When you come to Victoria to travel, you mustn’t leave without having seen the Great Ocean Road. There is so much fuss about it, that one would almost think it’s overrated. Nothing is less true though. Last month was the fifth time I went, and the views were just as stunning, or maybe even more with the clear blue sky.
Some clouds showed up as we drove, but it hardly took away from the rays of light.
Our first stop was the pier in Lorne. We walked up the jetty past all the fishermen, while some people jumped of the edge for a dip in the incredibly blue water. Towards the end of the wooden walkway, there was a little crowd pointing at something in the water: a seal was gliding along the pier, and peaked out through the surface now and then for us to have a glimpse.
We hopped back in the car and were now driving towards Cape Otway national park, home to many koalas. Instead of taking the famous Lighthouse road towards the coast, we accidentally took Elliot Road. This mistake turned out to be brilliant, as a wide-awake koala sat quite low in one of the trees. Until now I had only seen them from a distance, in the wild. Also they’re usually asleep. They sleep 20 hours a day, so we were lucky to spot this one at his active time. He seemed just as curious as we were, and stared at us while moving his head from one side of the branch to the other.
Elliot Road ended in a little car park with some hiking options. We decided on Shelly Beach, and hiked a small rainforest to the coast. It ended in a beautiful little bay with only two other travellers here.
I was quite surprised to find this beach hardly had any shells. The other Shell Beach I have seen was in WA, and that actually had shells instead of sand.
Of course we stopped at the Twelve Apostles*, where it was hard to dodge the other holidaymakers. Even though there are only 9 rock stacks visible; they make a remarkable view. It looked more beautiful than the last time I saw it. The water seemed clearer, and the colours more vivid than ever before.
After shooting at least 30 pictures with attempts to get as little tourists in the frames as possible, we moved on to the Loch Ard Gorge. This area can be viewed from many different angles, starting from three different car parks. As it was getting quite late, we only had time for two sites. We saw the big rocks from the east, and from the beach as we walked on the sand.
This place looked magical and I wished we could have stayed for longer. The two rocks you can see from the beach are merging towards each other. It makes the ocean look like a secret spot, if you ignore all the sightseers. Another endless shoot of this wonderful beauty that’s hard to explain in photographs.
Unfortunately we had to drive back now, and skip a wonderful place called the Grotto. It was past 4pm, and we still had a fair few kilometres to cut. Tired and satisfied we drove back on the inland road through Port Campbell. Thank you again Great Ocean Road, for your infinite beauty.