The Great Ocean Road

Traveling the Great Ocean Road is an absolute must if you’re in Victoria. This 151-mile road runs along Australia’s south-eastern coast and provides breathtaking views and access to beautiful landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles.

The Great Ocean Road

Welcome to the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road

Traveling along the Great Ocean Road.

The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles.

The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles.

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The Twelve Apostles.

Great Ocean Road

The Twelve Apostles.

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The Twelve Apostles.

Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge.

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Loch Ard Gorge.

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Loch Ard Gorge.

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More rock formations along the coast.

London Bridge

London Bridge.

The Grotto

The Grotto.

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The steps down to the Grotto.

The Grotto

The steps leading down to the Grotto.

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The Shipwreck Coast.

Bay of Martyrs

The sun setting over the Bay of Martyrs.

Bay of Martyrs

Bay of Martyrs.

Bay of Martyrs

Bay of Martyrs.

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Bay of Martyrs.

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More rock formations along the coast.

Thunder Cave

Thunder Cave.

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Taking a stroll and lots of photos along the beach.

Erskine Falls

Erskine Falls, Great Otway National Park, in Lorne.

I took over a hundred photos. You can see more at my Flickr.




  1. your photos are absolutly breathtaking. Makes me want to rent a car and make the trip down the coast. We will be in Gold Coast. is it worth it to rent a car for the experience?

    • Thanks! I don’t know anything about car rentals here. We went in my boyfriend’s car. But it is a beautiful drive and makes for a terrific weekend getaway. I highly recommend it.

  2. Reblogged this on Blog and commented:
    The Twelve Apostles look amazing!

    • Thank you for reblogging my entry. The Twelve Apostles really is amazing. I hope more people get to see it.

  3. I want to be there. Right now. Seriously.

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  4. Amazing pictures! What a beautiful coast, I’ve always dreamed of visiting.

  5. I love London Bridge! And the grotto looks so serene and beautiful… fab pics!

    • Thank you. Most of the time, you can hear the waves crashing, but it is quiet and serene in the Grotto.

  6. OMG–these photos are simply stunning! Thanks so much for sharing them, and congrats on Freshly Pressed!

  7. Outstanding images of a place I may never see. Twelve Apostles are interesting. Thanks for sharing your world with me.

    • Aw,you’re welcome. I know the feeling. There are so many beautiful places in the world I want to see. Thanks for your comments!

  8. The Gold Coast isn’t anywhere near Great Ocean Road…You’d have to fly from Brisbane to Melbourne and drive from there….stunning photos! One of my favorite drives ever!

  9. Traveling the Great Ocean Road is an absolute must if you’re in Victoria. This 151-mile road runs along Australia’s south-eastern coast and provides breathtaking views and access to beautiful landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles.Really its wonderful.

  10. Beautiful photos of extremely breathtaking scenery!!! Just last week, I watched a travel documentary about Australia which featured the Great Ocean Road. I hope one day to see and photograph it for myself!!!

  11. Love your pictures! They are so beautiful!

  12. Beautiful pictures…. Was there four years back and it reminded me of that day… thanks for sharing them…

  13. Places I’d definitely like to visit one day…

  14. I love your photos! We did it by bicycle a few years ago – stunning stretch of road! Views that just keep on coming!
    Nate and Cait – I am sure you could rent a car for the drive, however you would most likely want to fly from the Gold Coast as the distance between the two places is considerable. Well worth it if you have the time.

  15. Wow, amazing photos and such spectacular views. I lived in Sydney for 2 years almost 15 years ago, but we never had the chance to do this drive, most unfortunately. Guess it’ll be for the next time I stop over down under! Thanks for sharing your photos – they’re incredible and it’s good to travel through the pictures! Congrats on being freshly pressed πŸ™‚

    • Thank you very much! It’s exciting. I understand never having gone while you lived in Australia. There’s so much to see and do in this beautiful country. I hope you get the chance in the future.

