No visit to Melbourne is complete without a trip to the scenic Great Ocean Road.
“The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 kilometres (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world’s largest war memorial. Winding through varying terrain along the coast and providing access to several prominent landmarks, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations, the road is an important tourist attraction in the region.” (Source: Wikipedia)
The Great Ocean Road officially starts at Torquay which is about 2 ½ hours drive from Melbourne. Since we didn’t have a car and weren’t keen on driving long distances during our holiday, we booked a tour ($88), and let them take care of the rest. Included in the tour was:
a) Morning Tea stop over at Surf Beach which consists of a hot drink (coffee/tea/milo) and a few biscuits
b) Memorial Arch
c) Koala spotting at Kennett River. We didn’t manage to take any pictures as it was raining heavily when we pulled over. We spotted one koala and a lot of Lorikeets. The Lorikeets were very friendly and would sit on your arm if you stretch it out.
d) Lunch at a local restaurant in Apollo Bay. I had fish and chips while D had chicken schnitzel and chips. Food was very average, which explained why I wasn’t motivated to take a photo. The restaurant we went seemed to cater for all the other tour groups too. It was really full and they were determined to get us out of the door as soon as we finished eating to make room for the next tour group.
e) Stop over at the iconic 12 Apostles (there were only 8 left as the other limestones had collapsed). Yes, the sight was amazing!
f) Loch Ard Gorge
g) London Bridge
i) And of course, the knowledge of our tour guide.
Some of the pictures were taken using my iPhone as I had a problem with my camera. Thankfully, it still turned out pretty good 🙂