Great Ocean Road

Day 3 and we officially made it onto the Great Ocean Road, arguably one of the most beautiful drives in the world.

 And it's not hard to see why.

First stop was Kennet River to spot some koalas. The trees are absolutely filled with them, all snoozing in the midday sun. You can see them at several stops along the road but we found this to be the best place to get up close and personal with some of the famous wildlife.

Just be careful of the more infamous wildlife...

Once we'd satiated our need for cuteness, we continued on to Loch Ard Gorge. With pretty cool stalactites and a narrow opening out to the ocean which forces the waves to come crashing through onto the shore, this place is impressive.

And it's pretty fun for a mess around too.

Next up was the most famous landmark on the Great Ocean Road - The Twelve Apostles. And they were breathtaking.

Who knew some big rocks sticking out of the ocean could be so utterly amazing?

Not content with admiring them from afar, we descended Gibsons Steps to wander underneath the 70 metre high cliffs. 

It's no wonder this place is so famous, it's absolutely stunning.

Things don't get any less beautiful further along the road though. There's the simply named, The Arch. Created through natural erosion, at high tide the waves come crashing right through the middle of it.

Similarly, there's London Bridge, an homage to home. It used to be a proper archway but in 1990 it collapsed leaving 2 people stranded in the middle of the sea! Luckily they were rescued but, unfortunately, the same can't be said about the rock formation.

Then there's the Grotto. In complete contrast to the rough ocean, the large rock pools are perfectly still and rather calming. 

With that heart shaped pool it's rather romantic as well really

The final big sight is the Bay of Martyrs/Bay of Islands. Large rock 'islands' rise up out of the water at varying distances. It looks as if they were always there but it wasn't always the case. The main coastline used to be 300 metres further into the ocean but over time, as it eroded, these islands were left standing alone.

But don't worry it doesn't end there, there are plenty of beach-y stops all along the way so you'll never run out of beautiful things to see. 

So, pack your camera, book a flight, jump in the car and get ready to feel the sand between your toes, the sun on your back and crystal clear water lapping at your ankles. (And maybe take a jumper, it can get mighty nippy)


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