The three days on the Great Ocean Road where an amazing experience with the best views, picture spots, lovely people, good music on the road and delicious food!
My Friday started the earliest I ever woke up in Australia as I had to check out, grab all my belongings and walk 2km to the pickup point where my Great Ocean Road Tour with groovygrapetours started. It was pretty hard to walk for half an hour with my big backpack and my small backpack in the front and I probably couldn’t have walked for much longer as my shoulders were itching, but I made it and it was beautiful to walk through the city that early.
On our tour, there were only eight people, all girls and five of them from Germany, two from Great Britain and one American girl. We were a pretty cool group and some of the girls love photography as well which is awesome! The American girl is even a Freelance photographer and pretty known on Instagram (@lizaherlands_). She takes manly New York, interior and food pictures and I really like her and it was super interesting to talk to her and learn a few things.
After getting out of Melbourne the famous Ocean Drive started and we had such a wonderful view over the sea. We were super lucky with the weather as well, only a few clouds, lots of sunshine and not that much wind.
We enjoyed the beautiful coastal drive, stopped for many viewpoints and “Insta-time’ – stops as our guide called the photo stops :D
Followed by lunch with a view over the ocean and a beach walk afterwards. We had wraps with lots of fresh greens and veggies and I was completely impressed by how much fresh food we got over the whole tour. I never ever expected the food to be this good!
In the afternoon we stopped by a rainforest and walked through it and I really felt like in another world. Huge trees, fronds, all green and beautiful silence and bird noises.
On time for sunset we made it to the most famous stop on the GOR – the twelve apostles. And we had a blast watching the sun drowning in the ocean water and the stones, sky and water changing colours. It was truly one of the most beautiful spectacles I ever watched in my entire life… have a look yourself:
After this adventurous day, we had lots of pizza for dinner and fell asleep immediately.
Day two started early which a big breakfast (tour breakfast consists of toast, jam, chocolate spread, peanut butter, muesli & cornflakes, yoghurt and milk – I asked for vegan milk in advance which is no problem at all) to be fit for more viewpoints and looksouts.
The Ocean Road was complete, so we had a wonderful view over sheep and cow fields, little mountains and the hinterland.
Our tour guide luckily knew the best spot to see kangaroos very close and it was so cute to watch them eating grass. Some even had babies that looked out of their mom’s pouch.
Afterwards we visited the Aboriginal Cultural Centre of this area and drove further to a Tower Hill National Park where we saw our first koala sleeping in the tree.
For lunch we had a burger BBQ at a public BBQ place (which is very common in Australia). I ate a burger salad which was delicious!
Afterwards we hiked to the McKenzie Waterfall and ended our day with cooking together in our lovely cabin we stayed for the night. We had pasta with (veggie) Bolognese and roasted oven zucchini.
Sunday started with a very early but beautiful morning hike. I really enjoy that you go on hikes together on the tours because I love hiking and walking in nature and it is a welcome change to the sitting on the bus a lot.
The view over the mountain ranges was beautiful and it is great that you get up super early on the tours and be the first one at the lookouts, because travelling alone/privately it is very difficult to motivate yourself to get up so early.
On day three we had a lot of driving to do and only two lookouts over the mountain ranges and at a pink lake. This was the first time for me seeing one and it is kinda funny.
For our last lunch, we had leftovers and took a long nap on our way to Adelaide.
As a group, we decided to meet again in the afternoon at 48 flavours in Adelaide that our tour guide recommended. This Ice Cream place is worldwide known as it created the best ice cream flavour of 2017: Gorgonzola, Fig, Walnut. Sounds weird but tastes amazing. They also have lots of vegan flavours and I tested their peanut butter soy which was super creamy and delicious!
In my next Diary blog post I’ll tell you more about my time in Adelaide!
*Disclaimer! Just to clarify that: I got a discount for my tour with groovygrapetours, but I am obviously still 100% honest with all my reviews and thoughts!