• a slow road trip down // the great ocean road

great ocean road // mahabis journalphoto: reefoutback

 

Known as one of the most scenic road journeys in the world, Australia’s Great Ocean Road can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace in just a couple of days. We recommend taking things slowly, stretching the trip out to a week to make time to linger on cliff tops, relax on beaches and experience the diversity of the wildlife as you wander through rainforests.

 

The Great Ocean Road

Stretching for just over 400 miles from Torquay to Warrnambool, the trip doesn’t take in any big cities, but rather concentrates on showcasing the very best in Australian landscapes and wildlife. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to come face to face with whales, kangaroos and koala bears whilst witnessing staggeringly beautiful coastlines and relaxing on secluded beaches.

 

great ocean road // mahabis journalphoto: via wikipedia

 

Bells Beach to Apollo Bay

Before setting off on your drive, spend some time unwinding and watching the surfers on Bells Beach, one of the most famous surfing beaches in Australia. The perfect place to unwind, lie back and observe or, if you’re feeling adventurous, jump into the action and take a surfing lesson yourself.

Driving east to west, the next destination that you will encounter is Anglesea, where the famous golf course awaits. Take time out from your trip for a short game, keeping your eyes peeled for the kangaroos that are known to encroach on the course from time to time. There is a distinctive relaxed and bohemian atmosphere in the town, making it the perfect resting spot to stop and unwind.

 

great ocean road // mahabis journalphoto: oceanhouse

 

As the road continues, the views become more and more impressive as you sweep along the coast on a cliff-top route. Take the opportunity to stop wherever possible, to leave your car and take a short walk along the cliffs, stopping to eat a picnic whilst admiring the views. Don’t miss the chance to visit one of the oldest lighthouses in Australia, where you can climb to the top and take in the panoramic views.

Upon reaching Apollo Bay, take a sunset stroll along the shoreline, basking in the spectacular colours reflecting upon the water.

 

Great Otway National Park

This gigantic National Park covers 103,000 hectares of rainforest and coastline, offering excellent opportunities for getting back to nature. Guided tours through the rainforest hope to discover koala bears residing in their natural habitat, and take you to visit beautiful waterfalls, under which you can cool off in refreshing pools of water.

 

great otway national park // mahabis journalphoto: thousand wonders

 

Take to the treetops on the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk, the longest and highest treetop canopy walkway in the entire world. Here, you can wander amongst the treetops, taking in a bird’s eye view of the rainforest. If you’re feeling more adventurous, opt for the adrenalin-fuelled Zip Line Tour.

Before you hop back into your car, try hiking a short stretch of the Great Ocean Walk, which stretches for over 50 miles along the coastline. Seek out secluded beaches on which to relax and unwind, and indulge in a spot of swimming.

 

The Shipwreck Coast

Some of the most dramatic and iconic sights on the Great Ocean Road occur during the final stretch from Apollo Bay down to Warrnambool. You will find yourself constantly parking up to exit the car and explore your surroundings.

 

twelve apostles // mahabis journalphoto: via reddit

 

The Twelve Apostles are the first breath-taking sight that you will come across on the Shipwreck Coast. Although there are now only eight Apostles (four have crumbled into the sea), these limestone pillars are one of the main sights that draw visitors to this coastline. Once you have admired the Apostles from the road, descend the Gibson steps to spend some time relaxing on the beach in front of them.

Try to keep your eyes on the road as it sweeps along the coastal clifftops, revealing a host of dramatic landscapes. The London Arch (previously known as the London Bridge before the connecting natural bridge to the mainland collapsed into the sea) is a naturally occurring stone archway in the ocean. Shortly following the London Arch, you will come across The Grotto, a hollowed out cave that can be explored via a steep staircase down to the shoreline.

Once you reach the final destination on your route, spend some time unwinding before heading to Logan’s Beach. 

 

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a slow road trip down // the great ocean road

great ocean road // mahabis journalphoto: reefoutback

 

Known as one of the most scenic road journeys in the world, Australia’s Great Ocean Road can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace in just a couple of days. We recommend taking things slowly, stretching the trip out to a week to make time to linger on cliff tops, relax on beaches and experience the diversity of the wildlife as you wander through rainforests.

 

The Great Ocean Road

Stretching for just over 400 miles from Torquay to Warrnambool, the trip doesn’t take in any big cities, but rather concentrates on showcasing the very best in Australian landscapes and wildlife. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to come face to face with whales, kangaroos and koala bears whilst witnessing staggeringly beautiful coastlines and relaxing on secluded beaches.

 

great ocean road // mahabis journalphoto: via wikipedia

 

Bells Beach to Apollo Bay

Before setting off on your drive, spend some time unwinding and watching the surfers on Bells Beach, one of the most famous surfing beaches in Australia. The perfect place to unwind, lie back and observe or, if you’re feeling adventurous, jump into the action and take a surfing lesson yourself.

Driving east to west, the next destination that you will encounter is Anglesea, where the famous golf course awaits. Take time out from your trip for a short game, keeping your eyes peeled for the kangaroos that are known to encroach on the course from time to time. There is a distinctive relaxed and bohemian atmosphere in the town, making it the perfect resting spot to stop and unwind.

 

great ocean road // mahabis journalphoto: oceanhouse

 

As the road continues, the views become more and more impressive as you sweep along the coast on a cliff-top route. Take the opportunity to stop wherever possible, to leave your car and take a short walk along the cliffs, stopping to eat a picnic whilst admiring the views. Don’t miss the chance to visit one of the oldest lighthouses in Australia, where you can climb to the top and take in the panoramic views.

Upon reaching Apollo Bay, take a sunset stroll along the shoreline, basking in the spectacular colours reflecting upon the water.

 

Great Otway National Park

This gigantic National Park covers 103,000 hectares of rainforest and coastline, offering excellent opportunities for getting back to nature. Guided tours through the rainforest hope to discover koala bears residing in their natural habitat, and take you to visit beautiful waterfalls, under which you can cool off in refreshing pools of water.

 

great otway national park // mahabis journalphoto: thousand wonders

 

Take to the treetops on the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk, the longest and highest treetop canopy walkway in the entire world. Here, you can wander amongst the treetops, taking in a bird’s eye view of the rainforest. If you’re feeling more adventurous, opt for the adrenalin-fuelled Zip Line Tour.

Before you hop back into your car, try hiking a short stretch of the Great Ocean Walk, which stretches for over 50 miles along the coastline. Seek out secluded beaches on which to relax and unwind, and indulge in a spot of swimming.

 

The Shipwreck Coast

Some of the most dramatic and iconic sights on the Great Ocean Road occur during the final stretch from Apollo Bay down to Warrnambool. You will find yourself constantly parking up to exit the car and explore your surroundings.

 

twelve apostles // mahabis journalphoto: via reddit

 

The Twelve Apostles are the first breath-taking sight that you will come across on the Shipwreck Coast. Although there are now only eight Apostles (four have crumbled into the sea), these limestone pillars are one of the main sights that draw visitors to this coastline. Once you have admired the Apostles from the road, descend the Gibson steps to spend some time relaxing on the beach in front of them.

Try to keep your eyes on the road as it sweeps along the coastal clifftops, revealing a host of dramatic landscapes. The London Arch (previously known as the London Bridge before the connecting natural bridge to the mainland collapsed into the sea) is a naturally occurring stone archway in the ocean. Shortly following the London Arch, you will come across The Grotto, a hollowed out cave that can be explored via a steep staircase down to the shoreline.

Once you reach the final destination on your route, spend some time unwinding before heading to Logan’s Beach. 

 

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