Continuing from last years Essential Australia series, we now move onto what is to me the highlight of the state of Victoria, the Great Ocean Road.
Appropriately named the Great Ocean Road is probably Australia’s most iconic road, stretching 243 km along the south-east coast between Torquay (just below Melbourne) and Allansford.
As you would expect from such a name, the route takes you through some of Australia’s most dramatic coastal scenery. Every corner feels like a photographic postcard, it’s a place of beauty, wonder and adventure. For us it encapsulated the whole air of freedom and the excitement of the journey ahead.
The route has many great attractions, however its most well-known is the Twelve Apostles. This well known Australian site is a formation of natural limestone stacks dotted off the cliff face. The proximity to one another makes for an incredible photographic location especially at sundown, where the tide is high and still to this very day batters the coastline.
The 12 Apostles are not the only natural rock formations, the coastline is packed full of them. With natural arches, hidden bays and caves littering parts of the coastline it is an explorer’s dream. Some come with stories of pirates, sunken galleons and dramatic stories, all which add to the splendor of the road.
The road also comes close to some of Australia’s best surfing beaches, including the iconic Bells Beach home of the Rip Curl Pro championship. These are not surfing locations for beginners, with strong currents, the risk of great whites and some incredible swirl. However a day on the beach watching the experts as they tackle some of the best surf in the world is never a bad experience.
The road also bypasses a number of beautiful villages and towns, all worth a visit for sensational seafood and beautiful tranquil views. This is also a great place to witness one of Australia’s most iconic inhabitants in the wild – the Koala. Not usually visible in many top tourist destinations experiencing one of these in the wild is truly magnificent.
What the Great Ocean Road is, is a place of inspiration, where the natural beauty of the world is on display on a daily basis! There are few roads in the world that compare.
If you are planning to visit Australia – make sure you include this dramatic drive in your schedule, its a true memory maker.
- Please see the Essential Australian series on A Wandering Memory below: