So the last four days were spent driving along the Great Ocean Road, and it’s safe to say it definitely lived up to it’s name! From magical waterfalls, secluded beaches, hidden grottos and cliff-top views, I can honestly say, so far, it has been the best part of my trip to Australia.
Having never seen a waterfall in person before, my favourite part of the 800km round-trip was visiting Erskine Falls, the tranquil atmosphere, soothing sound of falling water and smell of fresh earth was just incredible. We saw a couple of other waterfalls along the way throughout Otway National Park but none were quite as comparable, but all worth visiting nonetheless – it’s just a bit of a hike to get up to them!
The road itself was incredible with constant views out across the water or over the countryside, no matter where you looked, you were surrounded by beauty. But on top of that there are many places to stop off, whether for a photo-stop or just to enjoy the fresh air, they are all worth visiting. From viewing points such as Bells Beach and the 12 Apostles, to hidden towns like Port Campbell and Apollo Bay, there are many places to visit along the journey whether for an hour, or two, or over night. On top of that, we saw so many wild koalas and kangaroos along the journey, it was incredible!
Along the stretch of road, we stopped off at a number of places including; 12 Apostles, Bells Beach, Loch and Gorge, Teddy’s Lookout, Lorne Beach and Split Point Lighthouse – all of which were incredible to see.
We stayed at three hostels along the way, Apollo Bay Backpackers, Warrnambool Backpackers and Anglesea Backpackers all of which were incredibly welcoming and friendly. Our favourite would have to be Anglesea, the owners were extremely helpful in giving advice on where to visit in the area, making us feel right at home. I don’t have a bad word to say about any of the hostels – I would love to have stayed at them for longer if possible, all based in picturesque towns with incredible views along the coast, definitely worth a visit!
The views I witnessed whilst driving along the Great Ocean Road will be ones I will never forget. It was truly the most magical experience of the trip so far and such a privilege to spend it with two amazing people. Our next stop is Tasmania, and I cannot wait to see what the new adventure will bring! And to top that off, I’ve got a new camera (not that I can afford one – the other one broke) and I cannot wait to test it out on the picturesque views across the island! With a few more layers brought, I’m more excited than ever for the next part of our adventure!