A week after we went to Grampians, my friends and I embarked to another road trip, this time to one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. Similar to Grampians, it will be better to go there early in the morning if you are planning a one-day visit. However, the Great Ocean Road is also surrounded with beautiful towns where you can stay for a couple of nights. Since we all have our work the day after, we decided to stick to a day tour.
We left Melbourne around 10:00 AM and got there around 1:00 PM. As it was a smooth drive, it took us about three hours to get there. There are zigzag roads along the way so it is recommended to bring medicine for in case you get carsick. True to its reputation, the Great Ocean Road is truly breathtaking! It was a perfect retreat for someone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.
Our first stop was the Twelve Apostles found in Port Campbell National Park. The site is a group of limestone stacks found off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park by the Great Ocean Road. The rocks can be seen in viewing decks scattered around the area. As expected, the place was full of tourists. Despite being crammed in numerous occasions, the beauty of the place made me oblivious of the people pushing and shoving me from behind. The sun was especially nice to us as it did not overpower the place with its rays.
In less than a five-minute drive from Twelve Apostles, Gibson Steps is another site to be seen if ever you are in Great Ocean Road. Gibson Steps has views of cliff formations and has a carved staircase which leads down to a long stretch of beach.
Similar to the Gibson Steps, our next destination was just minutes drive away. The Loch Ard Gorge is also part of the Port Campbell National Park and is located west of the Twelve Apostles. The gorge is named after the ship Loch Ard, which sank nearby Muttonbird Island almost completing the end of a three-month journey from England to Melbourne. The cliff formations around this area shows evident signs of run-offs and erosion.
Lastly, we went to the London Arch. The rock formation used to be called ” London Bridge” wherein the natural bridge shared similar structure as its namesake until its collapse in 1990.
After witnessing the sunset, we packed up and left for the city. It was truly a great day, a perfect combination of sightseeing, turquoise waters, friends and karaoke songs in the car. There was even a rainbow during the start of the day. I believe that if a rainbow symbolizes something positive, something good will come to your way and indeed, our day was more than awesome.
A day trip in Great Ocean Road is one not to be missed if you are in Melbourne.