The Great Ocean Road to the Grampians


At the end of Day 1 on the Great Ocean Road, and after a yummy dinner of Fish and Chips in Apollo Bay, I took a short walk along the water to end an incredibly satisfying day.

Thankfully, I still had several hours and many miles to travel along this spectacular road, so I was up and on the road early the next day.  Frankly, I’m really not sure how I ever completed the drive because I stopped … and stopped … and stopped.

What magnificent scenery, and a super fun road to drive.  My little rental car, with me on the right side of the car, on the left side of the road, drove the entire 243 km (151 mi).

Sometimes I was able to see the ocean and sometimes I wasn’t, but at all times I saw stunning natural beauty.

 I pulled over at almost every single stop, this one the London Bridge and I simply could not stop shooting!

I also made sure to take the time to be still.  I would just stand there, breathing deeply, and enjoying the sites, sounds, and smells of the ocean, the sand, and the air.

The power of the waves crashing against the rock formations had me spell bound.

I just never knew quite what to expect as I rounded the next corner of the boardwalk,

and I was never disappointed.

Arguably one of the most famous places along the Great Ocean Road is the Twelve Apostles.

“Situated in the Port Campbell National Park, the massive limestone structures that tower 45 metres above the tempestuous Southern Ocean, leave its visitors awe-struck in wonder at their size and beauty.  Behind the eight remaining stacks (five have fallen since their discovery) are majestic cliffs, around 70 metres high” (

Absolutely stunning!

Before I knew it, I had arrived in Warrnambool. I left the Great Ocean Road and headed for Grampians National Park.  More on that next!

13 thoughts on “The Great Ocean Road to the Grampians

  1. That’s a never to be forgotten trip. Memories for a lifetime. I love the ocean and am always mesmerized as you were. Driving on the wrong side of the rode would scare me. I’m not so good anymore on the right side. 🙂 I’m always surprised you have time to blog with all the other stuff you have going on. These photos made me feel like I was there. Thank you for sharing.

  2. This really is a beautiful part of the country, and you did well to drive it when you’re not used to driving on the left. The Grampians are gorgeous too. We used to camp there often with our extended family when we lived in Melbourne. Looking forward to seeing your photos.

  3. Oh Laurie, I can only imagine how spectacular this drive is. Your photos are stunning, so glad you took the time to stop & stop again to capture such beauty!

  4. Spectacular images, Laurie! You had a picture perfect day on the Great Ocean Road. Your images really capture the feeling of this amazing place. It is the most memorable place on the Australian Coast and these make me want to return! 🙂

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  6. Gorgeous at every turn ! I sometimes can’t believe I was there too. It almost seems like a dream. Your photo’s are so, so, much better than I ever took ! I can feel the salty spray 😀 You appear to have visited on a much nicer day too. You’re a super talent with that camera and luckily for us, an adventurer too. Congratulations on full filling your dream, driving carefree along the Great Ocean Road and thanks for sharing your magical trip here xo K

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