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Day Trip Along Great Ocean Road

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by Michaela Swampillai (subscribe)
An aspiring travel writer wishing to see more of the world. Currently living in Melbourne, and discovering its wonders.
Published June 11th 2013
Follow the scenic route and discover something for you
Great Ocean Drive
The view along the coast

The Great Ocean Drive is always a priority, at some point, for residents or long-term visitors in Australia. When I was little my parents and I embarked on that journey from Adelaide, hoping to reach Melbourne. Unfortunately, we only made it to Port Campbell so this June, we decided to close the gap and finish the journey we started - starting from Melbourne. There was much to see as we explored the scenic views, and discovered interesting areas along the coastal drive.

Aireys Inlet
We left early in the morning and stopped at Aireys Inlet for a light breakfast by the sea. Our picnic basket consisted of some crackers, a handful of grapes, and homemade coffee that Mum brought for us, to sip and enjoy the seaside views. There was no one around us as we sat on the bench happily eating. The waves were rough and the breeze was rather chilly, but thankfully the sun was up, and its rays made the weather bearable. So far, it was a good start to the day.

picnic bench at Aireys Inlet
Picnic bench at Aireys Inlet

Just 30 minutes away was our next destination: Lorne. Initially, we had no intention of stopping by, other than to grab some brochures from the Visitor's centre, but something caught my attention. A lovely teahouse covered with vines allured us to stop over for a cup of tea. The deck outside was brightly lit, and the words above read "River Tea House".

river tea house lorne
River Tea House Lorne

As I entered, I was greeted by warm and friendly faces. They pointed me to a large shelf where the tealeaves were kept. Each box of tealeaves was placed in a compartment in the shelf. The flavours were various and interesting. I was welcomed to smell a number of them. I picked up the caramel flavoured, the forest berry, and finally settled for a calming Turkish Apple. It's true when they say that the further away you are from Melbourne, the cheaper things are. A pot of fruit tea would only cost you $5.

tea at River Tea House
Turkish Apple tea $5

There was an antique aroma as I roamed around the place. The teahouse itself had a vintage appeal, but not your average kind. The décor was a fusion between Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures. The setting was mainly Chinese and Japanese-inspired, but with a hint of Turkish decorations. Modern pop songs played faintly in the background, as customers enjoyed their Afternoon tea.

The layout of the teahouse was done in an unusual but enthralling manner. The seatings were diverse. There were benches, couches, pillows, and rustic chairs to get comfortable on. Unlike other teahouses, this one had something extra to offer. There was a separate room, attached to the lounge, where antique home wares and novelties were for sale. These creations are from all corners of the world, ranging from vintage Chinese glassware, to colourful silk Thai scarves. You could even purchase furniture, which included some of the tables and decorations that were displayed in the lounge. The pricing is moderate and everything up for sale is unique, making each item stand out in your home.

seating at river tea house lorne
Unique seatings at decorations

Port Campbell
After driving for three and a half hours, we finally reached our destination. Our goal was not only to reach Port Campbell, but to visit the 12 Apostles as well. The wind was harsh and the sky was slightly grey, but there was a moment where the sunlight crept in and reflected of the waters. It created a magical view to watch - that is, if you could manage to keep your hair in place.

12 apostles
12 Apostles

We had a late lunch at a local fish and chippery. Oh the comfort and joy of hot food on a windy day. My parents and I marvelled at how good and eventful the day had been. It's safe to say that we can finally tick off the Great Ocean Drive of our list.
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Why? To discover your own unique journey along the coast
When: Anytime during the year. Preferably not when raining.
Where: Great Ocean Road
Cost: Free
Your Comment
You have some lovely photos there. It's nice to read how other people experience the same thing. Will have to check out a few of the spots you mentioned next time I'm there.
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2320 days ago
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