Hello everyone and welcome on my little virtual adventure corner! Nice to have a break after some hectic days full of adventure and discoveries in Australia on The Great Ocean Road and after in New Zealand in the northern island.
As some of you may know, my sister got back to Los Angeles after 2 months in Melbourne and I couldn’t let this happen without planning a day for ourselves, and what better way to spend it than discovering some of the greatest places of Australia?
Luckily I’ve found a company called Sight Seeing Australia that offered just the tour we needed for a reasonable price (96 AUD). Now, the tour was a bit hectic and with a tight schedule, but then again, we did got to see a lot of places: Melba Gully State Park, The 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge. We even saw some lazy koalas in Kennett River, a small seaside town in Victoria. Morning tea and lunch was also included in the price. This is the kind of view that you get driving along the Great Ocean Road. The tour is great because it allows you to see everything major along it just in one day, but if you have the time, doing this road on a van and stopping wherever you feel like could be a wonderful experience.From the Memorial Arch that officially opens the Great Ocean Road you have this small path leading to the beach.Next stop was the small town called Kennett River where the guide tour promised us we will see koalas! Luckily we saw a few of them climbed up in the trees and it was a nice experience, even though they are too lazy and don’t move too much 😴 We also got to see some colorful parrots that happened to be very friendly!
Melba Gully State Park was next on our list, where we could breathe some fresh air in the rainforest. The flora of Australia is unique so I was very impressed to see some species of trees and plants I’ve never seen before.Alright, now off to the highlight of the day and the most popular attraction on The Great Ocean Road: The Twelve Apostles. The apostles were formed by erosion: the harsh and extreme weather conditions from the Southern Ocean gradually eroded the soft limestone to form caves in the cliffs, which then became arches, which in turn collapsed leaving rock stacks up to 50 meters high. There are currently 8 apostles left.
Our next stop, Loch Ard Gorge is named after the clipper ship Loch Ard that beached on nearby Muttonbird Island after a tumultuous journey from England. Unfortunately, only two of the 54 passengers survived.
Finally, last but not least we stopped at London Bridge. On the evening of 15 January 1990 the main arch connecting London Bridge to the mainland cracked an fell into the sea. Fortunately no one was injured. Two people marooned on the new island were rescued hours later by helicopter.
So this is how our Great Ocean Road adventure looked like. I hope I managed to give you guys a wanderlust feeling and to inspire you to explore more when you have the chance. It was a truly great experience and it wouldn’t have happened without the need to create memories. I realized we live in a pretty awesome world but what’s most important is your perspective about it. I will be missing my sister for a while but we created memories to last a lifetime and I’m really grateful for that!
Stay tuned for my next adventure in New Zealand!