There are plenty of ‘paradises’ to visit in this world: The Northern Beaches of Oahu, Fiji, Cuzco for its sweeping landscapes, and then there is the Great Down Under; a country to rival the above and more, for its own unique landscapes.
Every state of Australia has its own niche. For the Northern Territory it’s Uluru and the outback, for Queensland, maybe it’s a visit to the tropics – Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation. Visiting New South? Sydney and her Opera House can’t be surpassed. All worthy opponents of Victoria, but not the official winners.
Victoria offers an abundance of rolling meadows, rainforests, beaches, historic regional towns, rugged isolation for those who trek and one of the world’s most livable cities, Melbourne. And what’s better, for the most part, you can drive down to an easily accessible Great Ocean Road to experience all of the above, ah, baring Melbourne. But if you’re smart, you could include that in your trip, too.
The Great Ocean Road offers diversity. It’s what makes it Australia’s paradise. Yes, a little bit of bias from someone who lives in Victoria, but the truth just slaps you in the face on every turn of the Great Ocean Road. The truth, dare I say, is in the pictures and the experience.
Driving the Great Ocean Road should be done over 3 to 5 days to get the full experience, but if you’re strapped for time, a reputable tour for a day will help with seeing some of the more notable sights. In all likelihood, if you opt for a tour, you get two benefits: stress free driving and the obligatory mecca of the Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles.
Everyone loves the Twelve Apostles (now currently eight). It is all that they say it is, particularly at early morning and on dusk. This Victorian pilgrimage is for the photographer, landscape connoisseur, historian, geologist and storyteller alike. There’s something for everyone.
But it isn’t just about the Twelve Apostles. The journey there is just as important and will take you along winding roads overlooking the Southern Ocean, rugged cliffs, and lush rainforests. You’ll be surprised at the regional towns along the way, particularly Lorne and Apollo Bay, two of the more popular destinations offering a glimpse into local life.
What more can be said? The Great Ocean Road is one of those places to see. If you’re serious about getting the most out of a trip to the southern regions of Australia, to Victoria, then this paradise is a step in the right direction.