THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD ADVENTURE

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Published on November 03, 2019 with No Comments

Nothing like an old-fashioned road trip to take in the sights and experiences of a holiday. Our recommendation? If you’re heading to Australia, get behind the wheels for its most iconic drive: The Great Ocean Road.

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Melbourne’s charming with its vibrant cultural and trendy food scene but if you’re after a unique getaway that’s different from your usual holiday itinerary, we suggest going on a road trip to The Great Ocean Road. Travel through picturesque seaside villages, see wildlife, walk through rainforest and of course, the highlight of the trip – coming face-to-face with the Twelve Apostles. Ready to start driving? Here’s our suggestion for a quick but memorable three-day adventure.

DAY 1: START DRIVING
MELBOURNE TO APOLLO BAY
DISTANCE: 187 KILOMETRES | DRIVING TIME: 2.5 HOURS
Your trip begins out of Melbourne and into Apollo Bay where along the way you will take in stunning cliff top views overlooking Australia’s iconic surf location Bells Beach. Don’t forget to make a pitstop at Split Point Lighthouse in Aireys Inlet where you’ll have the most amazing views over Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary and Great Ocean Road. For more stunning views, head to Teddy’s Lookout in Lorne where in June right through August, you’ll spot schools of humpback and southern right whales making their migration journey. Make sure you have enough batteries on your camera as you’ll be taking even more photos when you arrive at Marriners Lookout.

DAY 2: WILDLIFE SPOTTING
APOLLO BAY TO PORT FAIRY
DISTANCE: 189 KILOMETRES | DRIVING TIME: NEARLY 3 HOURS
See remote rainforest, coastal scenery, wildlife and mainland Australia’s oldest lighthouse at Cape Otway. You won’t want to miss the magnificent Otway Fly Treetop Walk – this is the world’s tallest and longest treetop walk where you’ll experience a bird’s eye view of the magnificent Otway Ranges rainforest. Plan to spend at least an hour here for a satisfying experience.

Today is also the highlight of your trip where you’ll come face-to-face with the natural wonders Twelve Apostles as well as Gibson Steps, Lord Ard Gorge and London Arch. Aim to take a break and enjoy the quaint seaside charge of the Port Campbell village. Into history? You won’t regret exploring Warrnambool’s Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, home to Australia’s richest shipwreck collection. Or if Australia’s wildlife creatures are what you’re here for, make your way to the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve for some koala, emu and kangaroo spotting.

DAY 3: BACK TO MELBOURNE
PORT FAIRY TO MELBOURNE
DISTANCE: 286 KILOMETRES | DRIVING TIME: 3.5 HOURS
Time to head back to Melbourne but not without some pitstops along the way. View cultural displays and aboriginal crafts at Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre back at the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve if you didn’t make it on Day Two. Then for the final panoramic view this stretch of road has to offer, stop by Camperdown’s Mount Leura Lookout for sweeping views of volcanic peaks and lakes. Before you arrive at Melbourne, turn off to Winchelsea, a small town that is home to early colonial buildings. Finally, back in Melbourne, end your road trip with a well-deserved meal at one of Southbank Promenade’s riverside restaurants.

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