The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is Australia’s version of America’s “Route 66” or Scotland’s “North Coast 500”, its never-ending views will leave you mesmerised at every corner of its winding road.

The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243-kilometre (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world’s largest war memorial. Above is an image at the start of our journey onto the road with statues representing the returning soldiers building the road.

We chose the “Twelve Apostles Sunset Tour” with Go West Tours costing $125 per person. It was a full day excursion starting in Melbourne city centre and stopping off at Gibson’s Steps, Great Otway Nationation Park, Anglesea, Port Campbell, Prince Town and the final sunset stop at the Twelve Apostles.

The Twelve Apostles are beautifully lined up along the Great Ocean Road. They can be seen from a number of different locations which are all perfect for taking photos.

Our final stop of the tour was indescribable, but I’ll try to anyway! We got to Prince Town, where the Great Apostles are, at around 8pm and was in perfect time for the sunset. The atmosphere there was incredible, absolute silence as everyone admired the sunset together. We couldn’t take our eyes off it. We watched the whole sunset and the sky’s beautiful transition from blue to orange to purple to darkness.

Just before sunset, the sky gradually started to change colours.
The sky started emitting beautiful purple and orange colours as the sun was setting.

We were told that following sunset, penguins appear on the beach every evening at approx 9pm so we waited to see them. We waited and waited, but there were no penguins that day 🙁 we hope you manage to see some on your visit! Please send us pictures of any evening penguin strolls you see 🙂

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