We were entertained by a hell of a lot of rainfall during our first night in the camper, but luckily we awoke to the sun gleaming through the trees. Just a very short drive from our campsite was Australia’s Most Important Lighthouse, and with a title like that it would be rude not to see what the fuss was about. Unaware of just how important this lighthouse was, we didn’t realise it was a closed off park with admission fees. It cost $19.50 each to see the lighthouse, we were a bit put off by the price but having come all this way we payed, grabbed a map and headed in.
Our blue skies were swiftly erased and replaced by an opaque grey. Luckily we sought refuge in the cosy cafe, which granted us shelter from the rain and great views of the lighthouse. With just moments to spare before I caved and ordered a scone with cream and jam, the weather cleared up and we headed up the lighthouse. We were greeted at the top of the lighthouse by a guide who happily told us a facts and showed us interesting parts to look at. The view from the top was lovely and well worth it, even through squinted eyes as it was very blustery.
As we walked around the park we realised why the admission fee was so high. There are many attractions other than the lighthouse. Walking through the gardens we found The Meeting Hut, housing lots of Indigenous artefacts and another guide who told us their uses. We looked over maps of Australia and the Indigenous names of places that we had been to, whilst being warmed by the fire, thankfully.
Finally managed to get a picture of the lighthouse without angry rain clouds!
We headed back on our journey along the Great Ocean Road for about an hour and we saw the sign ‘Gibson Steps 300m on left’. Now 300m is not that much time to deliberate, as we decided to go a bit too late and ended up going through the exit. So don’t delay, definitely just go.
You can see the two rock formations, named Gog and Magog, from the viewpoint but I would recommend walking down to the beach to appreciate the sheer size of them. However, keep one eye on the sea at all times we turned our backs for a second and our feet ended up drenched by the unexpectedly fast tide.
We felt like we had reached the world’s end and could fall off the edge at any moment. The Twelve Apostles were stunning as well, as expected it was very busy with tourists but still very beautiful.
Only a couple of minutes down the road we visited the Loch Ard Gorge, named after a shipreck from England – Melbourne, of which it’s 54 passengers sadly only 2 people survived. The Loch Ard Gorge is mesmorising although the force at which the waves crash through it just shows the power the sea has.
Along the Great Ocean Road there are loads of other sights such as London Bridge, The Grotto and The Bay of Islands. Unfortunately we underestimated how hungry we were and when our stomachs rumble, we can only think of food. So regrettably, we went straight to Warrnambool to check in to our campsite.
Note : Buy food to make pack lunches.