Departing bright and early at 6.30am, we travel inland through to Camperdown in the Western District to pick up morning tea and take a restroom stop.
Continuing on, our first introduction to the stunning coastline is to the London Bridge. Prior to 1990, London Bridge was a double spanning bridge connected to the mainland. Wind and water over the years has caused the landmark to erode, and on 15th of January, 1990 the span closest to the mainland collapsed leaving 2 visitors stranded uninjured until a helicopter was able to rescue them. If you also look closely, you may see the Penguins returning from sea to their burrows below!
Our next stop is the history provoking Loch Ard Gorge. Named after the famous 1878 shipwreck on nearby Mutton Bird Island, fifty – two people were lost from the Loch Ard and only two teenage survivors were fortunate enough to be washed into the only safe gorge on the coast. Other people on the ship were washed into adjacent gorges and perished. There are numerous trails to explore here, so make sure you pack your walking shoes! Our first trail is of the Razorback – a stunning sharp looking formation. We then proceed to the Loch Ard Wreck lookout, and then down the steps in to the Gorge and on to the beach. Our last trail is past the Loch Ard cemetery and out to the lookout towards the wreck site. We arrive at the famous 12 Apostles, where you will be amazed at the magnificent limestone stacks standing tall in the Southern Ocean, created by constant erosion of the cliffs. The colour and beauty of these natural wonders need to be seen to be believed. Make sure your cameras are fully charged, the viewing platforms showcase so many angles of this gorgeous part of Victoria that
you will just want to keep snapping!
We will then stop for a 30 minute Rainforest walk at Maits Rest. You will see beautiful fern gardens and giant rainforest trees up to 300 years old. Traipse along a wooden boardwalk which protects some of the tree-fern gullies and moss-covered roots of the ancient rainforest trees, giving us unique views of the forest. We may even see Koalas, ring-tailed possums and grey kangaroos in their natural habitat.
Back in the bus, to continue our journey along the Great Ocean Road towards Apollo Bay for a brief stop for a late lunch and quick browse. Our trip follows the Great Ocean Road through the seaside towns of Wye River, Kennett River and the bustling town of Lorne. A short distance past Lorne, we stop at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch. This is a tribute to
the World War one servicemen who built the Great Ocean Road in 1932. The present arch is the third built to replace the second one destroyed in the Ash Wednesday bushfires of February 1983. The memorial plaque was unveiled near the arch on the 75th Anniversary of the opening of the road. Here you will find some platforms to take a few “selfies” with the memorial arch to say you were here!
Our last stop is to the Split Point Lighthouse, at Aireys Inlet. We will catch it just in time as the sun sets behind it. The Lighthouse, also known as the “White Queen” was built after ten ships were shipwrecked along the surf coast prior to 1890. There is also a fabulous viewing outlook that looks back towards Lorne, where you can see a portion of how far we have travelled! Eagle Rock is also a free-standing rock formation, just off the Split Point Lighthouse.
We load up for our last leg of our day, with a stop to refuel and refresh, returning approximately 8.30pm.
Full day transportation
Water and Snacks for the trip
Morning Tea – inclusive of cake and coffee
Price per person –
Requires 6 passengers for tour to proceed, however a smaller group can be negotiated.
Adult – $ 245 per person
Concession – $ 225 per person
Child – $ 200 per person