Expat Life

The Great Ocean Road

Travelling the Great Ocean Road is an absolute must if you’re in Victoria.

The Great Ocean Road is 243 kilometres (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia. It begins in Torquay and finishes at Allansford near Warrnambool. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932, it winds through varying terrain along the coast providing breathtaking views.

One of its most prominent landmarks is the Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks formed by erosion. The site was once known as the Sow and Pigs, but eventually became known as the Twelve Apostles despite only ever having nine stacks. Today, due to the same erosion that created them, there are eight stacks. Further erosion from the waves will create new limestone stacks from existing headlands in the future.

This is one of my favourite places in Victoria, perhaps the world. It’s beautiful and wild and dangerous. Part of this coastline is called the Shipwreck Coast. Explorer Matthew Flinders said, “I have seldom seen a more fearful section of coastline.” There are approximately 638 known shipwrecks along Victoria’s coast and you can find some commemorations along the way.

Theo and I intended to go for the day, but we spent the night in Port Campbell and continued exploring the following day. You can see a lot in one day, but if you can extend your visit, it’s worth it.Lighthouse.

The Great Ocean Road.

War memorial.

A kangaroo on the Great Ocean Road.

Street sign.

Twelve Apostles.

Twelve Apostles.

Twelve Apostles.

Coastline.

Coastline.

Limestone rock.

Beach.

Beach.

Seagulls flying on the beach.

Limestone arch on the coast.

Rugged coastline.

Victorian coastline.

Victorian coastline.

Limestone arch on the coast.

Limestone arch on the coast.

Coastline.

Limestone stacks on the ocean.

Limestone stacks on the ocean.

Beach.

Beach.

Limestone arch on the beach.

Limestone arch on the beach.

Limestone coastline.

Steps leading down to the beach.

Steps leading down to the beach.

Seagulls on the beach.

The Shipwreck Coast.

The Shipwreck Coast.

The  beach in the evening.

The  beach in the evening.

A beach.

A seagull walking along the shore.

The beach.

Rock formations along the shore.

The coastline.

The coastline in the evening.

A rugged coastline.

The Twelve Apostles.

The Twelve Apostles.

The Twelve Apostles.

The rocky coastline.

The Twelve Apostles.

The coastline.

A limestone arch on the water.

Limestone headlands.

Limestone headlands and the horizon.

Coastline.

The rugged coastline.

The rugged coastline.

A rugged coastline.

The Shipwreck Coast.

The Shipwreck Coast.

The Twelve Apostles.

The Twelve Apostles.

The Twelve Apostles.

The Twelve Apostles.

The Twelve Apostles.

 

Comments

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  • your photos are absolutly breathtaking. Makes me want to rent a car and make the trip down the coast. We will be in Gold Coast. is it worth it to rent a car for the experience?

    • Cosette

      Thanks! I don’t know anything about car rentals here. We went in my boyfriend’s car. But it is a beautiful drive and makes for a terrific weekend getaway. I highly recommend it.

  • Reblogged this on Makais.com Blog and commented:
    The Twelve Apostles look amazing!

    • Cosette

      Thank you for reblogging my entry. The Twelve Apostles really is amazing. I hope more people get to see it.

  • I want to be there. Right now. Seriously.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    🙂

    • Cosette

      Thanks for your comments!

  • Carlie Chew

    Amazing pictures! What a beautiful coast, I’ve always dreamed of visiting.

    • Cosette

      I hope you get there!

  • I love London Bridge! And the grotto looks so serene and beautiful… fab pics!

    • Cosette

      Thank you. Most of the time, you can hear the waves crashing, but it is quiet and serene in the Grotto.

  • OMG–these photos are simply stunning! Thanks so much for sharing them, and congrats on Freshly Pressed!
    Hugs,
    Kathy

    • Cosette

      Thank you! It’s very exciting!

  • Wow, breathtaking!

    • Cosette

      It really is. Thanks for your comments!

  • Outstanding images of a place I may never see. Twelve Apostles are interesting. Thanks for sharing your world with me.

    • Cosette

      Aw,you’re welcome. I know the feeling. There are so many beautiful places in the world I want to see. Thanks for your comments!

