Great Ocean Road: Melbourne to Port Campbell

I loooove road trips. Music loud and just drive drive drive. The Great Ocean Road is one of the most epic ones I’ve been on. We took it easy and drove the distance over a week, stopping when we felt like it. But even then, as always in Australia, you can’t seem to be able to spend enough time in a place to see and do it all.

After the visit to the chocolate factory (see previous post here), we picked up a coseater in Melbourne to share the ride and costs as we had some space left in the car. Of course then we had no more space at all!

Ready to go! Great Ocean Road
Ready to go! Great Ocean Road

First stop was at Geelong, where we had amazing fish&chips from Pier Point. We then drove further to Torquay, from where we visited Bells Beach. No Patrick or Keanu in sight though!

Bells beach. 3 surfers not to be confused with us.
Bells beach. 3 surfers not to be confused with us.
Bells beach babes, Great Ocean Road
Bells beach babes, Great Ocean Road

It was the first time we were lying on the beach since we started this trip: finally we were a) on a beach AND b) the weather was good. So far, we’d only had OR as Boolean operator.

In Anglesea we hired a wetsuit and board to surf. For me it was 5 years ago that I had surfed and even then I was a beginner, so lots of washing machines later, we were on our way again, stopping at Aireys Inlet lighthouse and Erskine Falls in Lorne.

Anglesea surfing, Great Ocean Road. Yes, this is us. Babywaves!
Anglesea surfing, Great Ocean Road. Yes, this is us. Babywaves!

Aireys Inlet Lighthouse, Great Ocean Road
Aireys Inlet Lighthouse, Great Ocean Road
Erskine Falls, Lorne, Great Ocean Road
Erskine Falls, Lorne, Great Ocean Road

After a quick stop at Kennett River to spot a koala in the wild, the most fun driving part of the Great Ocean Road began (i.e. bendy roads next to cliffs :-) ) We had to speed it up a little bit too, as we wanted to reach the Twelve Apostles in time for the sunset. Success!! (and still alive & kicking…)
Koala at Kennett River, Great Ocean Road. We suspect Lonely Planet drops it here every day ;-)
Koala at Kennett River, Great Ocean Road. We suspect Lonely Planet drops it here every day ;-)

Twelve Apostles at sunset, Great Ocean Road
Twelve Apostles at sunset, Great Ocean Road

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