Wow, I can’t believe how quickly the first few weeks of 2019 have gone! Does anyone else feel the same? I’ve been living and working in London now for just over two years and there’s still so much of the world I want to see. I’m kind of at a crossroads and wondering if I should continue on as I am, or should I just pack everything up and travel full time for at least six months. I’m currently leaning towards packing up and travelling, but I guess only time will tell.
Lately, I’ve been more eager than ever to cross things off my bucket list and my most recent one, which I’m super excited to share with you all, is the one and only Great Ocean Road.
Growing up in Melbourne with the Great Ocean Road only a few hours drive from my parents house, you’d be surprised to know I waited 31 years to explore this beauty. A popular destination for tourists and school groups, as a child, I never understood its appeal. To me it was just a long stretch of road that lead to “a bunch of rocks.” It wasn’t until I got older and started travelling that I was truly able to understand and appreciate this natural wonder.
Driving along the Great Ocean Road is an experience in itself. There’s so much to see and do, and if you’re lucky you might even spot a koala or two! I wasn’t lucky on the koala front, but I did see an echidna which was pretty exciting.
THE TWELVE APOSTLES
Well, there’s not twelve anymore. Over the years mother nature, time and the salty waters have caused several of the apostles to fall. But even so, the remaining eight are an impressive site to see. I was completely mesmerised by these limestone formations and I can say with confidence that it’s defiantly nature at it’s best.
Busloads of tourists visit the apostles every day, so to avoid the crowds I’d recommend getting there for sunrise. Take your time walking the boardwalks around the cliff tops, which provide various viewing platforms, because you may only see these beauties once in your life.
Not far from the Twelve Apostles are Gibson Steps, leading you down to the beach and providing you with an up close and personal view. Watch the waves crash around the base of the apostles, but don’t forget to keep in mind the power of the tide. It can come in quickly and strongly, so assess before your leisurely walk along the beach results in you going for an unintentional swim.
LOCH ARD GORGE
This is by far one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited around the world and definitely the most stunning beach along the Great Ocean Road. Only a few minutes drive from the Twelve Apostles, you’ll be enchanted by the views from above and even more so when you take the stairs down to the beach. Despite the tourists that came and went, I found it to be quite a peaceful spot to just sit and relax.
LONDON ARCH (LONDON BRIDGE)
The arch was formally known as London Bridge because of its similarity to its namesake. It later changed when part of bridge collapsed, separating itself from the mainland. Various viewing points are allocated around the arch, and the cliff top walks are not one to be missed.
If you have enough time during your road trip then a visit to The Grotto, Bay of Islands and Otway National Park is a must!