Exploring the Great Ocean Road
One of the world’s most scenic coastal drives bends and turns against the Southern Ocean in Victoria – The Great Ocean Road.
The Australian Heritage listed 243 kilometres stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia allows travellers to experience the once rugged coast as a beautiful coastal drive.
Starting in Torquay (a 90-minute drive from Melbourne) there are a variety of activities to do that cater for everyone – young and old. Here is what we recommend that you see if you ever make this beautiful drive.
See the wonders of nature
One of the sights that you cannot miss when you travel the Great Ocean Road is the 12 Apostles. These limestone stacks that have been carved from the sea and changed over time from the crashing waves are a majestic scene. Whilst some of the stacks have collapsed over time, the 8 remaining stacks are still an impressive sight. There are also many beaches that you can visit including Bells Beach – the home of the longest running surfing competition.
Taste the local produce
The best kind of food is always the fresh food that hasn’t travelled far to get to your plate. Seafood, meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, local cheese, and some of the best wine you will find are all located at stops along the Great Ocean Road. If you want to get your hands dirty a little, you can pick your own raspberries and blackberries at the Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm. Make sure you check their website that they will be open as the best time to pick berries is during the summer season.
Experience the Aboriginal Culture
Aboriginals are the original owners of Australia so experiencing their stories and culture is a good way to experience their beliefs and how they connect to the land. Visit the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Geelong or the Brambuk Centre in Halls Gap to taste bush tucker, hear their ancient stories that tie them to the land and the animals and try and play a didgeridoo – an instrument that was traditionally played by the males. You can also go on bush walks to see ancient rock art sites that tell stories about the people that lived there.
Meet the animals
Australia has a lot of native animals and then there are the animals that like to visit our shores. Get down to Lake Elizabeth to go on a guided tour with some platypus, see the Southern Right whales and their calves between May and September at Logan’s Beach or even swim with some friendly dolphins at Queenscliff. You will also be able to see our local wildlife like kangaroos at dusk and dawn grazing on grass and other food that they can find.
Of course, the best part about the Great Ocean Road is the drive. The sights that you can see from your car will leave you speechless and spellbound by the beauty. Get out there and see what you can discover.
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