  • Jennifer

    The Gold Coast isn’t anywhere near Great Ocean Road…You’d have to fly from Brisbane to Melbourne and drive from there….stunning photos! One of my favorite drives ever!

    • Cosette

      Next time, I hope. There are many stunning places in Australia. Thanks for your comments!

  • DREAMZ INFRA

    Traveling the Great Ocean Road is an absolute must if you’re in Victoria. This 151-mile road runs along Australia’s south-eastern coast and provides breathtaking views and access to beautiful landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles.Really its wonderful.

    • Cosette

      Indeed! Thanks for your comments.

  • Beautiful photos of extremely breathtaking scenery!!! Just last week, I watched a travel documentary about Australia which featured the Great Ocean Road. I hope one day to see and photograph it for myself!!!

    • Cosette

      I look forward to seeing your photos someday!

  • Love your pictures! They are so beautiful!

    • Cosette

      Thank you!

  • Beautiful pictures…. Was there four years back and it reminded me of that day… thanks for sharing them…

    • Cosette

      You’re welcome. Thanks for your comments 🙂

  • Places I’d definitely like to visit one day…
    Soon…

    • Cosette

      I hope you get the chance to do it! Thanks for your comments.

  • I love your photos! We did it by bicycle a few years ago – stunning stretch of road! Views that just keep on coming!
    Nate and Cait – I am sure you could rent a car for the drive, however you would most likely want to fly from the Gold Coast as the distance between the two places is considerable. Well worth it if you have the time.

    • Cosette

      It must be pretty awesome by bicycle. Thanks for your comments!

  • Wow, amazing photos and such spectacular views. I lived in Sydney for 2 years almost 15 years ago, but we never had the chance to do this drive, most unfortunately. Guess it’ll be for the next time I stop over down under! Thanks for sharing your photos – they’re incredible and it’s good to travel through the pictures! Congrats on being freshly pressed 🙂

    • Cosette

      Thank you very much! It’s exciting. I understand never having gone while you lived in Australia. There’s so much to see and do in this beautiful country. I hope you get the chance in the future.

  • Amazing views!

    • Cosette

      Indeed! Thanks for your comments 🙂

  • Absolutely gorgeous! Looks similar to the west coast of the United States: http://ouryearinportland.wordpress.com/
    Great post!

    • Cosette

      Oh yes; there are definitely some lovely drives in the U.S. One of my favorites is in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Great blog!

  • Great photos, I am looking out my window with lots of grey clouds and rain so lovely to see sunny shots. Thank you.

    • Cosette

      Haha! Well, it’s cold and rainy here this week so I sympathize. Thanks for your comments!

  • Lovely photos, and congrats on your freshly pressed!

    • Cosette

      Thank you! It’s so exciting!

  • Beautiful pictures! Australia has been on my travel list for awhile–I can’t wait to see this for myself one day. 🙂

    • Cosette

      It is a beautiful country. I hope you make it. Thanks for your comments.

  • Spectacular views! I must visit in the next few years.

    • Cosette

      I hope you do! Thanks for your comments 🙂

  • wow estan geniales estas fotografias… me transportaron por un momento hacia la playa… que ricas vacaciones!!!

    • Cosette

      Muchas gracias. Australia es muy bella.

  • Beautiful Pictures of a beautiful place. I truly must add this to the bucket list. Amazing!!

    • Cosette

      Yes! Do it. Australia is a beautiful place and great for adventures. Thanks for your comments.

  • Great pictures.
    What is a blog if it isn’t to help others dream? 🙂

    • Cosette

      Aw, thank you. That’s a very nice thing to say.

  • outdoorcanvas

    Noice!!! I’d love to visit Australia and ride that road on my motorcycle one day. Bucket list just got bigger it looks like!

    • Cosette

      My partner also expressed wanting to go back and do it on motorcycle. Pretty thrilling, I think. I hope you get to do it. Thanks for your comments.

  • Constance V. Walden

    Gorgeous photography. Thanks for sharing. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

    • Cosette

      Thank you, Connie!

  • Wow. Kinda reminds me of driving on Pacific Coast Highway 1 in California.

