There was no way I was going to miss the sights along this iconic stretch of Southeast Australian coast.

Some people hike the 100+ km coastal track. Others visit the area by taking a loooooong day trip from Melbourne. But I wanted to maximize my Great Ocean Road time by basing myself in Apollo Bay. The small town is at the GOR midpoint and offers a beautiful beach, great restaurants and accommodation, and the award-winning Dooleys ice cream shop.

Fancy a scoop of Vegemite ice cream?



After eating too much Dooleys, walking along the beach, and enjoying the view of Apollo Bay from Mariners Lookout …

I hit The Great Ocean Road with a private tour guide. Michael of Great Ocean Road Auto Tours offered the perfect alternative to renting a car or taking an organized bus tour. For a fair price, I got to see the best GOR goodies, plus some off-the-beaten-track places devoid of tourists … and most everyone else!

Michael also drove a BMW X5, which was a nice change from queasy buses and cramped tour vans. It was like sharing a comfy ride with a friend. A friend who had a really nice car!

We covered a lot of miles and saw lots of sights along the Great Ocean Road and in Great Otway National Park:

  • Maits Rest Rainforest
  • Gibson Steps
  • The Twelve Apostles
  • Loch Ard Gorge
  • Port Campbell
  • London Bridge
  • The Arches
  • The Grotto
  • Cape Otway Light House

I could try to describe how spectacular everything looked, or I could let the pictures do the talking. But even they don’t come close to capturing the jaw-dropping beauty of each sight.

I also took way too many photos, but who could blame me? Take a look!

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  1. […] in every way. The weather was wonderful. I got to spend extra time at places I’d seen during my first GOR visit. I was well ahead of the crowds, and I stumbled upon some new treasures. Like this […]

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