Rejoice as the circuit breaker measures are about to be lifted! That being said, as we progressively move towards the ‘new normal’, we are provided a glimmer of hope of travelling again in the near-future. There are a thousand and one things to think about when it comes to drawing up an itinerary, but fret not as we offer you the perfect marriage of cars and travelling – Road tripping in the land down under.
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Hailed as one of the best driving roads in the world, the impressive Great Ocean Road located in Victoria offers not just amazing views but has a rich history to it. Built as a permanent memorial in 1919 to those who lost their lives in World War I, 3000 soldiers who returned constructed the road that hugs the southeastern coast – Beginning at Torquay (Melbourne’s southwest) and ending westward at Allansford, spanning 243 kilometres.
Cruising down the Great Ocean Road provides us sheer driving pleasure along the scenic coasts and through the most epic rainforest, but that is not all, as stopping over to explore the iconic landmarks along the way will allow you to fully immerse yourself. Buckle up and let’s go!
1. Bells Beach
One of Australia’s most popular surfers’ paradise, Bells Beach is located near the beginning of the journey. Be sure to stop by for a little and relax or even have a go at the water sports available. It will definitely be tempting for you to lay on your back and enjoy the breeze, but you have a long way to go!
2. Aireys Inlet
An iconic landmark on your trip lands you at the Split Point Lighthouse. Remember to snap a few selfies and wefies at this beautiful sightseeing spot or you could take a guided tour up the lighthouse.
3. Great Otway National Park
Nature-lovers ahoy! This enormous national park makes up a huge part of the Great Ocean Road, covering 103,000 hectares of age-old rainforests, immaculate beaches, glorious waterfalls, spectacular coastline and natural heathland. Let yourself wander to appreciate mother nature’s beauty.
4. Apollo Bay
Another beach that calls out to you is the Apollo Bay. Kick back and watch the sunset after a long day.
5. The Grotto
Liven up your road trip by beginning a new day visiting The Grotto. The seemingly endless winds of Australia along with the crashing waves have naturally formed the picturesque rocks on The Grotto. They are truly nature’s fine masterpieces!
6. Loch Ard Gorge
Featured as one of the most scenic spots on the Great Ocean Road drive, the Loch Ard Gorge is a sandy beach between cliffs and is protected as a Historic Shipwreck – happened in the 19th-century with a merchant sailing ship which left only 2 survivors. An interesting story beholds this beautiful spot. Avoid tour crowds by visiting during sunrise or sunset.
7. Twelve Apostles & Gibsons Steps
Saving the best sightseeing spot for the last, the Twelve Apostles, which you definitely cannot miss on your Great Ocean Road trip. The inimitable Twelve Apostles are naturally formed limestones, about 45 metres tall, located on the Shipwreck Coast, which is undeniably the most stunning. Situated on the rugged coastline, the remaining eight of the apostles offer you impressive views at sunrise and sunset.
While you are there, take the 86 steps down to the beach and be dwarfed by the towering cliff lines.
After a long drive along the meandering Great Ocean Road, take comfort in Warrnambool, the renowned coastal city for whale-watching. These marine creatures come by the Logans Beach yearly in June and September to give birth. So take your chance to catch them live in action!
It is no surprise that the Great Ocean Road is a World Heritage site given the numerous amazing scenic spots it offers (even our top picks do not do justice). Allow yourself the time to tootle down the Great Ocean Road that is over 80 years old. To make the best out of your road trip experience, ensure that you reserve the right set of wheels in advance and set aside at least 3 days to explore the Great Ocean Road!
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Lastly, it is essential for you to check out the weather and your preferred season for a more enjoyable trip on the world’s largest war memorial. Quick tip for you: If you are driving in one direction, be sure to start off from Torquay so that you are on the ocean side of the road and not miss out any of the scenic beauty!