The Great Ocean Road

You always wonder if something labeled “great” will live up to the hype.  The Great Ocean Road does!  We rented a car and drove the southern coast of Australia near Melbourne for abut 150 miles.  The pictures will tell you more than I can.  The views are breathtaking.  The road runs low along the beach in places and then climbs high above it.  It winds back and forth a lot but the traffic was light and we were easily able to scoot off at almost every view point.  In many places there are huge rock formations that the sea has worn away.  The coast line is littered with ship wrecks.  They’ve put up commemorative signs all along the way telling about them.  Not many people survived when their ship hit this rocky shore.  We visited a couple lighthouses that were put up to help warn of the danger.  One lighthouse sits out at the end of Cape Otway and the little road out to it is lined with Eucalyptus trees.  We didn’t notice when we drove in but were told to look up in those trees on our drive back because there are hundreds of Koalas.  Well, we didn’t see hundreds but we did spot at least a dozen up high right next to the road!  What a treat!  You definitely have to look hard.  Little brown balls of fur blend in to the brown tree trunks very well.

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Gracia's Travels is a photo blog. I always take too many pictures on trips so I justify my compulsion with this blog! The blog is mostly photos - they tell the best part of the story. Please contact me if you would like to use any of my photos.
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1 Response to The Great Ocean Road

  1. Joanne says:

    Great commentaries of your travels and activities. Your pictures are stunningly beautiful; my favorites are the butterflies and koala. They look like they belong in National Geographic. I miss seeing you. When are you coming home??

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