The Great Ocean Road is a tourist attraction that many people know. When we told Australians we would soon be driving on the Great Ocean Road, they immediately told us to be careful. Luckily, we did not run into any overly dangerous situations, but better safe than sorry. In this article, we will share our experience with the Great Ocean Road.
Not what we expected
We drove the Great Ocean Road from Warrnambool to Torquay. But, you can also drive this road the other way around. At first, we were a little bit disappointed as the road was not what we expected from it. We thought we were going to be driving next to the water and enjoy some amazing views over the ocean. But, the first part of the route was not like that. After Apollo Bay however, we got to see why they call it the Great Ocean Road. The Great Ocean Road is a beautiful road, but please drive safe if you choose to take this road. Only stop where it’s safe to make a stop, focus on the road, and don’t randomly hit the brakes for the view! We recommend taking in all the beautiful views, and making lots of stops, but only if it’s safe to do.
We first visited the Bay of Islands and the Bay of Martyrs. This is a beautiful coastal area with rocks and lots of nature.
The Grotto was a nice place to visit, not too crowded, and the bow was nice to see and take a picture of. There was also a reservoir where the water gets collected naturally.
The London Bridge may have been a spectacle once, but that changed after it broke down all those years ago. Nowadays, it’s not really a bridge anymore. There are two pieces of rock left.
We also visited the Twelve Apostles, we liked the view, but it was very similar to other places we had seen by that time, and there were 5 times as many tourists. It was so intensely crowded there that we didn’t stay long.
Loch Ard Gorge was fantastic, from the stalactites further into the gorge to the beach. There were caves, and you could swim by the beach. From Loch Ard Gorge you could do multiple walks to other nearby points of interest.
We visited the National Park Great Otway, where we drove all the way to the lighthouse. On our way there, we saw koala’s sleeping high up in the trees. You can only visit the lighthouse by paying an entrance fee for the park. We did not want to pay the entrance fee because we did not want to stay in the area for long. We were there to see the lighthouse.
The first night we camped at Apollo Bay, a tourist place with lots of restaurants, a few shops, and even an award-winning ice cream shop (we loved the ice cream here!). The next day we stopped at Kenneth Riverwalk, a part of the Kenneth River Nature Walk. We did not see a lot of animals, unfortunately. There were, like anywhere in Australia as far as we’ve seen, a lot of different birds present.
At Lorne, we went to Teddy’s lookout. The road to this lookout point was quite steep. The view, however, was absolutely worthwhile.