Our Little Adventure : Great Ocean Road

by - 9/30/2016 06:13:00 PM

For Michael's 'Engagementcation'(as I like to call it - because he always says he flew down to Melbourne just to get engaged), we rented a car from Carhood. I thought it was great value for money, a Ford Fiesta for $24 per day. I do think it's the perfect choice for travelers coming from interstate or international destinations, but not so much for those already in the city as you have to pick up the vehicle from Melbourne airport, but I digress.

I'd already been to Great Ocean Road once with my family on a one day trip and to me, it was a fairly easy drive. This time round, however, our trip did not really start out as planned. Heavy rains over the past week caused floods and landslides, so the coastal road was closed. We were debating canceling the trip, but we decided to take the advice of a family friend and pressed on.

Day 1  - 16th Sept 2016

It took us about 2 hours to get to Geelong, where we made a pit stop at Freckleduck for coffee.

Coffee was decent, and I absolutely loved the bare brick walls.
From then on, we took turns driving towards Apollo Bay, but as I mentioned before, a good part of GOR was closed, so we took the inland route. From experience, I knew that we were missing out on a good part of the scenic route, but we consoled ourselves with the fact that we could always visit again. 

It was another 1.5 hours before we arrived at Skenes Creek where we decided to stretch our legs for a bit at the beach. 
Ah, those overcast skies were a foreshadowing that we wouldn't be able to see the Milky Way. 

and our second photo as fiance & fiancee :p
After that, it was a short & easy drive to Seafarers Getaway
Image Credit : Seafarers Getaway Listing on Agoda
We booked an Ocean View Studio, and the view did not disappoint. 

A quick extract from my snap chat story - I do apologize for the shaky video :/

We knew that we'd be provided with a barbecue grill and packed for the trip, but we were still a few items short, so we took a short drive to Foodworks in Apollo Bay to pick up some extra vegetables and wine. We made ourselves a hearty dinner and sat on the porch, stargazing.  We were also provided with a telescope, so we set it up and watched the moon. 

Day 2 - 17th September 2016

We left the blinds open the night before and awoke to a gorgeous sunrise. 
What would I give to wake up to this view every day.. 

We bundled up and took a short morning stroll along the beach, right opposite the lodge.

After checking out and saying goodbye to the sheep and alpacas(I insisted!), we had brunch at The Bay Leaf before heading towards the 12 Apostles.
Coffee before everything else!
From Apollo Bay, it's a 1-hour drive to Port Cambell National Park. It seemed that the road closure did little to deter all the other tourists from visiting - the place was absolutely packed!
I believe this was taken at Gibson Steps

Us at the Twelve Apostles
 Loch Ard Gorge Beach

We left for home after that as we were pretty pressed for time - Mike was due back in Malaysia the day after. Still, we had an amazing time just taking in the sights and enjoying each other's company.
Also, our stay at Seafarers Getaway was absolutely delightful, I can't recommend the place highly enough!

I cannot wait to visit again because I know each visit will bring something different, and there's just something about road tripping and being constantly surrounded by beautiful landscapes that just makes you yearn for more.

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