Road tripping in Australia? Think endless beaches, loads of parties, snorkeling at the reef and loads of backpackers all along the east coast – or the civilized, cool beauty of the Great Ocean Road and the endless wine gardens of South Australia.
Start your roadtrip in Melbourne – the maybe most european city of Australia – with a flat white and a smashed avo toast, before you pick up your van. It won’t get more Aussie than than!
Then it’s straight off towards the Great Ocean Road, where the asphalt snakes it’s winding way next to cliffs and beaches, through fields and villages. The maybe prettiest road on the planet officially starts in Torquay, nicknamed the “center of surf”. Hit some waves at legendary Bells Beach, or just enjoy the sun and the color palette of blue and gold.
Hit the road, jack… And don’t come back!
Just follow the road, keep going through or stop in villages like
Up in the enchanted forest
Make your way to Apollo Bay that first day and take your pick at one of the plentyful campgrounds along the way – or go on an adventure and turn inland just before Apollo Bay. Up the hills, along winding roads, deep, deep in the forest lies the hidden campground of Beauchamp Falls. Here you won’t find many amenities, but lots of peace, the sweet sounds
nearby in green fairytale forests. Make sure you cozy up with a sweater and warm blankets at night because it does get chilly here!
The next morning starts with a drive the the Cape Otway Lighthouse, not just along the ocean but spectacular nonetheless. Think wide green fields, inhabited by cows of all colors and sizes, rolling hills and hairpin bends, blue blue skies and yes, you will – more than once – catch a glimpse of the wild stormy coast. But it won’t prepare you for the breathtaking views that await at the Lighthouse. The entrance fee might seem a bit steep (25$) but after all you’ve come all this way so in you go and be amazed! Climb up the lighthouse ladder and hold tight to everything near and dear, because the wind up here is a force not to be messed with. Spend some time exploring ruins and aboriginal huts and enjoy the crisp, fresh air with a cuppa or a flat white from the local cafe.
There they are – the legendary apostles
It’s 12 of them, and yes, they are beautiful and pristine and worth stopping, but you will hardy ever be the only one admiring those ancient rocks’ beauty – and might have to share your photo spot with numerous posing Asians. Head further along the coast for a glimpse of London Bridge – the arc that so unfortunately collapsed a couple of years ago and is better observed from a safe distance.
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