Great Ocean Road roadtrip
We have regularly talked about driving some of the great ocean road every time we visit Melbourne, and seeing the 12 apostles but nothing has ever come from it. We’re always too busy in Melbourne CBD eating and drinking our way around the city! We finally decided it was time to road trip, Wow is all I can say about this coastline.
We based our selves out of Lorne for 2 nights, I had been to Lorne a number of times before with family, but Mr. hadn't had the pleasure. Lorne is beautiful and the beaches remind me more of our west coast but the landscape couldn't be more different. We arrived late afternoon and decided to explore Lorne a little, walking the jetty and beach while meeting some of the locals fishing before calling it a day and settling for burgers at 'Bottle of Milk' which were great, highly recommend if you're ever in Lorne.
The next day we set off early to see Erskine falls, if you haven’t been already I would strongly suggest visiting, a little oasis only km’s from the beach. There wasn’t much water when we were there which meant we were able to walk down the river/creek and beyond to capture some beautiful photos. I’d love to go back in winter to see what it looks like with a lot of water. The stairs are a killer on the way back to the car- don't say I didn't warn you.
That afternoon we set off to see the 12 apostles, as we wound our way along the great ocean road the views are truly breathtaking, the rugged cliffs straight into the ocean in contrast to the national park on the other side are truly something to be seen, the photos don't do it justice. We de-toured through the Great Otway National Park to see if we could find the Californian redwoods, but after trekking through dirt roads and many stern words exchanged we gave up on the quest for the redwoods and headed straight for the 12 apostles.
You can see why people make the trip to see this amazing coastline and landmark. When we initially got to the car park of the 12 apostles there were heaps of tour buses arriving. In some photo locations it was hard to move and I suggested we come back for sunset. We kept driving and visited London bridge, the grotto and a few others. I couldn’t believe how hardly anyone stuck around for sunset at the 12 apostles, maybe its because you have to meander the great ocean road back during the dark depending on where you are staying for the night. Driving back to Lorne through the dairy farms is beautiful but I have to say that I would not recommend driving the great ocean road at night. Knowing that there was another bend around the other and the steep cliff face was disconcerting. I sure feared for my life more than once.
What were your favourite spots along the great ocean road and have you based yourself out of a different location, maybe Apollo Bay?