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The Great Ocean Road

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by Mon's Adventure (subscribe)
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Published October 24th 2013
If there was something I underestimated about Victoria before this trip - it would be the beauty of things in cold weather.

Great Ocean Road
Stopping by to see the coast

It takes almost a 1.5 hour drive out from Melbourne to reach the start of the Great Ocean Road in Torquay. The road is known for its scenic views of Victoria's coast, so the advantage is that you do not have to "endure" a long roadtrip to your destination, but enjoy the drive and stop where you feel like.

The vast ocean scenery admist the fog captivated us, so we stopped somewhere to admire this different type of beauty. It was near the beginning of the road, so probably somewhere between Torquay and Lorne, and proves you don't have to visit in summer to enjoy the views. If you have any idea where this is, please let me know.

Great Ocean Road
Exploring the empty coast

We carried on the winding road, stopping again to admire some views, then off to try out a popular burger destination in Lorne, The Bottle of Milk. The menu has everything from beef to chicken and vegetarian burgers, thus the variety is surely enough to satisfy anyone. The joint is also located in walking distance from the beach, so you can take your deliciously messy burgers and enjoy them whilst taking in more of the views that the Great Ocean Road has in store.

Just 20 minutes off the Great Ocean Road, you can visit Erskine Falls, a popular destination. The lookout is just a short walk down on some rocky steps from the carpark, where you can view the 30 metre-high falls from below.

Erskine Falls
Erskine Falls

We didn't go any further on the Great Ocean Road, as we had a ferry to catch. This proves that you can explore some of the road and still see a lot, but that still leaves plenty more to see another day.

It was not the end of the adventure though. We drove to Queenscliff to take a Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry, courtesy of Searoad Ferries. Until boarding time, you are able to loiter at the cafe at the Queenscliff terminal. As the name indicates, the ferry takes you from the west coast of Victoria to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula. Even more convenient, the ferry can take your car ($59) across so you can drive home from Sorrento. They also have ferries going back, from Sorrento to Queenscliff, if you prefer the other way.

The ferry takes about 40 minutes and you get to enjoy more of the glistening, sapphire blue ocean up close. You can sit inside the ferry or there are seats on top of the ferry in the open. They depart quite regularly, so for more times and fares you can see here.

Searoad Ferries
The pristine ocean water from the ferry

A bonus - you might even get to see dolphins on your trip. It's evidently not guaranteed, so it just depends on your luck. On our trip, at some points you could see them from afar, but towards the end of our trip they jumped out of the water right alongside the ferry.

It was almost as if they were giving us a show, a magnificent finale at the end of the day. One note - if you're not familiar with Victoria's coastlines, it is almost always extremely windy so be prepared.

I definitely recommend the Great Ocean Road, it lives up to its reputation as a beautiful drive. I look forward to travelling a little further on it next time.
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Why? To admire Victoria's coastline on a scenic drive and ferry ride
Where: Great Ocean Road
Cost: Burgers $10-15, Ferry $59 for car and driver and $8-$20 for extra passengers.
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