  16. Absolutely gorgeous! Looks similar to the west coast of the United States:
    Great post!

    • Oh yes; there are definitely some lovely drives in the U.S. One of my favorites is in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Great blog!

  17. Great photos, I am looking out my window with lots of grey clouds and rain so lovely to see sunny shots. Thank you.

  18. Lovely photos, and congrats on your freshly pressed!

  19. Beautiful pictures! Australia has been on my travel list for awhile–I can’t wait to see this for myself one day. πŸ™‚

  20. Spectacular views! I must visit in the next few years.

  21. wow estan geniales estas fotografias… me transportaron por un momento hacia la playa… que ricas vacaciones!!!

  22. Beautiful Pictures of a beautiful place. I truly must add this to the bucket list. Amazing!!

  23. Great pictures.
    What is a blog if it isn’t to help others dream? πŸ™‚

  24. Noice!!! I’d love to visit Australia and ride that road on my motorcycle one day. Bucket list just got bigger it looks like!

    • My partner also expressed wanting to go back and do it on motorcycle. Pretty thrilling, I think. I hope you get to do it. Thanks for your comments.

  25. Constance V. Walden

    Gorgeous photography. Thanks for sharing. Connie

  26. Wow. Kinda reminds me of driving on Pacific Coast Highway 1 in California.

  27. I love the ocean and these photographs capture its joyous majesty well…*sigh*

  28. Loving all your images! We agree its a spectacular part of the world. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Beautiful!! I’ve never really had Australia as one of my “must see” countries, but looking at your photos are definitely changing that and making me want to jump on the next plane there!

    • Visit if you have the opportunity. It’s a beautiful country and Melbourne is a wonderful city. Thanks for your comments!

  30. Beautiful pictures. Makes me want to visit!

  31. Magnificent photographs! The beach is an awesome subject. Did you get any sunset/sunrise photos at this beach?

    • I took a few sunset photos, but my humble camera didn’t handle them well. After a long day of driving and stopping along all the sites, we decided to check into a hotel for the night rather than drive back home the same day. We intended to get up really early and catch the sunrise over the rocks, but we were exhausted and slept right in.

  32. Wow, gorgeous photos!! A dream of mine has been to visit Australia. Haven’t been yet, but when I do (and I WILL), I am SO doing the Great Ocean Road! Thank you for taking us along for the ride! Cheers πŸ™‚

  33. i was just in melbourne to visit my daughter and made it only as far as bell’s beach. your pictures are so absolutely beathtaking and really capture what i saw. next trip the whole great ocean road for us. thank you for these.

    • Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy your time in Melbourne and I look forward to seeing your photos of the Great Ocean Road.

  34. Lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing with us. Dr. Sherry

  35. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed – awesome pictures! When my son was 8 years old, he saw a picture of the Twelve Apostles and vowed he would see them in person one day. When he was 23 years old, he did just that and said it was everything he dreamed it would be!

    • Tell your son I concur! I was really looking forward to seeing the rocks and it’s definitely been a highlight of my adventure down under. Thanks for your comments!

  36. Surreal, amazing landscape. The Apostles are incredible. I lived in Northern California for a while, and your pictures remind me of that rugged northern coast. These pictures are breathtaking, I can only imagine what it’s like to actually stand there and take them. I LOVED this…thanks for sharing.

  37. Wonderful pictures….. Oh my this is amazing, I am so jealous. I might have to convince myself to go there on day… May have to put it on the bucket list…..

  38. Gorgeous. I will most certainly be taking this trip next time I’m down under… If we’re lucky enough to have the time of course. Thanks!

  39. I really miss Australia and the people. I lived in Sydney (April 1967 – June 1968). I was there on business and came back on business in 1986. I am trying to put together a motorcycle trip to ride the parameter of Australia. You picture have inspired me even more to make it happen. Great pictures. Thanks very much for the post. I will have to give your blog a longer look. Thanks again, Ivan the Texas Rambler.

