Blogs from Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road March 12th 2021

While pretty much everyone has heard of the Great Ocean Road that runs for 250km from Torquay to Warnambool in south-western Victoria, not so well known is the Great Ocean Walk that traces a line along part of the same stretch of coast for 100km from Apollo Bay to the (misnamed) Twelve Apostles. And while the road follows the shoreline for eighty breathtaking kilometres between Anglesea and Apollo Bay, beyond this it heads inland for a further eighty kilometres through the rainforests of the Otway Ranges, only reaching the sea again at the Twelve Apostles. This is great news for people such as myself, as it means that self-sufficient hikers tackling the Great Ocean Walk have a spectacular stretch of coastline all to ourselves! Well, almost. With three weeks having passed since I came down from ... read more
Kilometre Zero
Scenic Coastline
Fern-filled Gully

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road February 6th 2020

When you visit Australia, it is said that you must do the three R's: the Reef, the Road, and the Rock (Great Barrier Reef, Great Ocean Road, and Ayers Rock, now known as Uluru). On this day, we did the Road. The Great Ocean Road stretches along the southern coast of Victoria roughly from Geelong to Warrnambool. For all but a short traverse in the Great Otway National Park, it follows right along the coast, offering stunning views of cliffs and sea. When we were here in 2003, there was an arch we photographed. Several years ago, the arch collapsed, stranding some visitors on the seaward end, requiring helicopter rescue. Smaller arches are still around. The other thing that has changed is we did not see kangaroos this trip. We saw several along the road previously. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road May 27th 2018

We had an appointment in Adelaide that we needed to make. We had three days to get there. Harmonie had found us a possible method of transportation that I hadn't considered yet, but as it turned out was perfect for our needs. We would be leaving Melbourne the next morning. We had made arrangements with a local RV company to relocate one of their vans for them. We would drive one of their 4 berth campers to Adelaide for them, and they would let us rent it for free, minus the cost of gas. This solved a few problems for us at once. For one, we would be able to drive our way to Adelaide, for another we would be able to sleep in the camper, and finally we would be able to see one of ... read more
Our first wild Koala sighting!
The Razorback

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road April 10th 2018

Well its time to get back on the road again. This time I'm traveling in Australia. Firstly I will be heading along the great ocean road. Heading westward and stopping off at a few places along the way. You are welcome to enjoy the trip with me as I go. I will try to keep you up to date with info and photos. Those who know me will know my stories will most likely be short. So I will let my Photos do most of the talking for me. I hope you have as much fun as I intend to have.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road April 6th 2018

Our second day of driving the Great Ocean Road. It’s raining so my enthusiasm for sightseeing is waning. We drive through Great Otway National Park. My guide book has promised koalas but we don’t spot any. Maybe they hate rain too. We reach Cape Otway lightstation and the old man goes to explore. I stay in the car. I have washed my waterproof jacket so it’s no longer waterproof – more a sort of rain magnet. It stops raining so I go for a walk. Behind a big sign saying ‘wrong way – turn round’ is a public footpath which provides a pleasant walk to a lookout over the lighthouse. The company that runs the lighthouse and charges $20 entry fee has disguised the footpath to discourage people from looking at the lighthouse for free. We ... read more
Cape Otway Lightstation
The Twelve Apostles
The Twelve Apostles

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road April 5th 2018

We check out of our B&B. It has a formidable collection of instruction stickers and it’s a relief to be out of there. Today we head for the Great Ocean Road. But we start with a detour to Geelong. Along the waterfront are 100 wooden bollards, painted by artist Jan Mitchell to resemble people and tell the story of Geelong. We take a tour of most of these rather quirky bollard figures. There are bathers and life savers, sailors, soldiers etc. They add to the character of the very pleasant town of Geelong and I wish we had more time to spend here. We have a picnic which we are forced to share with a super aggressive seagull and move on to the start of the Great Ocean Road. The road hugs the Victorian coast for ... read more
Geelong bollards
Geelong bollards
Geelong bollards

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road March 22nd 2018

A full day trip along the Great Ocean Road (6am to 5pm)!!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road February 28th 2018

The Great Ocean Road Some days we’ve traveled 500km (300m), so you’d think 259km would be easy! Well this 259km road was the Great Ocean Road. An Australian National Heritage area stretching along the south-eastern coast of Australia between Torquay and Allansford. Built by returning soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world's largest war memorial. Winding through varying terrain along the coast and providing access to several prominent landmarks - this stretch of road took us three days! After camping close by we headed to the start of this great road. Unfortunately the end we were started at didn’t lead to the ocean for a while but we were still seeing some amazing country side views. Along the GOR are viewing points, historical points ... read more
Laurent walking Separation Creek
The Grotto
The walk to the toilet

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road January 23rd 2017

When visiting Melbourne, I knew I wanted to see the Great Ocean Road. Ideally, I would have liked to do a 2 or 3 day trip taking so that I could see more of the area, however since the main focus of my trip to Australia was Tasmania, I was only spending a few days in Melbourne, so a day trip was all I could realistically do. It was an extremely early start that morning as we headed into the city centre. We walked to the pick-up point and waited there for our tour. There were lots of different tour groups leaving from this place, but it seemed well coordinated. I also like the small coaches they use here instead of the monster tour buses. We left the city and drove for a couple of hours. ... read more
Coalmine Creek Beach
Coalmine Creek Beach
Great Ocean Road

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road January 2nd 2017

This blog is written with bleary eyes, after a long 15 hour day to the 12 Apostles and back. We woke at 5:30 to get ready for our first tour of our holiday. We booked this tour after discovering a great deal. $99 with morning tea and lunch included through Sightseeing Tours Australia. Our pickup destination was St Paul's Cathedral on Flinders St. It is about a 10 minute walk from our hotel, so we didn't mind the early morning trip there. When we arrived at 6:55, we spotted a mini bus already waiting. We went over to the driver and asked if this was our bus, but apparently it wasn't. By this time, there were a few people there, but only a few people for that bus. As time went on, more and more mini ... read more
Our tour bus
Koala at Kennett River
Loch Ard Gorge

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