The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is a 243 km (151 miles) stretch of coastal road in the south of Victoria. The road runs between the small towns of Torquay and Allansford. It was built between 1919 and 1932 by returned soldiers and is dedicated to the memory of those killed during World War I, the road is the largest war memorial in the world.

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road passes through some of the most unique and varying landscapes in Australia. Over its short 243 km you can see coastal cliffs and rock formations, rain-forest and beaches. Due to its attractiveness and its closeness to Melbourne (about an hours drive) it is a very popular stop for tourists. Because of that they have to remind drivers on which side of the two laned road they should drive.

the Great Ocean Road

Over the next few posts I will be showing you a few examples of the amazing scenery you can see along the Great Ocean Road including London Bridge, The Twelve Apostles and Cape Otway.

But for now enjoy the rain-forest scenery of Hopetoun Falls.

The Great Ocean Road

Hopetoun Falls, Australia

Read the next post in this series The Twelve Apostles.

Finding a Sanctuary

With more of us traveling it has become harder to find places off the ‘beaten path’ and escape the throng of tourists. The internet tells us of the top places to visit before we die or a list of unusual beaches to visit, we can’t be surprised when we get there that it is covered in people doing exactly the same thing.

While we travel we look for these places where we can forget where we are, where we can enjoy the moment and the surrounding scenery without the disturbance of others. They are becoming harder to find but when you finally find one the feeling can’t be put into words.

While traveling into Kakadu National Park in northern Australia we were instructed by the visitors centre to pull over after a few kilometres up the road and walk down a small path for 15 minutes where we would find a small waterfall. When I walked through the trees and the area opened into one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. My own sanctuary.

It is impossible to capture the feelings I had at that moment as I sat and stared at the waterfall in a photograph but every time I look at it I feel as if I am right back there in that moment and the feelings I had all come rushing back.

Hopefully it can do the same for you.