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About Australia, Part 4 (Great Ocean Road)

September 30, 2011

After we left the Werribee Open Range Zoo, we were back on our way to the Great Ocean Road. The Great Ocean Road is 151 miles long, was built by soldiers returned from WW1 between 1919 and 1932, and is the world’s largest war memorial. It winds along the southern coast in Victoria, and a portion of it from Moonlight Head to Port Fairy is named “Shipwreck Coast” as there have been over 700 known shipwrecks here, and only about 200 of them have been found. There are many walking/hiking trails along the Great Ocean Road, as well as many scenic lookouts and cute little coastal towns. I was most interested in seeing a limestone rock formation called the Twelve Apostles. The drive from Melbourne to the Twelve Apostles is about 3hrs and 45min, with no stopping. I already mentioned that we stopped at the zoo, and we also stopped at some of the scenic areas along the way.

At one turnout along the road, Howdy noticed there was a place where we could climb down to the rocky beach. The tide was out, so these rocks would have been completely submerged during high tide. It was fun getting down so close to the water and beautiful to watch the waves breaking on the rocks.

Howdy goofing around on the rocks we climbed down:

We took a bunch of pictures and sat on the rocks for a while enjoying the breeze and the view – then got back on the road! As we were driving I started to get worried that we wouldn’t make it to the Twelve Apostles before the sun went down. I was getting fidgety but tried not to bug Howdy since it’s a two-lane road winding around the cliffs/hills along the coast (and of course we were on the opposite side of the road). One thing we found pretty funny is that we kept seeing signs along that road that said “Drive on the Left in Australia”. Seriously, if you made it that far out there, driving on those roads on the wrong side – you’re probably the luckiest person alive. But anyway – Howdy knew I was a little worried about beating the sunset, so he drove as fast as he safely could… and we got there right as the sun was beginning to set! It was perfect and breathtaking. There really aren’t words for it that don’t sound cliche and hyperbolic, but it was so awesome.

Obligatory “sign” picture:

A few of us, you know, to prove we were there:

The cliff behind us has a boardwalk path along the top and we walked out there while the sun was setting to get some pictures back toward the other rock formations:

Twelve Apostles:

This was taken looking over the opposite side of the cliff I mentioned earlier (that cliff is kind of in the middle of the Twelve Apostles):

We took so many pictures while the sun was setting, and none of them even remotely do it justice, as usual. This was one of the top things on my list of things to see in Australia, and it did not disappoint. It was pretty breezy up on the cliffs, so as soon as the sun went down and the temps dropped we started to get chilly and decided it was time to head back to Melbourne. We took a more direct route along the Princes Highway on the way back, so we didn’t have to drive along the windy cliffs in the dark.

We arrived back at our hotel in Melbourne around 10pm and went immediately to bed because we had to be up at 3:30am the next morning…

10 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2011 5:02 pm

    Love all of tour recaps so far!! I totally need to get to Australia! Also? The pictures of the Twelve Apostles? Jealous!! I want to go there!!!

    Glad you had such an awesome trip!

    • October 8, 2011 4:42 am

      Thanks! If you ever get the chance, seriously – GO!! Australia definitely earned its way up to the top 3 on my “favorite places in the world” list.

  2. October 3, 2011 9:34 am

    Meesh. OH MY GOODNESS! you look amazing and your pictures are outstanding! love it!

  3. Jen B. permalink
    October 5, 2011 12:25 am

    Gorgeous! I am so glad you got to make this trip to Australia! Your pics are amazing and it sounds like you guys had a great time. I’ll have to pick your brain if and when we get to make that trip before we head back to the mainland! Looking forward to Part 5! 🙂

    • October 8, 2011 4:45 am

      I highly recommend Melbourne and the surrounding areas! Of course, I loved Australia and the people there, so now I want to go back and see more of the country (Sydney, Great Barrier Reef, etc…). 🙂


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