Take in Victoria’s stunning coastline on your journey through the infamous Great Ocean Road. You’ll want to allow some time to stop off and drink in these majestic natural wonders without having to watch the clock. So, grab your comfy shoes, your camera and we’ll take care of the appetite at the end... Try Timboon Cheesery or anyone on the Timboon Artisans trail!
En route Victoria’s scenic Great Ocean Road, you cannot miss the iconic 12 Apostles; located about 275 kilometres west of Melbourne. Experience dramatic coastal views amongst the large limestone stacks that formed as a result of natural weather conditions dating back 10 million years. This site is one of Australia’s most famous natural wonders and is sure to make your Instagram followers jealous. Snap it at sunrise or sunset when the rocks and water can reflect those heavenly pink skies!
Stop off and refuel in the funky coastal town of Port Campbell where you can take in the ocean views with a barista style coffee in hand. Soak up the surf as you watch the waves crash against the cliff face or make your way to the sheltered bay if you’re keen for a dip where the waters are calmer.
and while you're there... London Bridge
If time allows, check out nature’s version of the London Bridge! About a 20-minute drive from Port Campbell's town centre, this rocky platform facing the 12 Apostles used to be connected to the mainland. Erosion from weather conditions has shaped the rocks into their current formation, now known as the London Arch. If you’re lucky, you might spot some penguins surfing to shore!
Take in the breath-taking views from above before you may literally be breath-taken from the 20-minute descent onto the wild beach below. Witness the Apostles from a different viewpoint; dwarfed by striking 45 metre rocks. You may experience some true Aussie sea spray amongst this wildly wavy beach – side tip, keep your camera dry! The 86-step hike back up can be a challenge but at least you won’t feel guilty about all the cheese you will be eating later!
Loch Ard Gorge
History nerds won’t want to miss this one! About 8kms east of Port Campbell or a 3 minute drive from the 12 Apostles you’ll find another natural wonder amongst the burnt orange beachline. Named after the large shipwreck, the “Loch Ard”, that made its journey all the way from England in 1878, the Gorge provides fascinating rock formations amongst the incredible coastal landscapes. It’s even been the backdrop of movies so be sure to get a snap here! It’s also safe for another dip here with low level lagoon like waters that kids will love splashing around in.
Take your time trekking around the Grotto and be sure to allow extra time for photo opportunities as there are many ever changing wonders to see here! Described as being not quite an arch, not quite a blowhole and not quite a cave but a bit of everything, it sure is a site you’ll want to see with your own eyes!
Port Campbell National Park
You’ll want your comfy sneakers on with walking access to many of the most remarkable natural creations amongst lush Victorian bushland and the stunning Great Ocean coastline. 12 Apostles, Gibson Steps, the London Arch and Loch Ard Gorge... take your pick and follow your feet. Try the Port Campbell Discovery Walk.
Image Credits & Trail Link: https://visit12apostles.com.au/attractions/port-c/
Once you're done, it’ll finally be time to follow your nose (trekking is hungry work)! Cheese board anyone? Did we mention dessert – homemade scones with a big dollop of our freshly made Schulz organic pure cream, go on … you’ve earned it! We're just down the road at Timboon Cheesery
Image Credit: @missfarmerjojo