    • Cosette

      Oooh, thanks for the tip. *Adds Pacific Coast Highway 1 to her to-do list.*

  • I love the ocean and these photographs capture its joyous majesty well…*sigh*

    • Cosette

      Thank you, Diana.

  • Loving all your images! We agree its a spectacular part of the world. Thanks for sharing.

    • Cosette

      Thanks! Indeed, Australia is a beautiful country.

  • Beautiful!! I’ve never really had Australia as one of my “must see” countries, but looking at your photos are definitely changing that and making me want to jump on the next plane there!

    • Cosette

      Visit if you have the opportunity. It’s a beautiful country and Melbourne is a wonderful city. Thanks for your comments!

  • Beautiful pictures. Makes me want to visit!

    • Cosette

      I hope you get the chance! Thanks for your comments.

  • Magnificent photographs! The beach is an awesome subject. Did you get any sunset/sunrise photos at this beach?

    • Cosette

      I took a few sunset photos, but my humble camera didn’t handle them well. After a long day of driving and stopping along all the sites, we decided to check into a hotel for the night rather than drive back home the same day. We intended to get up really early and catch the sunrise over the rocks, but we were exhausted and slept right in.

  • Wow, gorgeous photos!! A dream of mine has been to visit Australia. Haven’t been yet, but when I do (and I WILL), I am SO doing the Great Ocean Road! Thank you for taking us along for the ride! Cheers 🙂

    • Cosette

      You’ll love Australia. I look forward to seeing your photos! 🙂

  • i was just in melbourne to visit my daughter and made it only as far as bell’s beach. your pictures are so absolutely beathtaking and really capture what i saw. next trip the whole great ocean road for us. thank you for these.

    • Cosette

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy your time in Melbourne and I look forward to seeing your photos of the Great Ocean Road.

  • Lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing with us. Dr. Sherry

    • Cosette

      Thank you for your comments, Dr. Sherry!

  • Congrats on being Freshly Pressed – awesome pictures! When my son was 8 years old, he saw a picture of the Twelve Apostles and vowed he would see them in person one day. When he was 23 years old, he did just that and said it was everything he dreamed it would be!

    • Cosette

      Tell your son I concur! I was really looking forward to seeing the rocks and it’s definitely been a highlight of my adventure down under. Thanks for your comments!

  • Surreal, amazing landscape. The Apostles are incredible. I lived in Northern California for a while, and your pictures remind me of that rugged northern coast. These pictures are breathtaking, I can only imagine what it’s like to actually stand there and take them. I LOVED this…thanks for sharing.

    • Cosette

      I keep hearing that about Northern California’s coast. I’m gonna have to spend more time exploring the Golden State. Thanks for your comments!

      • You’re welcome! And NoCal’s coast is special for sure, you won’t be disappointed…

  • Wonderful pictures….. Oh my this is amazing, I am so jealous. I might have to convince myself to go there on day… May have to put it on the bucket list…..

    • Cosette

      Do it! Australia is a beautiful country. I’m sure you’ll love it. Thanks for your comments.

  • Gorgeous. I will most certainly be taking this trip next time I’m down under… If we’re lucky enough to have the time of course. Thanks!

    • Cosette

      I hope you’re able to make it. I’m sure you’d love it. Thanks for your comments!

  • I really miss Australia and the people. I lived in Sydney (April 1967 – June 1968). I was there on business and came back on business in 1986. I am trying to put together a motorcycle trip to ride the parameter of Australia. You picture have inspired me even more to make it happen. Great pictures. Thanks very much for the post. I will have to give your blog a longer look. Thanks again, Ivan the Texas Rambler.

    • Cosette

      Aw, what a nice comment! Thank you, Ivan. A motorcycle journey through Australia sounds amazing. Best of luck!

  • Oh glory be in Victoria!

    • Cosette

      Indeed! Thank you for your comments 🙂

  • best trip in my life…good memories

    • Cosette

      That’s nice to hear! I too am thoroughly enjoying my visit.

  • Reblogged this on pahunter0718 and commented:
    this is beautiful

    • Cosette

      Thanks for reblogging!

