By the time we get out of Torquay, the small surf town where we are staying, and to the Great Ocean Road the sun is behind us, warming the backs of our shoulders and necks, and ahead, the Southern Ocean is glistening.
Along the first stretch of the Great Ocean Road we’re pulling off at almost every turnout to take in the view and snap a few pictures. But after the fourth or fifth time we realize there are countless beaches, and the whole drive is going to be incredibly picturesque. We just sit back, relax, and take it in.
Our first stop along the way was in Lorne. We grabbed coffee and were also hoping to see some koala bears. Lorne is your typical beachside town with some good spots for fish and chips, but we soon realized that the koala bear walk we were searching for was actually a bit further down the Great Ocean Road near Wye River. So, we just checked out Teddy lookout point before continuing on.
About twenty minutes further down the Great Ocean Road from Lorne we reached Wye River. We found the Koala Walk, but unfortunately, we still didn’t have much luck with koalas. The spot used to be home to many of the furry creatures, however, a fire in 2015 really diminished the population and so we only spotted one, and it was hardly even visible in the trees.
Only slightly discouraged, we made our way back to the Great Ocean Road again, this time with our sights set on the 12 Apostles. From Torquay it is about a three and a half hour drive to the 12 Apostles Visitor Centre, so we had about two and half hours to go.
Seeing the 12 Apostles was probably one of the most anticipated moments of my trip, so rather than just taking in the world famous limestone pillars along with all the other tourists on the ground….we took a helicopter.
This is known as the ‘London Arch’.
The views from the helicopter took my breath away. I could have stayed in the air for hours looking down at the coastline. So, craving more, we did still walk over to see the 12 Apostles at ground level as well. That’s when you really get a sense of their scale.
And just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we drove just down the road from the 12 Apostles and the London Arch to the Loch Ard Gorge (or just ‘the Gorge’).
We even saw a dolphin surface in the water at the Gorge. Hard to beat that.