Today’s *Honeymoon Heaven* inspiration features *A Road Trip Along The Great Ocean Road*
Back when I was visiting some family in South Australia, Mr Sparkle Pearls and Lace decided to join me and take me on my first ever road trip.
I was envisioning some kind of American teen movie experience but I was more than pleasantly surprised! We picked up a hire car from Adelaide and loaded the teeny tiny vehicle with as much stuff as I could literally squeeze in. I wasn’t great at travelling lightly back then or packing appropriately, so I took pretty much everything with me that I had. The car was brimming with luggage, and we embarked upon a journey that took in some of the most impressive coastal scenery I have ever seen.
The Great Ocean Road is a 150 mile stretch of beautiful winding tarmac that hugs the coastline between Allansford and Torquay in Victoria, Southern Australia. People often take a few days to drive the extended route between Adelaide and Melbourne and break the journey up with stops in the beautiful seaside towns along the route.
This is what we decided to do, stopping at Robe, Port Fairy, Apollo Bay and Torquay on the way. Robe had lovely beaches and a nice seaside atmosphere, whilst Port Fairy is set around a pretty marina. Apollo Bay is slightly larger and has great views over the surrounding area from its highest points. Torquay meanwhile is a larger more modern town situated close to the famous surfing spot of Bells Beach.
If you only have time for 1 or 2 days of sightseeing, you could take the driving out of it and book yourself onto a group trip from Melbourne. If you are worried about the driving and missing the view, don’t worry because there are literally hundreds of places that you can stop along the way to get out and take pictures…and you’ll find you keep taking more pictures as the views seem to keep changing and improving with every turn in the road!
Some of the main highlights that people flock to the Great Ocean Road for are the coastal rock formations. These include the famous 12 Apostles, which are a sequence of stacks and stumps eroded by the sea. Although there are no longer 12, they still are an iconic image of Southern Australia. Other famous formations include London Bridge, Loch Ard George and The Grotto.
Away from the dramatic formations, there are glorious beaches, caves, thick forests and rainforests, as well as cascading waterfalls and picturesque lighthouses. There is something for everyone along the winding route from surf museums to coastal walks and the relatively quiet roads really are a pleasure to drive. We even saw kangaroos and whales whilst driving along the road!
The drives were long but there was so much impressive scenery that it really did not feel like they were as long they actually were. We knew every word of every song on the CD’s we had taken with us by the end of the trip and had invented some pretty impressive driving games too. That was all part of the fun of this road trip and I felt a huge sense of accomplishment once we arrived in Melbourne.
You can obviously easily combine the route with either Adelaide or Melbourne, which are both domestic and International hubs, meaning you can reach anywhere in Australia easily, along with New Zealand, the South Pacific and hubs in Asia like Singapore and Hong Kong. The Great Ocean Road really is an amazing destination and well worth the drive!
Next week | Pangkor Laut, Malaysia