Australia’s Great Ocean Road

To really experience the best Australia has to offer, you have to drive through the bush at least once. I was told that the Great Ocean Road was an opportunity not to be missed, so we rented a car in Melbourne and spent a few days driving to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road.

To be quite honest, the coastline reminded me a lot of the Pacific Coast Highway in California. It was dotted with wineries and the occasional awesome rock formation off the beach. The PCH has more to see, but it is hard to beat the colorful parrots, kangaroos in the road and spectacular Gum trees that you’ll find in Australia.

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The distance between cities in Australia is surreal. It is not uncommon to drive 6-7 hours with nothing more than a couple of gas stations along the track. It is quite easy to escape civilization, but so monotonous at times that apparently falling asleep at the wheel is a huge problem. Signage along the two lane highway is not that helpful with distances and place names, but there is no shortage of morbid warnings about driving drowsy. “Drive Drowsy. Die.”

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If you make this drive, take every opportunity to stop and stretch, see the sights and wake up. There are plenty of bouncing kangaroos waiting to wreck your rental if you aren’t paying attention!

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1 Comment

  1. Jean Burman on July 13, 2012 at 6:14 am

    I’ve never driven that stretch Paul… but I’d imagine it would be a bit of a yawn. Most people see the Great Ocean Road out of Melbourne… then catch a plane to the next destination. Now you can see why aussies are so big on air travel LOL So love you photographs… they are extraordinary. And so loving seeing my country through your eyes 🙂