Road tripping down the Great Ocean Road

I’m sitting here at Waurn Ponds Railway Station, having heard the cancellation of two consecutive trains on the V Line.

Tough luck for a rookie who’s taking her very first regional train.

I thought I would put my time to good use since I’d be waiting around anyway, to pen down the travels along the Great Ocean Road.

The Great Ocean Road was the first road trip I made when I arrived in Melbourne four months ago. It was the tail-end of Winter and freezing, and now in Summer, there doesn’t seem to be much of a change. It’s 16C as I’m writing this, with strong, chilly wind howling outside the wait zone.

The below captures memories from both my trips here (Aug and Dec 2022):

We weren’t able to book a caravan and ended up with a mix of motels and camping – both of which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Apollo Bay

Erskine Falls
Marriner’s Lookout

Random viewpoints along the Great Ocean Road

Princetown Recreation Reserve & Camping

Cape Otway Lightstation

Great Otway National Park

Johanna Cottage

Probably one of the most beautiful places I’ve stayed in

Twelve Apostles (or Sow & the Piglets)

Turns out the name “Twelve Apostles” was purely a marketing gimmick to get more tourists to visit! Obviously works as more than two million tourists visit every year!

Gibson Steps

Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge, Bay of Martyrs, Bay of Islands, Triplet Falls

Merry Christmas from the cheekiest bunch of OZ tourists!

Warrnambool

Extremely beautiful little town, away from the hustle and bustle of its noisier neighbours

Warrnambool Wildlife Encounter

Intimate get-to-know session with OZ’s wildlife. Worth every penny and learned so much!

Selfie game going strong 💪🏼
#howmytinderdatesviewme

Keayang Maar Vineyard

One of the better vineyards of four that we’ve tried in Victoria so far. Love the unfiltered Pinot Noir and unfiltered Shiraz! The cheese platter was also rock solid. #willvisitagain

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Love this place! Spotted lots of wildlife like emus and koalas

Lake Edge Cafe

Jan Juc

An unexpected find as we set off for Jan Juc. This cosy hut housed some of the most delicious food, a beautiful Shiraz and had one of the most sincere hospitality staff. #highlyrecommend

Split Point Lighthouse
Bellbrae Estate – Not a massive fan of the wine tastings.
Wolseley Wines – on the other hand, super no frills, but excellent wines.

And there you go, ending this post now that I’m onboard the train. There’s a weirdo seated next to me who keeps blabbering. Wish me luck that he doesn’t come disturb me 😶‍🌫️

Also, a huge shoutout to Angel, Vlad, Mirko and Dao for making the long trip down to Melbourne to visit. Thanks for all the memories, singing, wine and dine and BBQs, and just being the best bunch ever ❤️

Best, Olly’22

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