If you’re planning a getaway to Melbourne, Australia this year, you won’t come up short for things to see and do. But to experience both the joys of the city and the freedom of the open road, consider taking an Australian road trip instead of just staying in Melbourne. One of the country’s most popular and beloved road trip destinations is the Great Ocean Road. It’s not just a road – it’s a coastal region of southwest Victoria, Australia. We’re renting a car with Drivenow to hit the Great Ocean Road and check out three of its most popular attractions. Check them out with us below!
The 12 Apostles
Undoubtedly, one of the most unforgettable sights along the Great Ocean Road are the 12 Apostles. The 12 Apostles are rock stack formations that rise up from the Southern Ocean on Victoria’s coastline. Their rugged splendor can’t be missed while making the drive. But what exactly are the 12 Apostles? Well, consistent erosion across tens of millions of years has created these magnificent limestone structures. Accompanying them are caves that reach deep into the coastal cliffs, which are made of a softer limestone and also formed over time due to erosion from the ocean and strong winds. About four hours after setting out from Melbourne on the Great Ocean Road, you’ll reach the 12 Apostles. Don’t forget your camera!
The Princess Margaret Rose Cave
If the caves surrounding the 12 Apostles got you excited for this road trip, then the Princess Margaret Rose Cave should really put you over the top. The Princess Margaret cave is located along the Great Ocean Road in Lower Glenelg National Park, and it’s truly a wonder to behold. You can reach the cave by walking the entirety or just part of the trail circuit in the surrounding area, known as the Great South West Walk. It’s one of Australia’s most beloved and admired trails. The Glenelg River that runs through the area also offers visitors a chance to enjoy the forestry that thrives here, and several wild animals such as fur seals, nankeen and peregrine falcons may be seen.
The Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
Our third and final must-see along the Great Ocean Road is the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. The village is part Australian town, part museum, and was built around 1858 state heritage acknowledged Warrnambool Lighthouse. It’s the absolute perfect place to immerse oneself in the maritime history of the region. While touring the area you’ll learn why the region is called Shipwreck Coast – over 180 ships have met their end in this rough ocean area! Pieces from several of the better known of these ships can be seen at the village’s museum, one of the reasons that the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village has one four Victorian State Tourism Awards and several Museums Australia Awards.
With it being so easy to get car hire in Melbourne with Drivenow, we couldn’t be more motivated to explore Victoria, Australia’s lovely Great Ocean Road. It’s the perfect location for a road trip, and would take about two days to complete from Melbourne making the occasional stop along the way. Consider it for your next trip, and get ready for the drive of a lifetime!
Photo Credit: Eulinky