4 July 2012

The Great Ocean Road

The Twelve Apostles
My favourite trip in Australia was the road trip along The Great Ocean Road. It goes along the coast in Victoria, from Torquay to Warnambool. It is a definite must-see in Australia, simply indescribable.
The road gives access to several National Parks on the way. Amongst them: Port Campbell National Park where the Twelve Apostles reside. The Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks, once a part of the mainland, eroded with the help of the ocean. It has never been more than nine, but was declared twelve in the 60's to attract more tourists. After the ninth collapsed in 2005, only eight are left. Either way, twelve, nine or eight; it's extraordinary.

Even though it is possible to do the Great Ocean Road in a day, I recommend making the trip over a couple of days. We stayed the first night in a forest (not sure if that's actually legal though), not far from the beach, and the second night in the caravan park in Apollo Bay. Make sure you drive a bit inland to see more of the great forest areas. There are magical, secluded waterfalls just waiting to be discovered. Needless to say the wildlife is extraordinary. It is obviously a frequented tourist drive as there are warning signs everywhere saying: "In Australia we drive on the left side."
Drive carefully! 

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