Come along with us on our little adventure!
We have finally left our amazing room in St Kilda, brushed the dust off our backpacks and packed our lives into a 4×2 metre van (named Alfie).
After buying ourselves a Mitsubishi Express 1993 Campervan we have headed on the open road, as soon as we saw it advertised on Facebook, we set out to make it our own and luckily we bagged it! After 5 months of working in Melbourne it was definitely time to see what the ‘holiday’ part of our working-holiday visa was all about. Naturally The Great Ocean Road is our first trip and is just scene after scene of postcard perfect views, breathtaking at each and every curve.
Our first stop was in Lorne, there are loads of places to get a bite to eat and the waves brought in lots of surfers – the first ones I’ve seen in Aus! If you’re after a snack to eat on the beach we went to Grandma Shield’s Bakery and got the best sausage roll ever for only $3.50 – sorry Greggs I do miss you lots. It is located just opposite the beach parking area and also has seating outside.
After that we headed back on our travels, just a 15 minute drive north of Lorne is the hidden gem that is Erskine Falls. There is a lookout point at the top and you can also take quite a few steps down to the base of the waterfall which is absolutely breathtaking. Most people climb over the river and past the man-made viewing platform right to the base, quite easily done but do watch your step. In my opinion the photos don’t do it justice, but I try anyway.
Continuing along the Great Ocean Road for about an hour we stopped off in Apollo Bay, and obviously got some more food! We stopped off at George’s Takeaway and in true British style got ourselves one of the $10 fish and chips special which was so big it managed to feed us both.
Our original plan was to then drive to the Cape Otway Lighthouse for sunset, unfortunately the closer we got the more the rain came down, so we decided to leave it in the morning and set out for Bimbi Park Accomodation. I would highly recommend staying here, an unpowered site cost only $20 for the night. Not too far off the Great Ocean Road and you can even walk from the campsite to the Cape Otway Lighthouse, only downside is that you do have to pay to use the showers.
All in all our first day on the road was very chilled, taking in all the beautiful scenery and working out where best to put glass bottles in the van. (Preferably not where it can roll off the edge of the van and smash everywhere FYI.)