The Great Ocean Road is one of the most iconic drives in the world. Visitors flock from all over the globe to complete this ultimate road trip which passes through dense rainforest, incredible coastal scenery and some of Oz’s best beaches.
Leah, my friend from home is over to visit for a couple of weeks. So where better to show off the best of Australia than a weekend on the Great Ocean Road?
We started at the famous surf-spot of Torquay. Due to the wintry weather (think full on rain, lashing wind and brain-freeze temperatures), only a few surfers braved the waves.
If we didn’t have a photo shoot beside the Great Ocean Road sign who’d believe we’d actually been?!
We picked our dream house from the mansions hanging from the cliff side, cooed over mobs of kangaroos (yes that is the collective noun for Kangas!) and kept our faces pressed up to the window in awe.
Suddenly, the road carried us away from the coast and we found ourselves surrounded by lush rainforest. We had reached Erskine Falls.
You just have to drive into the tiny hamlet of Kennett River and spot the small groups of tourists with their cameras pointed up at the trees.
I have never seen koalas in the wild before and it was high on my Australia bucket list. I didn’t think I’d be able to tick it off until we ran into this little fella!
What a life!
We knew that the weather was going to be awful so had luckily decided to check-in to a hostel instead.
Apollo Bay is a popular overnight stop along the Great Ocean Road and is a sweet, vibrant town with plenty of restaurants, pubs and takeaways.
Apollo Bay Backpackers is a couple of blocks from Apollo Bay’s lovely beach. As we had booked a private three bed room (for a very reasonable £15 each) we were shown to our own private bungalow down the road.
A pretty good introduction to Australia I’d say!
Have you driven the Great Ocean Road? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below or via my social media pages!