About a month ago (and just in time, as in turned out, to catch the last few days of hot, sunny summer!), seven of us rented a minivan and headed for the Great Ocean Road. After over three months in Australia, it was my first real venture outside of Melbourne — and as much as I adore this place, I don’t think I realized how much I needed to get out of the city and into some nature until we got there. One of the best parts of the Great Ocean Road was finding how entirely not overdeveloped it is, a happy surprise considering what a popular destination it is. Between the gorgeous coastline, long countryside drives between towns and unexpectedly limited cell service, the trip was a much-needed break from city living. These photos are from the three and a half days we spent exploring the road between Torquay and Warrnambool. For all of the fun details about where we stopped, stayed and explored, read on here.
Some of my favorite photos from the trip: shots from the minivan proving that the window seat is worth fighting for…
Also surprising? The incredible diversity of landscapes along this 243-kilometer stretch of road — not to mention how easily we were able to (finally!) see some Aussie wildlife!
While the Twelve Apostles are the Great Ocean Road’s biggest attraction (and they are incredible!), it wasn’t even the most exciting part of exploring Port Campbell National Park.
Two of our other favorite stops: small town exploring outside of Lorne and in Torquay.