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A Photo Story: Great Ocean Road Tripping

May 4, 2015

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.

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Some of my favorite photos from the trip: shots from the minivan proving that the window seat is worth fighting for…

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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!

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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.

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Two of our other favorite stops: small town exploring outside of Lorne and in Torquay.

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8 Comments

  • Reply letmebefreeblog May 23, 2015 at 8:48 am

    That is cool, I have never seen a Koala in the wild!

    • Reply hummingbirdaway May 23, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      I really didn’t expect to see any! I could hardly handle myself haha

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      • Reply Katie June 16, 2015 at 1:06 am

        Thanks, Elgun! Lots more coming soon 🙂

  • Reply Maddy June 8, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    I’m back for some more Australia inspiration! The photos in this post are unbelievable as well! And seeing both kangaroos and koalas in the wild is something I would never even expect, being from Southern California. When I think of those little guys, I think about previous trips to the zoo! Amazing post! 🙂
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    • Reply hummingbirdaway June 9, 2015 at 3:57 am

      I could NOT have been more psyched to see kangaroos and koalas! The kangaroos were exciting because they were such a surprise, but the koalas were probably my favorites 🙂 So happy you’re finding some Australia inspiration!

  • Reply Valeriia January 30, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Koala! Sooo cute! Awwwww!
    Your pictures are very inspiring 😉
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    • Reply Katie January 30, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Thanks, Valeriia!! I was SO excited to see koalas on the Great Ocean Road – still not over it 😉

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