Our next day in Melbourne, we packed into our car and headed down The Great Ocean Road. It is a road that runs along the Southern coast of Australia, just West of Melbourne. Since we only had one day left in Melbourne, we decided to see as much as possible and make it to the 12 apostles – which is about a 4 hour drive from Melbourne. That meant a pretty long day as the way back was another 3.5 hours meaning a good 7.5 hours of travel time.
Once we got out of the city and South past Geelong we hit the start of the great ocean road. It was beautiful. Imagine the ocean on your left and cliff tops/mountains along your right. There were many little lookouts to pull off the roadside and take pictures. We started by pulling off on a few of these and getting some really great photos.
On the way we went through a couple lovely little beach towns like Lorne, Apollo Bay and Torquay. Apparently a few of these towns have really good surfing and hold pretty large surf competitions every year.
We stopped in Apollo Bay for lunch, but it was 42 degrees outside and the flies were pretty bad, so we ended up eating then hopping right back into the air-conditioned car. We ended up making it to the 12 apostles, got out and took a look. They are amazing to see, very large rocks just extending out of the sea. There were a lot of other tourists around as well so the place was pretty busy, and helicopter tours were flying above us every few minutes.
For the way back we took the inland route as it was much more direct. There was not a lot to see as it was very dry. Also inland Australia is full of Kangaroos so we kept our eyes out for them as well. The next morning we head over to New Zealand where we go to a small town on the west side of the south island called Hokitika, to catch Sami’s cousin’s wedding!