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Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

November 3, 2014 by David Herd

Twelve Apostles 

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia on the south coast of Victoria offers some of the most breathtaking spectacular scenery in Australia. Look at the following photos to see what I mean.

Breathtaking scenery

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

I drove from Adelaide to Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road Australia in October 2014, I had driven this road once before in  1988.

Twelve Apostles in 1988

 Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

One of Australia’s best road trips.

Here I am in 1998

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

Of course there were more Apostles back then. 🙂

The Twelve Apostles Great Ocean Road Australia

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

The Great Ocean Road officially starts at Torquay and travels 243 kilometres westward to finish at Allansford near Warrnambool, the largest city along the road. The road is two lane (one in each direction), and is covered by a speed limit changing between 80 kilometres per hour and 100 kilometres per hour Great Ocean Road as viewed from Teddy’s Lookout, south of Lorne The road is considered a tourist attraction in the area, in which much of the road hugs coastline affectionately known as the Surf Coast between Torquay and Cape Otway and the Shipwreck Coast further west of Cape Otway, providing visibility of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. The road traverses rainforests, as well as beaches and cliffs composed of limestone and sandstone, which is susceptible to erosion. The road travels via Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay, and Port Campbell, the latter being notable for its natural limestone and sandstone rock formations including Loch Ard Gorge, The Grotto, London Arch and The Twelve Apostles.  At the stretch of the Great Ocean Road nearer to Geelong, the road meanders along the coast, with tall, almost-vertical cliffs on the other side of it. Road signs put up along the road warn motorists of possible rockfalls, which have occurred before.  

Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

The whole coast here is quite breathtaking.

Looking east from Great Ocean Road Australia

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

If you ever visit Australia put the Great Ocean Road on your bucket list.

Nice view on the Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

    Certainly one of the best views I saw today. 🙂

A stunning view

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia It really doesw take your breath away. 🙂

The Arch

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

Another famous landmark.

 

London Bridge

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

  When I last drove this road in 1988 London Bridge on the Great Ocean Road was one piece, some years later the middle collapsed as you can clearly see.

London Bridge 1988

London Bridge 1988

I consider myself very lucky to have seen the bridge intact.

London Bridge on the Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

Now you see it, now you don’t.

Viewing platform Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia Australia has many wonderful landscapes, none better than this.

Near London Bridge

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I imaging this coastline looked the same hundreds of years ago.

Bay of Martyrs

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

Small islands weathered by millions of years of erosion. 

Bay of Martyrs

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I bumped into only a hand full of tourists on my road trip.

Bay of Islands

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

  Travelling from Adelaide on the Great Ocean Road the Bay of Islands is the first of the spectacular vistas.

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia Bay of Islands

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

Of course the other famous Bay of islands is on the north island of NZ.

Ariel shop of Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

Here is a photo I found online. 

Bay of Islands

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

Magnificent colours.

Bay of Islands Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

Too many rock formations are never enough. 🙂       

There ios a hole in my cliff.

Great Ocean Road Southern Australia

 Many thanks for visiting my Great Ocean Road Southern Australia photo blog.

 
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