  • Love the ocean

    • Cosette

      Me too! And I was kind of missing it. It was wonderful to see it. Thanks for your comment!

  • Wonderful photos… I relly enjoyed them 🙂

    • Cosette

      Thank you 🙂

  • I’ve been envisioning moving to and living on the Southeast Coast of Australia. Thanks for the photos, and reinvigorating my intention to get there by the fall!

    • Cosette

      Yay! Best of luck on your journey 🙂

  • Reblogged this on augussinaga.

    • Cosette

      Thanks very much!

      • give me your tour..

        • Cosette

          I don’t have one. We just drove and stopped along the lookouts. Most of them are marked. And it’s all free!

  • sarahmiw

    Reblogged this on sarahslifeadventures and commented:
    adding this drive to my bucket list. one day, i’m going to travel to australia.

    • Cosette

      Thank you, Sarah. Australia awaits you!

  • I definitely bet many hollywood films have their cameras near those twelve apostles..

    • Cosette

      Funny you should mention that! I don’t recall ever seeing the rocks in any movie. Now you’ve got me thinking.

  • OK, how close is this to New South Wales? These formations are the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. I had to do a double take. I have friends in NSW so I’m hoping that would get me close enough for a day trip!

    • Cosette

      Oh, it’s pretty far! Depending on where you are in NSW, you’re looking at 1-3 days of driving. Make friends with people in Melbourne 🙂

  • That is just beautiful. If I ever make it down to Australia, I’m definately making it to the Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles. Great pictures.

    • Cosette

      Thanks! I hope you do make it 🙂

  • Que paisagens maravilhosas.

    Conheça o http://caribebrasileiro.wordpress.com/ tambem tem lindas praias de águas mornas e cristalinas.

    • Cosette

      Obrigada! That’s all the Portuguese I know how to write 🙂

      • Adoro viajar, com certeza vou querer conhecer esses lugares maravilhosos, natureza é tudo de bom.
        Parabens pela materia.

  • Absolutely gorgeous pictures!!

    • Cosette

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Beautiful Photos..Stunning Landscape..

    • Cosette

      Thank you! The Shipwreck Coast is a tragic, but beautiful place.

  • Such a beautiful place. Great photos! Loved it.

    • Cosette

      Thanks, guen! Your blog made me hungry 😛

      • You’re welcome. Hehe! Hoping to visit your place soon. 🙂

  • What a great reminder of this fabulous place I had the chance in experiencing (yes experiencing!) as the harsh weather (at the time) & the grounding sound of the waves smashing against the rocks made the whole area covered with foam with an impression of snow fall , a true breathtaking scenery.
    Great places to eat are also to be found along the Great Ocean road area as Victoria has a great sense of good and well cooked items ….
    Loved it , loved it and oh … did I say that I loved it?
    Thanks for sharing

    • Cosette

      It’s been a highlight of my trip. And you’re so right about the food! Thanks for your comments, Daniel.

  • The Boyd Capital Group

    am going down under next month for the first time.

    • Cosette

      Awesome! Will you be traveling all over or staying in one city? How long will you be in Oz?

  • Great photos! I can almost hear the silent waves 🙂 really a nice break from being glued reading through mails…..

    • Cosette

      It’s always nice to take a little break from emails and work. Thanks for your comments!

  • Beautiful scenery love it.

    • Cosette

      Thank you, Yasir!

  • ellyche

    Love it! although it’s beautiful in winter these photos make me so nostalgic of summertime

    • Cosette

      It’s autumn here in Australia and it was pretty cold along the coast here when the sun went down, but the days were just gorgeous. Thanks for your comments!

  • John Saddington

    Reblogged this on 8BIT.

    • Cosette

      Thanks, John! I’m a fan of your work. 🙂

  • Breathtaking photos 🙂 It makes me want to see even more of the world. Thanks for sharing them!

    • Cosette

      Thanks! I love to travel and want to do more of it.

  • These pictures are amazing! I’ve always been wanting to go see the 12 aphostles, congrats on a very well deserved fresh pressed page 🙂

    • Cosette

      I hope you get to see the rocks someday. Thanks for your comments 🙂

  • These pictures are quite simply stunning, the twelve apostles almost look like computer generated optical illusions in some of the pictures. You have captured the images in an efffortless perfection.

