One of the most iconic road trips in Australia is the Great Ocean Road in Victoria and September 19th this year marks 100 years from the day that commencement of its construction began. One of the most unique things about this epic drive is that it’s the world’s largest war memorial, built by returned World War 1 servicemen. It’s one of those road trips in Australia that is on everyone’s ‘one day’ list and I finally got around to driving this way in April this year.
Apollo Bay is another destination on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria that wows you from which ever direction you arrive. The town that hugs the bay spreads upwards with houses built on the hillsides giving panoramic views of the town and bay. The Pisces Big 4 Apollo Bay Holiday Park also takes advantage of its position, being nestled into the hillside with just the Great Ocean Road separating it from a coastal walking path and the ocean. The caravan park has all the amenities you would expect with the bonus of a pool and an excellent play area for the kids including a bike track and basketball court.
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to staying in picturesque, friendly towns as you travel along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, but we had a tip to definitely stay at Wye River between Apollo Bay and Lorne. Not one of the better known places maybe, and one we might have overlooked for a bigger town, but it all makes perfect sense if you like a caravan park in an idyllic location, teeming with wildlife, across the road from a beach and walking distance to a hotel with magnificent views. What’s not to love?
For travellers wanting the closest place to stay and see some astonishingly beautiful natural attractions on the Great Ocean Road, you’d better pencil in to stay a while at Port Campbell and in particular the NRMA Holiday Park.
When driving the iconic Great Ocean Road in Victoria, a stay at the town of Port Campbell is a must to take in all that this region has to offer. Not only is it the closest place to stay for the impressive natural coastal attractions such as the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and more, but just as importantly are the food and beverage options that deserve time to savour.
Having just completed a trip along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria for the first time, a few things surprised me. I was expecting spectacular coastal scenery along a cliff hugging winding road and seeing plenty of other travellers on the road but there were some unexpected surprises too which I will share with you. For those who have yet to travel this iconic road in Australia, you may find the tips helpful and for those of you who have done it, you can nod along.
The Ripcurl Pro Bells Beach is on from Wednesday 17 April to Saturday 27 April 2019. We landed in Torquay just before the event this year and took a look at the famous surfing hot spot of Bells Beach. Continue reading