"Australia’s ‘Golden State’ is home to some of the country’s best national parks and the Great Ocean Road, which has been voted one of the best coastal drives in the world. Combine this spectacular scenery with metropolitan Melbourne and its array of boutiques, eateries and fabulous café culture, and you'll soon see why I fell for Victoria from the moment I landed.
Travelling on a round trip from Melbourne, we left the city and headed south towards the Great Ocean Road. First stop was the quaint coastal town of Torquay, located at the northern end of the ‘Surf Coast’ section of the Great Ocean Road. This popular beach town has a whole host of cafes, bars and restaurants as well as being the surfing capital of Australia. After a quick stop we journeyed on to the lovely little seaside town of Lorne – a fantastic place for a coffee and a stroll along the waterfront at Louttit Bay.
In Apollo Bay we stayed at Lady Bay Resort. This was my favourite hotel of the trip. We were lucky enough to have a three bedroom apartment with a balcony that never ended! The food in the restaurant was some of the best I tasted in Victoria. It was a shame we were only here for the night.
Rising early the next morning we headed to the Otway Fly Treetop Walk, joining a knowledgeable and passionate guide for an hour-long walk high above the rainforest canopy. Walking through the lush greenery was incredible, full of fantastic photo opportunities. Also, for those who are a little more adventurous, make sure you book the exhilarating zipline tour through the trees!
After the treetop walk we continued our journey an hour west to Port Campbell National Park, where the famous attractions of the Twelve Apostles and the Loch Ard Gorge are found. The coastline here is breathtaking; with dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches that you can explore via the wooden walkway and steps.
After an overnight stay in Warrnambool we headed into the Grampians National Park, an area of rugged beauty, magnificent mountain ranges and a wealth of Aboriginal rock art sites. After exploring the rural landscape and seeing wildlife roaming freely (there were loads of kangaroos!), we worked our way back towards Melbourne for our final night on the banks of the beautiful Yarra River.
I adored every moment of my time Down Under. Exploring the Great Ocean Road is a must for any traveller. My highlight in Victoria was undoubtedly the helicopter trip over the Twelve Apostles. There are viewing platforms where you can snap amazing photos but, for that once in a lifetime experience, seeing the stunning rock formations from the air is simply breathtaking."
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