Having only just passed my driving test, it probably won't come as a huge surprise that I've never done a road trip before. It's something I've thought about, and have always had the typical Route 66, East to West, Thelma and Louise style fantasies of top down tales, sunglasses and soundtracks, coasting along carefree with my wingman (cough, Joe) directing in the passengers seat...

...So, during our brief three night stay in Melbourne I was thrilled that we managed to squeeze in a trip along the Great Ocean Road. Stretched across 243 kilometres of the south-eastern Australian coast and normally tackled over three days of driving, camping and soaking it all in- we managed to just about squeeze everything in in 11 hours (missing only the last few miles of the route as we neared the end). Initially hand-built as a government scheme to assist recovering soldiers from WW1- the road connects little once isolated towns along the coastline, linking up some of the countries most beautiful landscapes and hideaways- as well as the stunning and ancient Maits Rest rainforest too (all in a days work, of course).



Beginning bright and early, we loaded the car with water bottles, suncream and buckled our belts before setting off along the coast. With our initial pit-stop including a hop out in Torquay, Bells Beach and Anglesea; the route was filled with some of Australia's best waves and surfing spots, with names such as 'Freshwater Creek' all making me wish we had time to even attempt getting on a board.



There was something incredibly calming about winding along quiet roads next to some of the bluest ocean I'd ever seen. With nothing but each others company and views of nothing but open road and blue sea ahead- it almost went by in so much of a blur that I'm not sure I had time to take it all in. Even the brief moments of parking up, clueless as to our whereabouts- only to walk out onto views of swooping cliff sides and cars as small as ants winding around felt somewhat magical.



With our journey including a seaside lunch break in one of the local surf towns, before heading past the Memorial Arch and later on to 12 Apostles and London Bridge- it all felt like a total whirlwind. So- if you're visiting Victoria, or even stopping by in Melbourne- I'd hugely recommend making this trip. It can be done in as little as a day or as long as three- and I promise you won't regret it. Now- our final stop in Melbourne calls! See you there!



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Having only just passed my driving test, it probably won't come as a huge surprise that I've never done a road trip before. It's something I've thought about, and have always had the typical Route 66, East to West, Thelma and Louise style fantasies of top down tales, sunglasses and soundtracks, coasting along carefree with my wingman (cough, Joe) directing in the passengers seat...

...So, during our brief three night stay in Melbourne I was thrilled that we managed to squeeze in a trip along the Great Ocean Road. Stretched across 243 kilometres of the south-eastern Australian coast and normally tackled over three days of driving, camping and soaking it all in- we managed to just about squeeze everything in in 11 hours (missing only the last few miles of the route as we neared the end). Initially hand-built as a government scheme to assist recovering soldiers from WW1- the road connects little once isolated towns along the coastline, linking up some of the countries most beautiful landscapes and hideaways- as well as the stunning and ancient Maits Rest rainforest too (all in a days work, of course).



Beginning bright and early, we loaded the car with water bottles, suncream and buckled our belts before setting off along the coast. With our initial pit-stop including a hop out in Torquay, Bells Beach and Anglesea; the route was filled with some of Australia's best waves and surfing spots, with names such as 'Freshwater Creek' all making me wish we had time to even attempt getting on a board.



There was something incredibly calming about winding along quiet roads next to some of the bluest ocean I'd ever seen. With nothing but each others company and views of nothing but open road and blue sea ahead- it almost went by in so much of a blur that I'm not sure I had time to take it all in. Even the brief moments of parking up, clueless as to our whereabouts- only to walk out onto views of swooping cliff sides and cars as small as ants winding around felt somewhat magical.



With our journey including a seaside lunch break in one of the local surf towns, before heading past the Memorial Arch and later on to 12 Apostles and London Bridge- it all felt like a total whirlwind. So- if you're visiting Victoria, or even stopping by in Melbourne- I'd hugely recommend making this trip. It can be done in as little as a day or as long as three- and I promise you won't regret it. Now- our final stop in Melbourne calls! See you there!



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33 comments:

  1. This is making me crave summer so much! x
    Sophie Cliff

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  2. If it makes you feel any better I passed my test 6 years ago and still haven't been on a road trip!! These photos are gorgeous! Hope you had a brill time :) x

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  3. These photos are gorgeous and really bring across a feeling of warm summer breezes and walks across hot sand (even if it's pouring outside my office window back in the UK!) xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

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  4. Beautiful pics Liv! Even though I live in Sydney and have been driven along the Great Ocean Road before, I am yet to drive it myself. Gotta pass my test first too haha.
    Hope you have a darling day gorgeous!
    Much Love, Karen
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  5. Such gorgeous photos! x

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  6. Wow it looks absolutely amazing!
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  7. Love the beautiful pictures!

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  8. These photos are absolutely beautiful! Also love your outfit it's super cute. I live on the coast and driving (or being a passenger in my case) along besides the sea on a sunny day is one of the nicest things in the world! Xx
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  9. Wow! So beautiful <3

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  10. Gorgeous photos! Literally in love!!

    Fatima x www.fatima-writes.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. This world never stops to amaze me... There're so many places to discover, true paradise spots like this one! Thanks for sharing your photos. :)

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  12. Lovely photos!
    It looks so warm and sunny there. A far cry from where I live where we still have patches of snow on the ground.

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  13. These photos are so gorgeous, makes me wanna go to the beach

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  14. Such a pretty outfit!

    Briana
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  15. These look so pretty and the ocean seems so blue.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  16. Wow..what a dream..it all looks and sounds beautiful <3

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  17. Your hair looks so good on all the pictures!

    Carolina ;)

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  18. What a beautiful blouse!

    Liv

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  19. Ah, your roundtrip sounds like a dream! Serious holiday envy, I am craving some sunshine! Well done you, especially as you've only recently passed your test! Fab photos and thanks for sharing,
    Jaz xoxo
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  20. Wow it looks so amazing along there
    xo
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  21. This looks like so much fun! I'd love to travel around Australia at some point <3

    Gisforgingers xx

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  22. Sounds like such an incredible road trip! I have always dreamt of going on a road trip across America but Australia seems even more magical ♥

    Amy // snippetsofamy.co.uk

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  23. Hey there,
    This is so gorgeous. A little adventere while still staying in the familiar.

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  24. The Great Ocean Road really is so beautiful. My sisters and I drove along it on our roadtrip a few years ago. So beautiful, my favourite spot was Gibson Steps, but basically every stop along the way is breathtaking. Love seeing your photos, really brings the memories back :)

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  25. great outfit and amazing pictures!

    lu | Coco&Louis

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  26. I'm reading this as I work out how I'm gonna get home from work if it snows, so I'm just a tiny bit envious. 🙈


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  27. Ahh these pictures are gorgeous, makes me want to pack a suitcase right now aha! Beautiful pictures and love the outfits too x

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  28. Girl I passed my test years ago and you have done so much more in terms of confident drivnig than me - I'd love to be rbave enough to do this trip, yes Liv! The route looks so beautiful and breathtaking.

    Lauren x
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  29. Girl I passed my test years ago and you have done so much more in terms of confident drivnig than me - I'd love to be rbave enough to do this trip, yes Liv! The route looks so beautiful and breathtaking.

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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  30. So many stunning pictures, I would absolutely love to do this one day!

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  31. It really does look incredible! Your outfit is utterly gorgeous & oozes summer chic! I cant help but love the frill trend...

    Hayley xx
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