    • Cosette

      They look a little surreal in person too. Thanks for your comments!

  • Amazing photography- you must’ve gone at just the right time. The lighting is great. 🙂

    • Cosette

      Thank you. My favorites are the photos of London Bridge. I don’t know at what time those were taken and I love the light on them.

  • christinakikisauer

    The photos are beautiful. 😀

    • Cosette

      Thank you, Christina!

  • JT

    Cosette,
    Thank you for sharing these incredible vistas! Also I am impressed that you have taken the care to respond to all your commenters!

    • Cosette

      I feel that if people take the time to comment, I should acknowledge that. Comments are a fun part of blogging!

  • solfasila

    Definitely on my list of places to travel to!!!

    • Cosette

      I hope you get there. You’ll love it!

  • I think if I visit I might never leave…

    • Cosette

      I know the feeling. Thanks for your comments!

  • This is beautiful!

    • Cosette

      Thanks, Josephina!

  • wow these are amazing…… thanks for the great photos!

    • Cosette

      Thanks for your comments, ricobel!

  • Beautiful place… 🙂
    Like this….

    • Cosette

      Thanks! The Shipwreck Coast is a gorgeous area.

  • Reblogged this on Barbara Edwards Soprano and commented:
    It was the vibrancy of the colours in this blog that caught my eye. The fact that I’d also like to visit takes 2nd place. I have never been to Australia, but with our current economic climate, I know plenty who are now living and working there. I really hope they also get to enjoy some of the sights. For the moment though, some pics will have to do.

    • Cosette

      Thanks for the reblog, Barbara. Australia is a beautiful country and I think there are a lot of opportunities here. There are a lot of Americans living and working here despite the high cost of living in cities such as Melbourne and Sydney.

  • Jenny

    The photos of the Twelve Apostles are my favourites! I love how the sky and the ocean melts into each other and how the rocks acts like stable and calm spots amidst the rolling waves. The place looks amazing.

    • Cosette

      It is an amazing place. Thanks for your comments, Jenny!

  • Wow! The landscape is amazing! The Twelve Apostles, the Grotto, the Bay of Martyrs–your pictures are my first glimpse of these spots. I’ve added them to the list of places that I have to see.

    • Cosette

      Yay! Australia awaits you. Thanks for your comments!

      • You’re welcome:) Do you live in Australia since that’s the theme of your blog?

        • Cosette

          I don’t live in Australia. I’m on vacation here for a few months.

          • Well I hope you enjoy yourself immensely! I thought your enthusiasm was a little inconsistent with a born-and-bred Aussie who would be used to the fantastic sights you have around you.

          • Cosette

            Thank you! It’s been wonderful so far.

  • Beautiful objects from nature. Awesome pics!

    • Cosette

      Thanks! Nature at work indeed. These rocks and the landscape are always changing as the result of the ocean always crashing into them.

  • great photos!
    thanks for sharing.

    • Cosette

      Thank you and for your comments!

  • gingerjudgesyou

    Lovely! I did The Great Ocean Road a few years ago. I <3 Australia, wish I lived there! Beautiful place (if you don't count all the poisonous creatures, but hey who doesn't need a little more excitement in their lives) and friendly people!

  • Gorgeous pictures – one of my most favourite places of everywhere I have ever been. We went back to Great Ocean Road a second time, we loved it so much. We spent a year in Australia and I’d give just about anything to live there again.

    • Cosette

      It is a beautiful country and a great place to live. I’m going to miss Australia very much.

  • A J

    Reblogged this on Bloody Oath !! and commented:
    The Great Ocean Road ….. Awesome

    • Cosette

      Thanks, AJ!

  • Amazing photographs! What an awesome place. You might like to check out some of my photographs: http://searunner.wordpress.com/ Have a good one!

    • Cosette

      Thanks! You have a great blog. I love New England especially in the fall.

