Monday, October 19, 2009

Just Do It in 2010: Great Ocean Road Trip

Victoria is home to one of Australia’s most beloved- and the world’s most scenic – drives: the Great Ocean Road. Curving its way along almost 200 miles of wind swept coastline, it passes wide beaches, sheer cliffs and secluded coves. It also offers a glimpse into “real Australia”, passing through quaint villages, apparently forgotten by time for 100 years, except for the bare-footed surfers crossing the sand.

While parts of the Great Ocean Road can be seen on a day trip from Melbourne, many people chose to stay overnight in one of the small towns along the way. Another option is to drive or take a tour from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road which finishes in Adelaide in South Australia. For the best experience, be sure to allow at least two nights along the way!

At Apollo Bay the Road leaves the coast and winds through the rainforest of Cape Otway before returning to hug the coastline along the entire length of the Port Campbell National Park. This twisting and turning stretch offers the most dramatic coastal scenery, including an amazing collection of rock sculptures known as The Twelve Apostles - huge stone pillars looming out of the surf. (Erosion takes it toll daily. Hurry, there are only 7 Apostles left standing.)

One sample of great Australian holidays:

6 Day Melbourne & The Great Ocean Road from $1299

Travel May 1-June 8 '10. Book by Oct. 29, 2009 with Travelscene.

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