This is definitely the best thing I’ve visited in Australia. The great ocean road is simply stunning to drive and discover. I would not hesitate one second to go back and explore for a longer period. Here is why I loved it so much:
Only 3 hours from Melbourne
The Great Ocean Road is only between 1:30 and 3 hours drive from Melbourne which makes it pretty accessible for one or two days. You can choose to either start it from the end (like I did) so the further which is at the 12 apostles (there is even further but I didn’t go further than this) and go back toward Melbourne via the road. Or you can start from the beginning near Melbourne and finish it. Then you also have the option to come back via the inland which makes it a lot faster - and straight.
The road is stunning to drive but be prepared!
There is not road like this one in Australia. All along the coast, you will have turns and turns and turns and turns but it is really worth it. If you are not driving, you can truly enjoy the view and spots around. If you are driving (like I was the whole road), be prepared to manage the turns because it can be a bit exhausting (especially if you are late like me and need to drive 3 hours in a curvy road after a long day!).
We had an amazing weather with blue skies but very cold and dry. We were lucky because the road just opened after the horrible fires which touched a big part of the Great Ocean Road. We saw for about 20 kilometres just pitch black forest and destroyed home. This really broke our heart, for the families who lost their homes but also knowing that it was the part where you can see most of the koalas… So if you are planning to visit the Great Ocean Road (or anywhere really in Australia) I strongly advise you to always check fire reports and conditions before hitting the road. One can never be too safe.
There are no words for the views
Each stop we made along the GOR was simply stunning. I absolutely loved the 12 apostles - of course very touristy but well worth it. However, I enjoyed even better Julian’s steps and Loch Ard Gorge. I love Julian’s steps because you could go down on the beach and see for yourself this immense natural beauty.
Then all along the drive, there are hundreds of stops where you won’t be disappointed by the view. There is always a beautiful wild beach around. Towards the end of our drive, I really enjoyed Aireys Inlet, which had the cutest lighthouse and stunning views once again. And all along the rocks, there’s always walks to explore and discover even more.
For the surf lovers, there is plenty to do too! Lots of beaches offer stunning waves and not to forget Bells Beach next to Anglesea. One of the most iconic surfing spot!
So in the end, yes I totally loved driving the Great Ocean Road and I just want to go back and discover more of it. I discovered it in two days, which is great but next time I’d definitely like to take more time and explore the whole way.
Have you done the Great Ocean Road? What did you think about it?
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