In April my dearest friend Ellie came to visit me all the way from the UK! Aren’t I just the luckiest person!? It was so lovely to introduce a friend from home to my life down under. We had a relaxed long weekend in Sydney, went to an Aussie rules football game, went wedding dress shopping, and of course I had to introduce her to a few of my favourite breakfast places! But I think my favourite day of all was the day we decided to conquer the Great Ocean Road. We hired a car which was a feat in itself because, as it came about, neither of us are the most confident of drivers. Maybe this wasn’t the safest idea of all but there was no one else to drive us, and as self-driving cars haven’t yet been invented, we decided to give it a go and we’re both alive today to tell the tale.
We set off the night before with Ellie managing to get us safely to Anglesea, a little coastal town a couple of hours away from Melbourne. We consumed a lot of pizza on the way, and then arrived at the house in the dark and tucked ourselves up in bed listening to possums (we think!?) banging on the windows. We were just a little bit scared. But the next morning we woke up to this view, which was not so bad… and a kangaroo just below the balcony!
Setting off bright and early, we stopped in Lorne for breakfast at the cutest little cafe which we spotted on the beach. And then we set off on the Great Ocean Road (but first not without stopping to stock up on road trip snacks!). Although there were a fair amount of tourists on the road, the views were still breathtaking and the winding road with the sea dipping in and out of view was just beautiful. Scoffing Creme Eggs, blasting throwback 90’s tunes with Ellie, and taking in turns nervously driving were probably my favourite parts of the trip! And the in-depth discussions about whether or not we had caused that dent in the front of the car (turns out we didn’t, phew) were stressful at the time but pretty funny now.
The beach by the Twelve Apostles was absolutely stunning, although we could only count a few ‘apostles’ left (the huge rock formations in the water). We of course had to stop at the Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge, which were equally beautiful, before heading back inland via the Gorge Chocolaterie, of course. I’d recommend a day trip if you’re ever in Melbourne, just make sure you set off early!