The Great Ocean Rd and The Grampians, Australia

The Great Ocean Road

Myself and Rachel booked on to a tour group through Peter Pan to see the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians. Our tour was held with Wild Life Tours and we had a guide with us the whole way through (although he was a bit on the scattered side!) We’d a great time and the sites that we were brought to were amazing!

 

We had a bit of a late start to the day because we may have slept in and just woke up when the bus was meant to be leaving but they held out for us… thank God! We headed off for the Great Ocean Road which brings you all along the coast. The beaches that we saw were beautiful, the wild life so cute (sleeping koala bears!!! agh!) and the jungle/ bush impressive. The bush walk was in Mait’s Rest Rainforest and I got to see some of the tallest trees!

The best bit of the GOR though was definitely the 12 Apostles. We had perfect weather and the crowds weren’t that big because we went mid week so we got the chance to take loads of snaps.

Twelve Apostles

After the 12 Apostles, we stopped off at Loch Ard Gorge and the beach there is a little bit of heaven. It’s covered by cliffs so it doesn’t get much waves but perfect for swimming.

Loch ard gorge beach

Other view points that we stopped at were the ‘Shipwreck’ and ‘London Bridge’. We just missed the sunset here but it was great to see the cliff formations all the same.

London Bridge
London Bridge

We finished off the day with a bite to eat and then a 3 hr bus journey to the Grampians where our hostel was. On the drive to the hostel we saw about 50 kangaroos, all who were trying to jump in front of the bus – Lunatics! We arrived around 1am as we were a bit behind schedule and had an early start of 6 the following day.

The Grampians

The second day of our tour started off with us chasing the sun rise and we just caught the end of it. We had a clear look out from the Balconies and a birds eye view of the whole valley.

Next on the itinerary was the McKenzie Falls which was definitely the highlight of the whole trip. From our drop off, we had a 510m walk down to the base of the waterfall. It was absolutely gorgeous!

McKenzie falls
McKenzie falls

Following the McKenzie Falls we stopped off at Bromburk The National Park and Cultural Centre where we saw wild cockatoos and had some coffee.

Rach and the cockatoo
Rach and the cockatoo

We started the journey home which took another couple of hours and got back a little after 6.

I would recommend anyone who is coming to Melbourne to do this tour as it was a great opportunity to see Australias beautiful coastline. If you do book through a travel agency though, make sure that your package is exactly what you’re going on. There was a couple of people in our group who had been told there was wine tasting as well and were a bit disappointed to find that wasn’t the case!

I’ve updated the gallery with more pics from the trip! 🙂

Sunrise at the balconies
Sunrise at the Balconies

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