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Australia’s Great Ocean Road is one of the most iconic road trips. And there’s a good reason for it. With a rich Aboriginal culture, extensive wildlife, dense rainforests, and beaches made for surfing, the 150-mile coastal route between Victoria's Torquay and Allansford is packed with experiences. Discover which of the Twelve Apostles are still standing, take on the waves at Bells Beach, and (of course) watch out for those kangaroos.
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50 Little Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220, Australia
Stepping out of the shadow of big sister Melbourne, Geelong is all grown up; drinking wine, eating fancy foods and throwing parties. Geelong is the new black. The north-facing waterfront, sprawled across three-kilometres of lush lawn, parks and...
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23 The Esplanade, Torquay VIC 3228, Australia
The smell of the sea breeze crosses the road and flows into the restaurant as diners enjoy their brunch. By day it's a classy but fairly casual restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner options, but as the sun begins to set it's -the- place...
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Bells Beach VIC 3228, Australia
Standing from the top of the cliff surfers are dots racing through the water, the sound of the waves crashing into the sand cacophonous within the closed bay. 'Welcome to Bells Beach' the sign reads, the beach known internationally as one of the...
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13 Federal St, Aireys Inlet VIC 3231, Australia
There are dozens of small towns situated on the Great Ocean Road - some with just one main road, a general store and a petrol station. Most people dismiss them and drive straight through, but in each of these towns there is at least one hidden...
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Kennett River VIC 3234, Australia
While driving along the "must-do" Great Ocean Road, we took a stop at Kennett River. According to my driving partner in crime, a zoology student, this was THE place to see Koalas in their natural habitat. Boy oh boy did this place deliver. Right...
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6080 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay VIC 3233, Australia
The sunsetting at Apollo Bay on Victoria Australia southern coast. Th drive along The Great Ocean road is magical..
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Cape Otway VIC 3233, Australia
Maits Rest Rainforest Walk – well, that was my first acquaintance with a rainforest ever! The experience was not something that you undergo every day. I don’t think I ever felt so close to nature – fresh, green and pure. There’s nothing more...
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Lavers Hill VIC 3238, Australia
No trip to Victoria is complete without taking a drive down the Great Ocean Road. The small surf town of Torquay marks the start of the Great Ocean Road. One of the quieter towns along the road there are plenty of outlet stores selling surf brands...
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Great Ocean Rd, Port Campbell VIC 3269, Australia
Along the Great Ocean Road, is a puzzle-like landscape that have lost pieces through the millennia. Dubbed as "The 12 Apostles" for marketing flair, there really aren't 12 little islands, but there was at one time, or will be, as weather and time...
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1 Bailey St, Timboon VIC 3268, Australia
When my guide described the place we were stopping for lunch, on our way back to Melbourne following completion of the Great Ocean Road, I pictured a truck stop; an American, side-of-the-road barn with quick eats that would offer McDonalds or...
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41B Gipps St, Port Fairy VIC 3284, Australia
At the end of a long travel day, filled with hiking and including a ride in a helicopter, we pulled into the small town of Port Fairy along the Moyne River and I sighed with relief the instant I saw the whitewashed walls and iron entrance gate of...
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20 Bank St, Port Fairy VIC 3284, Australia
Giovanni De Cicco and Ashley Miller run an authentic Italian restaurant in small Port Fairy, Victoria. From the entrance, which is unusual, to the warm light and European antiques inside -- everything about L'Edera is memorable. The bluestone...