After a few days of city life in Sydney, we took an early morning flight to Melbourne, rented a car and drove along the famous Great Ocean Road for a bit more than two days before returning to Melbourne.
The first day when driving down from Torquay towards Cape Otway we passed through numerous small coastal towns. While driving through those towns was not overly exciting, the stretches in between those towns were truly spectacular. The road was winding around the cliffs, sometimes embedded in dense forest, sometimes directly along the rocks, and sometimes next to beautiful bays and beaches that invited for a swim (until we found out the water temperature of only 18° C.
On day two we were driving up towards Port Campbell. This part of the road was a bit less scenic as some parts were further inland and the vegetation was rather dry. If it were only about the drive, this part could have been skipped easily, however, visiting the cliffs at Port Campbell with its famous 12 apostles are a must.
Apart from the beautiful landscapes, there was also some wildlife to spot. The most famous animals spotted were the Koalas. It takes quite a while however to spot one of these cute animals in the trees as they are well-camouflaged and they almost never move their location. It took us a 10-minute walk through one of the Eucalyptus forest to spot our first Koala.
Apart from the Koalas, there are beautifully colored birds basically everywhere. Most noticeably were the cockatoos that we already encountered in various other parts of the country.