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Great Ocean Road
Australia

 

 

Apollo Bay, Great Ocean Rd,  Australia

Apollo Bay, a typical seaside town on the GOR.

Apollo Bay is one of the Great Ocean Road's most pleasant seaside towns, calm and rural in feel, it is has a good selection of no-star accommodation and is parked between rolling green hills and clear blue waters, with sufficient sand to keep the kids happy, just enough surf for the young dudes, and sailing or walks for older layabouts.

 

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Otway Fly Tree Top Walk, Great Ocean Road, Australia

The Otway Fly Tree Top Walk.

Near Beech Forest, Lavers Hill, a few kilometres off the GOR, the Fly takes walkers 25m above the ground and through the Otway Ranges rainforest. It's 2.5 hours from Melbourne via the inland route or 3.5 hours via the GOR.

 

 

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Australia

A few of Australia's remaining Twelve Apostles.

Australia's spectacular sea stacks off the south east coast are the result of centuries of wave erosion on soft limestone, first cutting tunnels through jutting cliffs, gradually increasing to archways and finally collapsing the land link completely; in one case in 1990 stranding two tourists on the isolated stack.

Much touted as the sight on The Great Ocean Road, access is controlled and mainly from above by walkways that are likely to be crowded by other gawping camera-wallies desperate for premium pictures. For those with time and a desire for exercise it is possible to hit the beach a few kilometres down the road and walk along to the first of the Apostles.

English visitors may remark upon similiarities with Old Harry Rocks and Durdle Door in Dorset or the recently collapsed Needles on the Isle of Wight.

The breezy and charming village of Port Campbell (280km from Melbourne via the GOR) is the nearest accommodation centre to the Twelve Apostles, as well as to the not-dissimilar Loch Ard Gorge and its three marked walking trails. Port Campbell embraces a fine little beach as well as a couple of pleasant restaurants and small hotels.

 

The boring road from Great Ocean Road to Adelaide,  Australia

The long and tediously not-very-winding road to Adelaide from the Great Ocean Road.

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A quick look at the map might give road warriors the impression that a run from Melbourne to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road is a good plan. This would fit in nicely in with a circular tour starting from Sydney, through Melbourne and Adelaide, train or plane to Alice Springs and Uluru in Australia's Red Centre, plane to Cairns, then a drive down the east coast back to Sydney.

But...Australia is a lot bigger than one imagines. Do not underestimate distances nor overestimate the interesting sights en route. For example, from the official end of the Great Ocean Road at Warrnambool to Adelaide is 655kms (400mls), at least 8 hours pedal to metal, and most of the scenery is as pictured above. i.e. not wildly stimulating.

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