After traveling through 10 time zones from London, we arrived in Melbourne early on a Friday morning, exhausted and essentially having missed out on a night of sleep. We walked around the city like zombies our first day, but we were able to return to some normalcy after 48 hours.
We enjoyed the foodie/cafe culture of Melbourne, but we were more interested in the Great Ocean Drive which goes from Melbourne to Adelaide. This was our first experience driving on the left side of the road or as some refer to it as the correct side. It wasn’t too tough to pick up with the exception of 5 or 6 other cars honking at our mistakes.
The entire Great Ocean Drive can take about one week, we decided to make the trip a total of 3 days from Melbourne to Port Fairy. With stops along the way, our total round trip was just under 900 kilometers.
The whole route has picturesque ocean views and lush green landscapes. The most famous spot is the 12 Apostles which are freestanding pillars in the ocean which have been formed from thousands of years of the rough waters chipping away at the cliffs on the shoreline.
We saw a number of unique Australian animals along the way including kangaroos, koalas, emus, and alpacas. Kangaroos can be seen all over the country, hopping across the road in quieter areas. One of the stops we made was at a famous golf course where you can see many kangaroos grazing. Another stop was at a park where koalas hang out in the trees. They are far smaller than we anticipated and are really difficult to spot as they camouflage so well with the trees. Our most interesting encounter was at a national park with a group of emus who would not allow us to exit our car. They are enormous, powerful, and erratic birds. We had planned to go on a short hike there but the emus were not having it and we headed to our next destination.