Hi there friends!
The Great Ocean Road is one of the most iconic tourist spots in Australia, and is also said to be one of the most scenic roads in the entire world! I would have to agree. We took a mini road trip up Mornington’s neighboring Peninsula, after catching a ferry ride across the bay, and traveled up the Great Ocean Rd. It was incredible and here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip.
Port Campbell was one of the first stops we made once we were on the peninsula.
We made plans to catch the 10 am ferry in Sorrento, a tiny beach town about 10 minutes from Rye that sits right on the edge of the Peninsula. A quick ferry ride later, and we were on the other side of the Port Phillip Bay, the bay that Melbourne sits on.
We drove from Queenscliff towards Torquay, one of Trevor’s favorite places in the whole world.
I didn’t take many photos in Torquay, but it is such a cool area! We grabbed lunch at a place called the “Ginger Monkey” and walked the strip of surf outlets. Trevor was in heaven. I was actually pretty salty that this ^ adorable boutique wasn’t open.
We left Torquay and drove 2 more hours up the Great Ocean Road towards Apollo Bay.
Sadly, snapping photos of the coast line in a moving vehicle never really gives great pictures, but THE COASTLINE. Guys, the coastline. The views during the drive are seriously indescribable. I wish we could have stopped at every pretty beach, but we never would have gotten to our destination. Needless to say, the Great Ocean Rd. is definitely worth the trek and something I would do again in a heartbeat. Checking that one off the bucket list.
Our stopping point on the Great Ocean Road was Apollo Bay, where we stayed at a quaint little motel for the night. Driving the entire length of the Great Ocean Rd. would have taken about 4 days to do well, so we chose Apollo Bay as our resting place. The next day, we would drive a little further before turning around and heading home.
The final destination for us on this mini road trip would be the ‘Twelve Apostles’, a super famous natural wonder in Australia that I will admit I had never heard of (oops). Our journey there was pretty cool though! We drove in more rural than coastal areas this day and I had so many flashbacks to Ireland! We stopped for breakfast at the dearest little country store that was surprisingly DELICIOUS. Toast with baked beans. Great choice.
So THIS is the Twelve Apostles. The Twelve Apostles are remnant of eroding cliffs, leaving these amazingly giant pillars of rock freely standing in the ocean. Sadly, only eight of the twelve are still standing, but it is still incredible! Honestly pictures do not do it justice.
It was so gloomy and cold on this day, especially right on the water, but it was so worth it to see these views.
Trevor could not, and I repeat, COULD NOT get over the surf. 99% of the words that came out of his mouth were about the waves, but I cant blame him. They were pretty spectacular.
Penguin pose in the freezing cold.
Thanks for reading & hope you’re enjoying my little Aussie series.