One of the must-do things here in the state of Victoria, and probably of the entire nation, is taking a road-trip on the Great Ocean Road.
On one of the few entirely free days we’ve had since arriving to Melbourne (Matteo and I have been working with different shifts, unluckily) we decided to organise this little journey. We were lucky enough to arrange it with some of my work friends, which made it cheaper and also fun!
The Great Ocean Road is a long coastal route that takes from Melbourne to the border with South Australia, for about 3000km. The idea was to start the day early, stop along the way and head back home by night.
We rented a car and Kayleigh, the driver for the entire day (thanks Kayleigh!) pick us up at Southern Cross Station at around 8am. From there we headed South-West along the bay. On our way we opted to follow an alternative inland route from Geelong towards the west down to Warrnambool. This gave us the opportunity to see some of the beautiful fields of the state of Victoria.
Just before arriving to Warrnambool, we followed the directions for the GOR heading East again and soon reach the elevated route that follows the sea. We didn’t have a real plan: apart from stopping at the famous highlights, we just followed our guts and took a break, a walk, many pictures when we wanted and when we saw something interesting.
There are many observation points along the way from where you can get a great view: we stopped at the London Bridge, the Arch, The Grotto, the 12 Apostles and a few more spots.
We even got to see koalas in the wild, at the Great Otway National Park: I love them, the are so fluffy and unstressed. We also stopped in Lorne and headed to the Erskine Falls.
The contrast between the sea with hundreds of blues, the brown and reddish rocks and the dark greenery is just incredible. The day was not sunny, and the weather kept changing, but this made the panorama even better. Each look was different, with different shades, different lights, but one thing is always the same, always astonishing, here Down Under: the sky is so deep.