After spending a day’s journey driving along the Great Ocean Road to the Twelve Apostles, I’ve decided it is one of my favorite parts of Australia!
The views were stunning and the vivid colors of the sky meeting the green cliffs gave the illusion that the landscape was photoshopped. We arrived amazed at the twelve impressive stacks of limestone on the beach near the Great Ocean Road (The Twelve Apostles- a popular tourist attraction). On the way there we stopped several times to admire the view and for photo opportunities at Loch Ard Gorge and the W.B. Godfrey ship wreck, where you can still see pieces of the wreckage. The whole experience was topped off by a koala sighting, so don’t forget to keep a look out! We also spotted several kangaroos grazing on a golf course, which we proceeded to sneak up on for some close ups.
No trip to Victoria is complete without exploring Melbourne, a quaint and quirky city full of artistic graffiti, back alley cafes, and iconic architecture by foot and via the free city tram. You will be thoroughly entertained as you walk through the many brick alleys including AC/DC Lane, covered in graffiti and shoes hanging from telephone wires. Eat your heart out at any of the several cafes all of which have extensive gluten free menus, delicious food and coffee. Then ride the elevator to the top of the 975 foot Eureka sky tower, where you can see all of Melbourne at sunset and take a picture in King Kong’s hand.
Educate yourself on the history of all things cinematography with some fun and interactive free exhibits at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Federation Square.
If you like memorials, you can always pay your respects to those who served in WWI and other Australian Veterans at the Shrine of Remembrance.
Feeling zen, stroll through the luscious landscapes at the botanical gardens and have a picnic in one of the gazebos.
Overall, Melbourne is quite memorable and unique, but if you’re anything like me, you might find that one day is enough and that you prefer to spend most of your time exploring the gorgeous sights of the Great Ocean Road and all that the surrounding trails it has to offer.
Anna is an optimist with pessimistic tendencies who enjoys making a short story long, her coffee black, and watching Friends re-runs. These days you can catch her in her natural habitats wandering through forest roads in her van or hiking to a waterfall.