One of the most popular activities to do when visiting Victoria/Melbourne is to drive the Great Ocean Road. The winding coastal drive between Torquay and Warrnambool (or Port Campbell if you do the one day trip (which costs around 100 USD) takes you through surf towns, National Parks, and like the rugged splendour of the Twelve Apostles that has made the drive so famous.
You can do one day, two days trips however if I were to do it again I would hire a car and do the drive myself. However remember –
Though you don’t have a guide there is enough information out there to ensure you are not lost and can take in the beauty of the sites in your own sweet time.
Historically The Great Ocean Road was built as a work project for veterans returning from World War I and was completed in 1932. The core of the Great Ocean Road, highway B100 from Torquay to Allansford near Warrnambool, runs for 243 kilometres.
Most tours starts at the world-famous Bells Beach, host of the World Surfing Championships.
This is also where Ripcurl originated from.
If hiking is more your cup of tea, Anglesea provides a variety of beach and cliff hikes which all end in beautiful views down the coast. Or if you are a foodie then Lorne is the place to visit with fresh seafood coming straight from the sea to the your belly.
Apollo Bay is the next stop and is a small coastal town that allows you to have a nice stop for lunch whilst experiencing an authentic Aussie seaside experience…
At the end of the day trip you will head to Port Cambell National Park with its centre piece the World Famous Twelve Apostles which provides a fitting climax to the Journey
Jutting out from the ocean in spectacular fashion, these rocky stacks stand like they’ve been abandoned to the ocean by the retreating headland. Today only seven apostles can be seen from a network of viewing platforms connected via timber boardwalks around the clifftops. Around the area, there is some beautiful beaches and areas to explore…
There’s pedestrian access to the viewing platforms from the car park at the 12 Apostles Visitor Centre (more a kiosk and toilets than info centre) via a tunnel beneath the Great Ocean Road.
Some say the best time to visit is sunset, , for the views and also to see little penguins returning from ashore. Sightings vary, but generally they arrive 30 minutes after sunset. You’ll need binoculars, which can be borrowed from the Port Campbell Visitor Centre
I would strongly recommend the helicopter ride to appreciate the views –
If I was to do it again, I would make sure I go to Split Point Light House located outside of Airey’s Inlet (If you’ve ever heard of the popular 90′s Australian TV show called Around the Twist you’ll want to make a stop at the Split Point Light House as it is the one featured in every episode of the TV show)
Anyway enough for me today…