We took a day-long tour to the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne, which is a 243 kilometer stretch along the south-eastern coast of Australia. It is dedicated to the soldiers killed during World War I and was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932. Though the road itself is a main attraction as it hugs the coastline, but tourists normally take it to visit The Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, The Grotto and London Arch. The road traverses through rainforests, as well as beaches and cliffs composed of limestone and sandstone.
One the way, the tour guide stopped at the Bells Beach, which is the most stunning spot I have ever been to in my life! I was amazed with the color of ocean water in Australia and the beaches were pretty clean too. Even the softness of sand was better than what I have experienced in the US…I will say more on this when I write about our experience at the Gold Coast, a city for surfers and beach-goers.
One the way, I also got a chance to be close to the Kangaroos…they looked so cute! And, I fed some Parrots too 🙂
I also took a shot of a couple who were feeding Parrots and was reminded to sent it to them via email later.
As we crossed various towns on the way, I must say fell in love with the popular town of Lorne.
The area was visited by Rudyard Kipling in 1891, who was inspired to write the poem Flowers. Few lines from the same:
Buy my hot-wood clematis,
Buy a frond of fern,
Gathered where the Erskine leaps
Down the road to Lorne.
We stopped at Lorne just to relieve ourselves, but I could have easily spent my lifetime there!
At The Twelve Apostles is where one sees the real wonder of nature – limestone formations. There are only 8 of them left now, after one collapsed in 2005.
Just 3.5 kilometers northwest of The Twelve Apostles is the Loch Ard Gorge, named after the Loch Ard, a clipper ship which ran aground there in 1878. Only 2 of the 54 passengers had survived! Many of those who perished are buried there in a cemetery. There is also a beach there, accessible via stairs.
There are some limestone formations too nearby. In fact, they looked better to me than the 12 Apostles we saw earlier.
The guide didn’t take us to the Grotto and London Bridge, but they are popular spots too!
If you have time, i would suggest staying in Lorne overnight and spending a couple of days to cover various attractions along the Great Ocean Road.