If you are staying in Victoria, Australia, you have to make sure you include the Great Ocean Road as part of your itinerary. It could be done in as little as one day if you zip back and forth with not much time for stopping, but I would recommend at least 3 nights so you can take in all the sights along the way. Many companies offer organized tours which can be a great way to do it if you are travelling on your own, or just want to put your feet up, relax, and not worrying about having to drive. The advantage of renting a car of course is that you can meander and take your time, stopping as often, or as little as you like. We decided to rent a car and spend 4 nights along the way as to include the Grampians National Park in our sites.
We picked up our rental car from Budget around noon, and headed out of Melbourne and to the Great Ocean Road. Since we didn’t have a full day we decided to take our time and drive only to Lorne for the first night. If you start out earlier in the day, another option would be to stay in Apollo Bay. Both are quaint coastal cities with charm. Good views and a number of small shops and restaurants in both. As soon as you hit the Great Ocean Road, you will want to slow down, and take in the sights. There are lots of scenic lookout spots marked where you can pull over and drink it all in.
It is a few hours’ drive to Lorne, which gives us enough time before dark to check out some of the town’s sites. There are a number of great walks around town which you can find outlined for you at the i-Site Visitor Center. First on the list is Erskine Fall’s, the town’s main attraction. Right off the main road you will see a sign that will take you to a car park. It is about a 20 minute walk to the falls, worth the effort.
Our next walk takes us to Teddy’s Lookout point; a beautiful high vantage point that looks over the coast line. You can park very close to the lookout or park at the bottom and walk up if you are looking for a bit more of a hike.
We saw our first kangaroo’s here, right in someone’s backyard on our way up to the lookout. Now I really feel like we are in Australia! Snap some great shots from up here of the lookout from the mountain over the coastline, and we are on our way. Last but not least on our agenda is walking the beach to the Lorne pier. A newly constructed pier extends quite a ways into the waterfront. Yachts and crashing waves are the highlights to be seen.
We pick up some groceries from the New World which is located conveniently beside the YHA hostel that we are staying at. This YHA hostel is a series of separate cottages located just off the main road, but if feels as if you are in the middle of the rainforest. Flora and fauna abound.
Our room is a loft, meaning that we have to take a ladder to get into it. It has a great cozy feel, like we are sleeping in a tree house, but if ladders aren’t your thing make sure specify at reception. We meet a few other couples that are travelling as well and hang out in the kitchen to chit chat as we prepare our meals for dinner. Andrew and I play cards (no one knows how to play Euchre so we are stuck playing rummy the two of use), and then end the evening off watching, A Good Year. Up early tomorrow so we can get back on the Great Ocean Road, stay tuned!