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!