The second day onwards of our journey was when we got to see the attractions of the GOR. Because the Great Ocean Road is such a popular route amongst tourists, the attractions were clearly marked with signs along the way. You don’t really need a GPS to show you the way, just follow the signs.
The Grotto was the first place we visited. There is a pretty lookout to the ocean, and the majestic view of the waves crashing onto the cliffs. So while you’re up on the lookout, you can hear the loud crash of the waves. And then when you follow the steps down to where this keyhole rock pool is, it suddenly becomes so serene and peaceful.
The Great Ocean Road attractions are rather straightforward. There’s this really long road that goes along the coast where all the attractions (The 12 apostles, the London arch etc) are. You just drive long this road and turn right every 3 minutes or so and stop to admire the rock formations.
The London Arch used to be known as the London Bridge before the ‘bridge’ connecting to the island collasped. According to the write up at the lookout, it said no one was injured during the sudden collapse, but 2 people were left stranded on the island. They had to be rescued by helicopter.
The Twelve Apostles was the most crowded stop out of the other attractions. Guess it’s because it’s the most popular attraction, so many tourists and tour groups! It was impossible to get a photo of yourself with the attraction without a stranger in it too (like the stranger in the pink jacket above).
We spent a substantial amount of time at each stop, walking to the various lookout points to admire the rock formations from different angles and listening to the waves crash against the rocks. It was so majestic, I think everyone should visit the Great Ocean Road at least once in their lives. Before the waves wash all the beautiful formations away!
We visit quite a few stops, but I either don’t have a shot of the stop that I’m satisfied with or I didn’t bother to take a picture because I knew my brother would have taken some. That said, I didn’t get the pictures off my brother. Ugh.
At the end of the day we spent the night at the eco YHA, Apollo Bay. If you’re ever on the Great Ocean Road travelling on a budget, I highly recommend staying at the eco YHA, Apollo Bay. The staff were really friendly, the place really clean and tidy, they had a wonderful room with a fireplace. We liked the place so much, we (almost) didn’t want to leave. Plus, the town of Apollo Bay was just charming. A very popular surfing town apparently.
Reaching the last stretch of the Great Ocean Road, before driving into Melbourne, we stopped by Lorne which had a charming jetty and a rainbow whilst we were there.
The photo above doesn’t do the magnificence of the coast justice. It was breathtaking, you could see the houses by the coast and road you’ve been driving on from Cape Patton.
The road by the coast was long and windy. Much to the horror of my mother. I have managed to scare my mother with my ‘awesome’ driving skills. My mother has never been driven by me, because I only got my driving license whilst in Australia. I was never in Singapore long enough to get one. Windy roads with the speed limit of 80km/h wasn’t my mother’s cup of tea. She avoided visiting attractions which required travelling through windy roads after that.
Thankfully, the weather held up well during our trip. We were travelling during winter, and we all know that winter meant rainy days. But we had sunny weather for the majority of our road trip, thank God!
In my opinion, I think driving from Melbourne towards Adelaide would be a better route compared to doing what we did (which was Adelaide to Melbourne). As while you’re driving along the coast, you’d be facing the view. If you’re driving in the opposite direction, then the view of the coast would be behind you, and the only people who would be enjoying the view would be the passengers and the driver misses out, which was me, but I stole glances through the rearview mirror.
Useless information you don’t need to know: I wore the same navy blue jumper throughout the whole road trip because it was the most comfy outerwear in my luggage to be driving in. Haha.