  • This is now on my “to do list” 🙂 Love from Norway

    • Cosette

      Norway is on my to visit list! Thanks for your comments 🙂

  • wonderful place! thank you for sharing!:)

    http://draganavlasicphotography.wordpress.com/

    • Cosette

      Thanks, Dragana, and great blog!

  • DYING to go here! Great Pics!!

    • Cosette

      Thank you. I hope you do get to visit the Shipwreck Coast.

  • Might add this to my bucket list – incredible, thanks for sharing

    • Cosette

      I think the Shipwreck Coast is an excellent addition to anybody’s bucket list. Thanks for your comments!

  • Stunning pictures! Would love to drive that road! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Cosette

      Thanks! It’s a lovely drive.

  • Great photos, I don’t know what had the most effect on me – the stunning coast or seeing the steps down to the ‘Grotto’! Congratulations on FP. 😉

    • Cosette

      The steps down to the Grotto and back aren’t nearly as bad as they look. Now, the steps back up from Erskine Falls, those are challenging. And thanks! 🙂

  • MyDestiny2011

    Reblogged this on MyDestiny2011 and commented:
    Wish I was there ~amazing & breathtaking paradise!!~Thank you

    • Cosette

      Thank you for reblogging!

  • Nichol Caddingham

    Reblogged this on Modern Gentleman and commented:
    Reason #148 why I must return to Australia, doing it right this time.

    • Cosette

      Thanks for the reblog. Australia awaits you!

  • It’s such a wonderful drive! Love all your piccys!!

    Must say, the little secluded parts make it more intriguing too!!

    • Cosette

      The Twelve Apostles gets tourists, but there are other less popular rock formations that don’t attract as many people. In many instances, it was just my partner and I and it was lovely to stroll along the beach together. Thanks for your comments!

  • Reblogged this on Hodgepodge 4 the Soul and commented:
    An ocean lover’s PARADISE…true eye candy 🙂

    • Cosette

      Thanks for the reblog. I love the ocean as well.

  • Reblogged this on saif110 and commented:
    This is amazing!

    • Cosette

      Thanks and for the reblog 🙂

  • Australia is soooo my next vacation!

    • Cosette

      It’s a beautiful country. You’ll love it!

  • Absolutely wonderful pictures! I just love the combination of the sky, the sea and the beautiful beach!! I think I should plan another holiday now~ days counting down!!

    • Cosette

      Australia awaits you, Carrie! Thanks for your comments.

  • I had a road trip involving Great Ocean Road during the Chistmas-New Year’s Eve holiday. But my photos are not as great as yours! You took wonderful pictures, my friend! Awesome! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

    • Cosette

      Thank you, Subhan!

  • Great Ocean Road was one of the first things I did when I moved to Australia. It was amazing. We spent too long pausing at each site, though, so we only made it as far as Loch Ard Gorge before we had to head back to Melbourne. One of these days I’ll go the whole way. I like your pictures much better than mine, especially of the Twelve Apostles. I was there at sunset, which was nice, but not so good for getting good pictures.

    • Cosette

      Thanks! We had planned to spend just one day there, but ended up spending two.

  • These photos are amazing. So beautiful.

    • Cosette

      Thanks very much, maha!

  • www.macuisineetvous.com

    Magnifique

    • Cosette

      Merci! 🙂

  • Krásné místo, ještě krásnější fotky.

    • Cosette

      děkuji 🙂

  • Beautiful photos. How I wish I have enough money to visit this place. ;D

    • Cosette

      The plane fare can be costly, but there’s no admission fee to see the rocks. Thanks for your comments!

  • AMAZING, BREATHTAKING, AWESOME Photos – thanks for sharing! Congrats on being FP!

    • Cosette

      Thank you so much!

  • All I can say is WOW! So much beauty out there…stunning images!

    • Cosette

      Thank you, Niki. Australia is a beautiful country.

  • Stunning photos of wonderful ocean views. Thank you for sharing.

    • Cosette

      Thank you for your comments!

  • I was very fortunate to visit this the country and the area around 10 years ago. It is such a wonderful road winding its way along the coastline.

    • It’s a great drive. Thanks for your comments!

  • Reblogged to remind my family of the beauty nearby. Great photos, Thanks.