The first activity on our first day in Australia, we begin it with a bang! Roadtrip to Great Ocean Road. One of the most scenic coastal drives in Australia. We booked our tour guide en route to Great Ocean. And since there’s only 3 of us, we were grouped with other tourists as well.
We set off early morning from Melbourne at around 7 am. And we arrived at our first stop in Colac which is past 8 am. Where we grab our breakfast and coffee for 15 minutes. Heads up, this tour have a fixed time of stay because the goal was to be able to visit all the major tourist spots within Great Ocean road. So yes, first things first – coffee!
And soon our itinerary has started. Great Ocean Road comprises of different spots to visit. It’s a bit windy during our time of visit in the month of May. So it’s advisable to wear windbreaker if needed. And as part of the tour, our tour guide would give us a story behind for each one. Which I’ll try to remember as I go on to this post haha.
Now let’s check out what we’ve visited so far. First is London Bridge. As what the name suggests, it does look like a bridge known as the Arch.
Next is the 12 apostles. What’s behind the name is much interesting. It doesn’t look any of man figure and it’s not even 12 rocks. They just name it as it is to get the attention of the tourists.
After roaming around the Twelve Apostles, we get to walk along Port Campbell National Park. Where I think I got lost along the way so I need to go back to the Visitor Center again. If you get to head a little further, you’ll discover the Mystical Bay of Islands and Martyrs.
Too bad I don’t have any spare coins to get some souvenir coins in the center. Better bring some if you’re here!
Next requires a lot of steps – Gibson steps. We need to walk down the stairs to reach the seaside which is refreshing.
Next stop is Loch Ard Gorge. Very picturesque as a backdrop. Just looked at this couple enjoying and capturing the view.
And a few reminders along the way for all tourists.
And to get near the seashore, you can go down the stairs to take a closer look. The stairs are really well maintained. Good job!
There’s also a cave by far that you can take a peek on.
Next is the rest area which is Maits Rest Rainforest walk. We didn’t get to walk far as we only have 20mins of stay in the area. But I enjoyed watching various birds scattered around the area and first time to get to see a sleeping koala!
And finally, we get to have our lunch. Approximate time of stay is 1 hour. Here, we get to choose where to eat. But then the time of stay is limited so we pray that we’ll get our order as soon as we can haha.
Apparently, 12 rocks beach bar is the nearest restaurant in the parking area. Humongous servings that are good for 2-3 persons. We have to take the remaining food out ‘coz we’re running out of time too.
Second to the last is we get to see the stretch road from Lorne to Apollo Bay. Very picturesque along the way. While Lorne beach is popular for surfers. Surfing in this cold weather, wow! Our tour guide even said that a shark has been spotted just a week ago!
And before we head back to Melbourne, we get to stop by a sanctuary for wild kangaroos.
It’s a bit gloomy during that time since there’s a typhoon that past by just a week ago. Still, we enjoy the experience. Though the time limit per stop isn’t what I’ve expected tho, 20 minutes is the longest and just an hour for lunch. As a reference, we booked our tour with Hit the Road Tours for $89 each and Oliver is our assigned tour guide on that day.
It’s astonishing to see another great work of nature. And you should not miss the Great Ocean Road trip if you’re in Australia. Indeed it’s a wonderful site to see. Besides, it’s one for the books!