Adventures living as expats.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road covers a ~150 mile stretch of road that hugs the coast just a few hours southwest of Melbourne and offers amazing views and cute beach towns.  A few of our friends claimed that you can see it in 1 day so considering our 6 month passenger, we opted to make it into a 3 day road trip.  This ended up feeling pretty rushed and a bit too much driving each day for our restless boy and we wished for more time in several of the towns that we passed through.

On our first day we drove to Port Fairy and checked into a well loved and historical B&B that reminded us how wonderful it is to stay in small boutique hotels.  The room, common areas, staff, and especially breakfast surpassed all expectations and our 1 night stay felt very restful and pampering.  It was ANZAC day so dinner options were a bit limited and we ended up at a fine dining restaurant with a cranky baby.  The staff was so kind and eased our embarrassment by telling a story of their 4 year old son coming down from the upstairs apartment in his underwear to help himself to the drinks cooler during dinner service.
Hux is happiest when he's standing and has Dad's attention
Stretching our legs and soaking in the incredibly fresh air
Such a yummy breakfast spread with homemade jams, bread, granola, fresh squeezed juice, and made to order omelettes
The following day we started our drive along the GOR and took in the stunning views while Hux slept through all the excitement.  We arrived to Apollo Bay, settled into our AirBnB, and discovered that there was no wifi and wow what a blessing in disguise!  We had to talk to each other, and play with the baby, and had to choose restaurants without reading reviews!  Seriously unplugging for 2 days was such a great finish to the trip.
Bay of Islands
Twelve Apostles
Postcard views
The next day we backtracked a short distance from Apollo Bay and visited the Cape Otway lighthouse which is the oldest working lighthouse in Australia and claims to be the most important.  We got stuck in a sudden rain storm and dropped into the cafe for some tea while the storm passed by as quickly as it came.  We rounded out the day with some wine tasting and a delicious and casual seafood dinner.
Little man sleeping through the action again!
Brings back memories of our first trip to Australia where we stayed for a few nights in the Hunter Valley wine region
Our final day started a bit rough as we had no plan and were all coming down with a cold.  It certainly improved once we got to Lorne and had a coffee, bought some adorable clothes and swimmers for Hux, grabbed a top notch burger, and relaxed on a knoll overlooking the ocean.  Not too bad ehh?  We capped off the trip with dinner at Mountain Goat Brewery in Melbourne and a frenzied search for a gas station by the airport as I refused to pay the exorbitant gas prices charged by the rental car company.   
Already missing the Land Down Undah

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