So, this is the day two installment of my road trip of the great ocean road.
Hopefully you enjoyed the first post and it was insightful enough!
We got up, not quite refreshed (due to some bed drama at the hostel), but still feeling fairly sleepy, driving definitely takes it out of me.
After coffee and some snacks were were ready to go.
After saying goodbye to our lovely hostel we got back on the road to go back the 10 minutes to the twelve apostles, hoping to see it in a less rainy setting.
Although it wasn’t perfect conditions we were able to see the twelve apostles and the surrounding areas in a lot better weather. However jumpers were still needed!
The twelve apostles are a must to see if you’re in Australia. The varied rock formations are pretty spectacular, the sea washing up on the shore is scenic in itself.
Pretty picturesque, isn’t it?
The layers of the rock and the vastness of the formations and cliff faces is really breathtaking, if you are ever in the area or in need of a road trip I urge you to go see them.
You will not be disappointed.
Once we were done ogling the twelve apostles we hit the road again and carried on down the great ocean road.
On the way to our next destination, Warrnambool, we stopped at a few look outs and views.
One in particular really caught our eye, and in our opinion was just as amazing as the twelve apostles.
The London Bridge.
Also known as the London arch, it is an off shore natural arch. It has been given this name as in 1990 the middle of the formation collapses due to gradual erosion.
It actually left two tourists stranded on the other side who had to be rescued by a helicopter.
We found the story very interesting and were in awe of the formation that we unexpectedly stopped at.
Next we arrived at Warrnambool.
Warrnambool is the official western end of the great ocean road, from Melbourne if you drove straight it is about 6 hours and 20 mins away.
Here is a really good sight for the timings and distances.
So Warrnambool, there isn’t much to do there, however it was a lovely place and a lot bigger than we thought.
We’d passed so many tiny places we just assumed it was all going to be tiny coastal towns.
We wandered round and stretched out legs, what we gathered from people we met is not many people go as far as Warrnambool.
But we wanted to do it properly. We had such a delicious dinner there. I actually wish I took a picture (if I took pictures of my food).
Maybe it was the crisps and biscuits I’d been living on the day before, but it was amazing.
It was called the Last Coach, and I highly recommend it. The owner was so lovely and helpful and gave us some leaflets and advice of stuff to see.
Warrnambool also has a beautiful coast line and a maritime village to explore if you want to see something interesting.
After we were well fed we carried on down the road about 15 minutes to Tower Hill wildlife reserve.
Tower Hill is a very important reserve for Aboriginal culture, it is also the setting of a volcanic crater. The reserve is home to a variety of trails you can follow, each is different with different wildlife and creatures to see, such as kangaroos, koalas, emus and tropical birds.
The greenery is amazing, however we weren’t lucky enough see some of the animals we wanted to. We did manage to see a sleeping koala high in a tree, a lot of emus and a variety of tropical birds.
The bed of the volcano is now full of greenery on the outside but still has ash on the inside. It was quite absurd but really interesting to see, especially from above.
Well worth a visit and a good wander round in nature.
So, our final destination before we had to head back to the hostel in Apollo bay was to be Port Fairy.
With a name like that you just know it’s going to be a nice place.
Port Fairy is a coastal port town n south west Victoria, and is around a 30 minute drive from Warrnambool.
Originally a whaling town it is now a charming place for people to visit. The town itself has almost an oldie American feel, the port is tranquil and a nice walk on a sunny day.
That was as far as we got down the coast, quite a drive and an experience.
From there we sleepily turned around and headed back up the coast, our destination for Tuesday night was Apollo bay.
Before we arrived there we made one more stop, a place we accidentally drove past on the way there.
The Grotto is a sinkhole geological formation just outside Port Campbell.
In my opinion it was well worth the stop off on the way back. It was such an odd formation, we just stood staring when we first saw it.
The Grotto itself is a naturally carved out cave which is just above sea level, the water inside the cave is still and mesmerizing. This is in contrast to the crazy waves just outside the grotto, that reminded me of a washing machine.
That was the official end to our great ocean road journey.
I saw some spectacular sights that I won’t forget.
We then headed after a bit of a drive to Apollo bay to spend the night before heading back to Melbourne Wednesday morning.
Our hostel in Apollo bay.
What can I even say?
It is one of the first hostels where I actually didn’t want to spend the night.
It wasn’t the main part of the hostel I disliked, which was warm, cosy and homely. It was the place where we slept. I can only describe it as an out house, made of the same material as a caravan, only thinner.
The place was freezing, uncomfortable and full of bugs. Lets just say none of us slept much that night. The place was called Apollo Bay Backpackers, I’m never one to put down a hostel because I do love them but this one in particular, I would have rather not stayed at.
One of the hostels cost us $32 the other $28.
Wednesday morning we got up quickly and packed to head home, we all were tired, feeling pretty unclean and looking forward to our little flat.
The drive from Apollo bay to Melbourne cbd took around 2 hours 30 minutes, minus a much need Maccas stop.
Returning the car was easy and before we knew it we were home.
So how much did petrol cost us for 2 and a half days of constant driving?
Remarkably, not a lot. Between three of us we only spent $48 on petrol. That is £24. We even had to give the car back with a full tank. This worked out so well for us, the rental may have seemed steeper but it made up for it in the cost of petrol.
Our overall cost for car rental, petrol and hostels came to for each of us around $196, that’s just about £100.
In my opinion that was £100 well spent. When you think about how much you spent on your last night out, how much you spend on clothes, or eating out each week it really puts it into perspective.
Go out there and spend that money on a new experience, visiting a new place, seeing amazing sights.
It may be a long planned trip or like mine, very last minute, either way a road trip is always fun and the best way to spend time off work.
It is most definitely worth it.
I hope my tips, route, and costing has been helpful if you are planning on doing it soon or just for future reference.
Now, I can’t wait ’til my next road trip!
‘Til next time. ???
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