Australia Style & Travel Guide: The Great Ocean Road
A road trip full of empty coastline and creatures, followed by high fives all around. The Great Ocean Road is a large stretch of Victoria’s rugged coastline, comprised of fern gullies, rainforests, rivers, waterfalls, countless empty waves, roo-sightings, and windy ocean roads.
What I Wore:
- SWELL Tank
- SWELL Maxi Skirt
- BB Dakota Sweater
What to do? Drive, stop at a beach, repeat. The drive takes about 3 hours, not including stops, of which you’ll want to take many. Set aside a solid day for this one, especially if you’re planning to stop for a surf along the way.
A few standout stops:
- 12 Apostles: Yes this is a tourist attraction. Yes, there will be tourists, buses, backpackers, etc. But, yes, it is something spectacular that’s worth having your camera and peace signs on deck. There are several car parks to view these rock formations from, so you could probably find a more secluded viewpoint if you were so inclined.
- Wildlife Park: This backyard park is easy to miss, but it’s definitely worth the $9 if you have an hour or so to burn. The chicken wire enclosures let you get about as close as the animals will let you. Fork over an extra dollar and get a feedbag that will make you a few furry friends…including the “friendly kangaroos” and wallabies. Although there are gaps in the fences, ignore that instinct to chase after the non-friendly roos or jump in the koala cage. Fact: Emus are scary.
- Timboon Distillery: Try some of the house whiskies and local produce. Both will evoke thoughts of creating your own commune…goats, still and all. Those thoughts will pass once you remember that the majority of the world’s deadliest snakes are underfoot.
- Apollo Bay: Come around the corner and you’ll see rivers, lush valleys, endless point breaks and even a few pubs. Ideal or location scouting for said mythical commune.
- End at Bells Beach
Where to stay? You better hope that car is a van, because places to stay are few and far between.
Next up…catching some sunshine on the Gold Coast.
About the author: Nicki is the voice inside your…SWELL emails & social networks. See more from her Australia Style & Travel Guide HERE