3 days on the Great Ocean Road
Koalas at Kennett River
Just another half hour along the scenic GOR is a turn off to Greys River Road. From here, we walked a few kilometres along the dirt road. It is possible to drive, however, we love an opportunity to get out of the car and fully embrace the surroundings, as well as an opportunity for some exercise.
The area is densely populated with koalas so it is certain that you will spot one (or many) on this stretch. They are, however, quite difficult to see, blending into their environment.
There are 4 designated viewing areas that allow plenty of space to see/photograph. It is also possible to view the Apostles from the beach by walking down the famous Gibson’s Steps.
Fun fact… Prior to being named the 12 Apostles, these rock formations were known as ‘The Sow and Piglets’. We are also unsure where the name ’12 Apostles’ came from as there were only ever 8! There is speculation that the biblical name reflects the awe inspired when in their presence.
Triplet Falls, Great Otway National Park
These mesmerising waterfalls and the stunning rainforest walk to get there (an hour round trip) was another highlight. Whilst there are lots of steps, it is an otherwise easy walk, with the odd obstacle (fallen tree) to navigate.
This was the perfect opportunity to slow down and soak up the tranquility, without the distraction and noise of our busy lives (there is no internet reception so you’ll be sans wifi for a bit).
We were very lucky to have visited the falls after heavy rain, resulting in all three falls (hence the name ‘triplet’) flowing heavily. This also meant there were increased negative ions in the atmosphere.
Negative ions are essentially oxygen ions with an additional electron created by the water. The concentration of these ions near waterfalls is in the tens of thousands per cubic centimetre (up to 100,000), compared to a few hundred in an office or polluted city.
This explains the sense of peacefulness and invigoration often experienced when in nature.
Southern Ocean Villas, Port Campbell
We highly recommend this self-catering accommodation, ideally located just 5 minutes from The 12 Apostles. The town of Port Campbell is tiny, however we discovered a charming store, Wine@Tillys, where we were treated to an impromptu wine tasting of local Port Campbell wines.
Naturally, we purchased our favourites, along with organic local produce (bread, cheese, etc.) which we took home to enjoy in our homely villa.
Chris’s, Beacon Hill, Skenes Creek
Perched in the treetops and overlooking the panorama of Apollo Bay, Chris’s Restaurant and Accommodation is an absolute gem. The fine dining restaurant offers fresh and flavoursome dishes from a contemporary menu with a Southern European and Middle Eastern influence. The very comfortable accommodation has a ‘tree house’ feel, immersed in nature and the surrounding wildlife.
When we travel we try not to try to cram in too much… it’s always good to leave something for next time! Things on our list for when we return include whale watching (whale watching season is mid May – November), walking stretches of ‘The Great Ocean Walk’, visiting more waterfalls, venturing inland on the gourmet trail, as well as visiting food and wine producing towns such as Timboon.
We hope this help anyone planning a trip in the GOR, or inspires you to visit! It is a trip we will never forget and can’t recommend highly enough.