One of the perks of working in finance…the bank holiday! My lovely friend Jess and I packed our bags, printed our boarding cards and off we went on our latest adventure. With neither of us having previously explored Victoria, we decided to head to the Great Ocean Road.
We decided to fly into Avalon airport as this is much more convenient for the Great Ocean Road. We jumped in our hire car and made our way towards the coast at Torquay. From there we joined the Great Ocean Road and began our journey south-west.
Our first stop was at the world famous mecca for surfers; Bells Beach. A stunning stretch of coastline which boasts some impressive waves. We sat and watched the surfers for a while as more and more joined with hope of catching the perfect wave.
After another half an hour or so we came across Split Point Lighthouse a lovely old traditional lighthouse and to Jess’ delight I introduced her to the English phenomenon of the perfectly legitimate snack time between breakfast and lunch: “elevenses”.
We sat at the quaint little café next to the lighthouse and had tea and scone with cream and jam. From here we drive another hour or so and came to Lorne. With a few sweet cafes and boutiques it was nice to stretch our legs along the high street and back along the beach. We stopped at Lorne Beach Pavilion for a soup and the beautiful view. While you are at Lorne definitely make the journey up the hill slightly to Teddy’s lookout. The view is spectacular and definitely worth the climb.
From Lorne we diverted off the GOR for ten minutes, through lush rainforest, until we reached Erskine Falls. There is a steep climb down a cobbled staircase, passed mossy walls and giant ferns to the bottom of the spectacular falls.We re-joined the GOR and winded our way along the cliff hugging road until we reached (another) good photo opportunity, a wooden archway crosses the road, erected to honour the war veterans which built the road.
We arrived at our first stopover in Apollo Bay. We found a cute little apartment called Blue Bollard; an excellently appointed one bedroom place, complete with a well received heated blanket in the bed.
Apollo Bay looked as though it had a few options for supper, one in particular caught our eye ‘La Bimba’ which unfortunately was closed for the colder winter weeks. Despite this good selection we decided to retreat to our cosy and comfy sofa, drawer full of movies, log fire and fluffy robes. We cracked open the bubbles, cheese and crackers and snuggled in for the night.
So far, so beautiful. Let’s hope tomorrow brings the same.