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The Great Ocean Road: Day One

GOR 25The 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.

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GOR 1We were blown back to the car and headed off in search of our next photo-op.

If we didn’t have a photo shoot beside the Great Ocean Road sign who’d believe we’d actually been?!

GOR 3Ryan loving the camera… Work it boy!GOR 5We continued along the coast as it became even more dramatic and beautiful with every turn.

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.

GOR 8Like the rest of the Great Ocean Road, this place is crawling with tourists in summer. On this drizzly winter day we had the place almost to ourselves!

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GOR 9We clambered over the waterfall to our heart’s content and then it was back to the car and on to the most exciting stop of all.

The Koala Walk at Kennett River.GOR 11The Koala Walk is something that you’d just drive past if you weren’t in the know. There are no signposts, trails of tourists or helpful hints.

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!

GOR 10Once we had spotted this guy, they kept on coming! They sat in their trees, chomping leaves and looking utterly chilled.

What a life!

GOR 12Ryan had a hard job dragging us away from these cuties. But the night was drawing in and we had our accommodation to track down.

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.

GOR 13Luckily no one else was booked in so we had the entire living area, kitchen and bathroom to ourselves.

GOR 14We took it as the perfect excuse to slob out in front of the TV with a bottle of wine and some fish and chips from the local chippy.

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!

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “The Great Ocean Road: Day One

  1. Camille says:

    I did the Ocean Road in very similar weather conditions but as I was alone, I had to go on a one-day bus tour… We didn’t take in all the stops and it looks like it would have been a lot more fun on a road trip with friends – especially ending the day with fish n’ ships in front of the TV!

    http://www.camilleinwonderlands.com

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