Road trips are enjoyed by many people and can help to build a lifetime of memories. There are few better ways to see the countryside than with a road trip, and there are few road trips better than one down the Great Ocean Road. Even if you don’t live near the Great Ocean Road, getting to it is a simple matter of flying in to Melbourne and stopping by one of the Europcar kiosks and hiring an auto for the road trip.
The Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road stretches along 243 kilometres (151 miles) of the south-eastern coast of Australia. Built between 1919 and 1932, the Great Ocean Road is the world’s largest memorial as it is dedicated to the casualties of World War I. In addition to serving as a monument to those who lost their lives in the Great War, it is also one of the most popular attractions in the area, enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. Along this beautiful stretch of road, you can find access to several landmarks. You can learn more about the Great Ocean Road here. Below are a few of those landmarks you might want to explore on your road trip.
Many people come to Anglesea to visit the pristine beaches, but there are also a wonderful collection of little shops along the Riverbank. You can spend all Sunday shopping in these wonderful shops, then relax at one of the beautiful picnic areas long the sides of the river. Golf and surfing are also attractions of this area.
Apollo Bay is a quaint little seaside village and a great place to use as your base of operations during your exploration of the region. If you’ve ever wanted to go kayaking with local seals or enjoy deep-sea fishing, then Apollo Bay is a great stopover for your road trip along the Great Ocean Road.
If you prefer a bit more of a Mediterranean feel along with your charming seaside towns, then Lorne is a great choice. This village is close to the Otways but also plays host to some excellent shopping and restaurant experiences.
If you want to get in touch with nature, there are few better places to do so than the Otway Forest. This rainforest is filled with trees of inestimable age, lush ferns and breathtaking waterfalls. To fully experience the gorgeous forest, make sure to take advantage of the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk. More information about the Otways can be found here.
Another fishing village, Port Fairy is one of the most charming along the Great Ocean Road. One of the best times to visit this village is during the Port Fairy Folk Festival, which is held in March each year and is one of the largest music festivals in Australia. Even when the festival is not going on, the village is a great place to experience art, craft and antique shops. You can learn more about Port Fairy by clicking here.
Considered by many to be the most famous attraction along the Great Ocean Road, the 12 Apostles are a series of beautiful standing stones formed by millions of years of erosion of the region’s limestone cliffs. Getting to the 12 Apostles requires about a 4-hour drive from Melbourne, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful views of the Great Ocean Road itself. The natural erosion of the area is still taking place, so make sure to bring your camera to grab a shot of this beautiful landmark as it stands currently. Learn more about the 12 Apostles here.
Fun And Full of Memories
Regardless of the attractions and activities in which you partake during your road trip along the Great Ocean Road, you are sure to have a great time and build memories that will last you for the rest of your life. Don’t hesitate; adventure awaits!