Great Ocean Road, Southwest Victoria

Thursday 24 January 2019. Returning from a short break in Killarney, the Handels decided to drive the length of Victoria’s iconic Great Ocean Road, from Allansford (home of Cheese World) to Torquay (home of Surfworld). On what was forecast to be a hot day, we set out from Killarney and turned onto the Great Ocean Road at the cheese capital of the world, Allansford. The famous road hits the coast at the Bay of Islands, a kind of lesser Twelve Apostles, where we made our first stop. It was already warming up. Then onto Loch Ard Gorge, which is really quite spectacular. En route to the viewing platform we took a detour to the Loch Ard cemetery, where some of those who lost their lives in the 1878 wreck of the clipper Loch Ard are buried. Next, the big one, the Twelve Apostles, four kilometres further on from Loch Ard Gorge. The Apostles attract busloads of tourists, especially in summer, making a visit somewhat trying, but they are rather impressive. After the Apostles we stopped at Apollo Bay for a picnic lunch, then on to Torquay. One day, 243 kilometres, four happy Handels.

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