Is going on an Australian road trip worth it? Absolutely!
Australia is one of the most diverse destinations in the planet, and who knew that starting off from a bustling city such as Melbourne can lead to a scenic road trip rich with nature communes and some of the world’s most popular natural formations. What am I talking about here? The Great Ocean Road trip, of course! Let me try to re-trace my adventure Down Under, driving through one of the world’s most popular road trips on record.
If it’s your first time in Australia, you can always join any one of the many guided tours being offered where you travel the scenic Australian roads. But where’s the adventure in that? Try to break the norm and hop in your own rental like I did and I suggest Apex rent a car for convenience and excellent service, and drive off to conquer every traveller’s road trip dream.
The Great Ocean Road can be easily conquered in a day, but in order to take in all that magnificence, go ahead and take a three-day self drive. You can start off your adventure at Torquay like me, a known surfing capital, all the way to the 12 Apostles, and rounding it all up at the quaint fishing village of Port Fairy.
Let’s get started!
I started my drive from Melbourne and immediately I saw why this road trip is on top of the list. Going through scenic cliff tops and a rain-forest, passing through colourful surfing beaches and spotting a koala or two, I made sure to make stops to savor the awesome wildlife Australia has to offer.
The first leg of my trip is a leisurely drive from the city to Torquay. The place is known as one of the country’s best-known surfing beaches. Ever heard of the annual surfing event Rip Curl Pro? Yep, Bell’s Beach is where it’s held every year.
I am not into golfing but I simply want to be up close and personal with kangaroos, so decided to swing by Anglesea, which is actually a golf course known for kangaroos lazily spending their days under the lush bushes all over the area. And by the time started to get hungry, I drove 30 kilometers to Lorne, a beach town that’s perfect for that fish and chips lunch by the beach.
Later in the day I made my way to the coastal town of Apollo Bay for the night, making sure to secure a spot at Chris’ found at Beacon’s Point, for an awesome cliff-top dinner view.
Day 2, let’s go!
Back on the road, I’ve already anticipated the amazing coastline that eventually lead me to Port Campbell and finally to the world famous 12 Apostles.
Haven’t heard of these spectacular rock formations? Where have you been all your life? Living under a rock?
The 12 Apostles is a group of massive rock formations rising upwards from the Southern Ocean. I descended the 86 steps down Gibson Steps (yes, I counted) to experience the 12 Apostles on a close-up, level view and yes, they’re still massively spectacular.
I practically spent the rest of the day just savoring up the amazing ocean views around me, from cliff lookouts to the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Later in the day i drove off towards Port Fairy, turning-off to the Tower Hill State Game Reserve to take in more of the Australian wildlife. We’re talking about emus, koalas, waterbirds and more kangaroos!
I spent the early morning just simply exploring and taking in the old world charm of Port Fairy. I decided I wanted to see more wildlife, so off I went on a quick cruise to the seal colony at Lady Julia Percy Island. It was worth the trip and now I can proudly say that I’ve seen a full grown live seal in person.
Right after a hearty seafood lunch, I traced my trip back along the Great Ocean Road, making sure to stop by some of the spectacular ocean views to take more pictures because like they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words. And my Great Ocean Road-trip was well worth a thousand spectacular words.