Today I browsed through my pictures and thought that it was about time to share some of my adventures on the Great Ocean Road with you. It was exactly one year ago that I was there and what is left now are beautiful memories and pictures.
The Great Ocean Road – a place full of wonderful surprises from mother nature. Thinking back of my time on the Great Ocean Road just gives me goosebumps. Never have I experienced such magical nature. In case some of you don’t know the Great Ocean Road: It is a road which stretches along the south-eastern coast of Australia.
This post is to share my experience with you as well as it should help you as a travel guide. I will try my best to mention the most important points for you to be prepared for when traveling the Great Ocean Road.
I started my trip in Melbourne and that is what I highly would recommend you to do too. Book a hotel to stay 2-3 days in Melbourne before kicking off to see the beautiful Great Ocean Road. This way, you can combine the city trip to Melbourne with the nature trip to the Great Ocean Road.
However, before starting the trip it is highly recommendable to organize a car. Therefore, I compared cars at several car rental companies and picked a small car (we were 3 girls) for a 2-day-trip. You should of course adapt the car size to your needs.
One more important thing before kicking off your trip is to plan your route. The Great Ocean Road offers a lot of nice places to see. I was there for 2 full days and I could barely enjoy a spot properly since my girls and I were rushing to see ALL lookout points as well as main attractions. If you want to be able to enjoy the nature, you should definitely plan more than 2 days to see the Great Ocean Road or you should plan to see less. In that case, you just mark the most important spots on Google Maps. In the following I will introduce you the must-see places when visiting the Great Ocean Road.
1. Teddy’s Lookout
Our first destination is called Teddy’s Lookout. It sounds cute, doesn’t it? Indeed, it is as cute as it sounds because this place is “tiny”. Teddy’s Lookout is one of the smaller places on the Great Ocean Road. People easily forget to stop over at this beautiful lookout point, only because it is so small. You should invest at least 10 minutes of your time to see this one.
2. Loch Ard Gorge
First, I wanted to skip Loch Ard Gorge because it was late when we arrived there and it was cold at the same time. I was sick of seeing all the other 100 lookout points. At some point they all look the same to me, but this one was different. Loch Ard Gorge is my absolute favorite – a mysterious as well as magical place! Since it was late, the weather wasn’t that great anymore to take pictures. That’s why my pictures are a bit dark but I’m sure that they would look as magical as it was in real life when the sun was shining. Don’t even think of skipping this place – just don’t!
3. Erskine Falls
This waterfall is simply beautiful. Its pure beauty evolves hidden in the jungles. Erskine Falls was deep in the forest and it took a hike to get there and to be able to see it. However, a trail leads to the waterfall and you don’t have to worry about anything else besides from following it.
4. Twelve Apostles
The twelve apostles were the big highlight of the trip to the Great Ocean Road. The twelve apostle are twelve limestone stacks lay off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park. This place is the main attraction for all tourists and it was so packed even though I arrived there late. This is the main attraction and a must-go place but yet I’d prefer Loch Ard Gorge because it was less crowded and more exclusive.