Did the Great Ocean Road during our Australian winter – yes it was cold! It was windy too – let’s just say there was a sunglasses incident involving the sea. Round 1: The Sea.
So we started off in Melbourne and travelled over to Port Fairy – close to a 400km distance overall. We took a couple of days to do it.
I had done some research and read about ‘Bells Beach’, it’s a surf beach but we just had to see it. It was beautiful. Bit of a trek down some (many) steps but definitely worth it.
On to Lighthouse Number One! Split Point Lighthouse in Airey’s Inlet. There was an amazing walk around some cliffs down to the ocean. No beach or anything but such a beautiful walk.
Our next (food) stop along the way was the River Tea House in Lorne – tea house and furniture/gift store in one. Really cute. Had a nice lunch sitting by the river before moving on to Apollo Bay, which as it happens was hosting a music festival so there was a great buzz around.
We continued on from Apollo Bay and decided to check out Cape Otway Lightstation – which was beautiful!! So worth the trip and we saw so many wild koalas on the way. Definitely worth the trip to see it. We went up to the top of the lighthouse too.
Up bright and early the following morning and continued to Port Fairy for breakfast. Sleepy little fishing village. Passed KILLARNEY on the way. Where else?! There was also a little spot called Koroit which seems to be pretty proud of it’s Irish heritage. They have a festival each year! We travelled onwards and stayed in Warrnambool and ate in Bojangles which was crazy busy (always a good sign).
Back along the road to do what we realistically wanted to see – the 12 Apostles!! The visitor centre is housed in Port Campbell. Plenty of parking and you can take off wandering for as long as you want. There’s a little cafe, shop and some amenities.
Popped to DFO (Direct Factory Outlets) just by the airport (in Essendon) pre flight to Sydney. Not sure I’d really recommend popping in…