yet to see a wild koala like we were then go to Kennets River where they all hide in the eucalyptus trees, if you have eyes like a hawk like Dom does then you should be able to find them super easy! It was nice to see them in their own environment rather than a zoo and you might even spot a kangaroo.
On the beautiful drive along the coast make sure to stop off at Cape Patton, it’s a beautiful look out with some amazing history. As you drive you will pass a little creek called Carisbrook creek. Park up and take a short walk down to the beach, there you will find heaps of stacked stones, if you are feeling creative you might even want to build some yourself! We got very creative here and spent way too long stacking stones, it’s really addictive!
Apollo Bay has a wonderful tourist information centre with super helpful staff who will show you the best spots to camp and visit on your stay. We had a walk on the beach and went to find some ice-cream while we were there, it’s the most perfect little beach town. If you’re feeling active then drive up to Marriners look out and take a very steep walk up to the top to see beautiful views of Apollo Bay! We were lucky enough to get a gorgeous day while we were here and were so happy that we wandered up there.
If you do managed to get a spot at the free campsite then you will have direct access to Marriners waterfall! It’s easy walk and takes about 45 minutes to get there, but it’s so worth it.
Port Campbell/12 Apostles
One of the most famous spots on the great ocean road drive is the 12 apostles! They are caused by natural erosion of the limestone cliffs over hundreds of years. The best time to go and see the apostles is at sunset! The sunsets right behind them and lights the sky up beautiful colours (if you’re lucky!)
Once you’ve seen the 12 apostles be sure to check out the other rock formations near by, there are some really beautiful ones such as London bridge has fallen down, The Arch, Lord Ard Gorge and The Grotto. Make sure to go down Gibsons steps while you’re there, they will take you down onto the beach so you can see the 12 Apostles up close!
This is a spectacular place, we wanted to go since we saw pictures of it on Instagram! The trees are so large and wide they will tower above you. We loved walking through the forest feeling like time had forgotten us.
Tarrington is a cute little village that you may drive through on your drive towards Adelaide, they are well known for their very creative hay-bail art! Each year they hold a competition for the best hay-bail decoration, they are all on display in-front of the peoples homes as you drive down the street!
Bridgewater is home to a ‘petrified forest’ we drove a fair bit out of our way to see the blowhole and forest but wouldn’t really recommend it, the blow hole in Kiama was a lot better, and as for the ‘forest’ is said to have been caused by thousands of years of rainfall eroding the rock which has formed hollo tubes. We can’t admit that it’s not pretty cool anything that makes you feel like you’re on mars has to be good!
So there you have it, some of the best spots on the famous Great Ocean Road! We hope this is helpful for any of you planning a road trip, if you stay at any of these places or have done so before then please leave us a comment and let us know if there is anything we’ve missed!
Kay and Dom
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