  40. best trip in my life…good memories

  41. Reblogged this on pahunter0718 and commented:
    this is beautiful

  42. Wonderful photos… I relly enjoyed them πŸ™‚

  43. I’ve been envisioning moving to and living on the Southeast Coast of Australia. Thanks for the photos, and reinvigorating my intention to get there by the fall!

  44. Reblogged this on sarahslifeadventures and commented:
    adding this drive to my bucket list. one day, i’m going to travel to australia.

  45. I definitely bet many hollywood films have their cameras near those twelve apostles..

    • Funny you should mention that! I don’t recall ever seeing the rocks in any movie. Now you’ve got me thinking.

  46. OK, how close is this to New South Wales? These formations are the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. I had to do a double take. I have friends in NSW so I’m hoping that would get me close enough for a day trip!

  47. That is just beautiful. If I ever make it down to Australia, I’m definately making it to the Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles. Great pictures.

  48. Que paisagens maravilhosas.

    Conheça o tambem tem lindas praias de Ñguas mornas e cristalinas.

  49. Absolutely gorgeous pictures!!

  50. Beautiful Photos..Stunning Landscape..

  51. Such a beautiful place. Great photos! Loved it.

  52. What a great reminder of this fabulous place I had the chance in experiencing (yes experiencing!) as the harsh weather (at the time) & the grounding sound of the waves smashing against the rocks made the whole area covered with foam with an impression of snow fall , a true breathtaking scenery.
    Great places to eat are also to be found along the Great Ocean road area as Victoria has a great sense of good and well cooked items ….
    Loved it , loved it and oh … did I say that I loved it?
    Thanks for sharing

    • It’s been a highlight of my trip. And you’re so right about the food! Thanks for your comments, Daniel.

  53. The Boyd Capital Group

    am going down under next month for the first time.

  54. Great photos! I can almost hear the silent waves πŸ™‚ really a nice break from being glued reading through mails…..

  55. Beautiful scenery love it.

  56. Love it! although it’s beautiful in winter these photos make me so nostalgic of summertime

    • It’s autumn here in Australia and it was pretty cold along the coast here when the sun went down, but the days were just gorgeous. Thanks for your comments!

  57. John Saddington

    Reblogged this on 8BIT.

  58. Breathtaking photos πŸ™‚ It makes me want to see even more of the world. Thanks for sharing them!

  59. These pictures are amazing! I’ve always been wanting to go see the 12 aphostles, congrats on a very well deserved fresh pressed page πŸ™‚

  60. These pictures are quite simply stunning, the twelve apostles almost look like computer generated optical illusions in some of the pictures. You have captured the images in an efffortless perfection.

  61. Amazing photography- you must’ve gone at just the right time. The lighting is great. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you. My favorites are the photos of London Bridge. I don’t know at what time those were taken and I love the light on them.

  62. christinakikisauer

    The photos are beautiful. πŸ˜€

  63. Cosette,
    Thank you for sharing these incredible vistas! Also I am impressed that you have taken the care to respond to all your commenters!

    • I feel that if people take the time to comment, I should acknowledge that. Comments are a fun part of blogging!

  64. Definitely on my list of places to travel to!!!

  65. I think if I visit I might never leave…

  66. wow these are amazing…… thanks for the great photos!

  67. Beautiful place… πŸ™‚
    Like this….

  68. Reblogged this on Barbara Edwards Soprano and commented:
    It was the vibrancy of the colours in this blog that caught my eye. The fact that I’d also like to visit takes 2nd place. I have never been to Australia, but with our current economic climate, I know plenty who are now living and working there. I really hope they also get to enjoy some of the sights. For the moment though, some pics will have to do.

    • Thanks for the reblog, Barbara. Australia is a beautiful country and I think there are a lot of opportunities here. There are a lot of Americans living and working here despite the high cost of living in cities such as Melbourne and Sydney.

  69. The photos of the Twelve Apostles are my favourites! I love how the sky and the ocean melts into each other and how the rocks acts like stable and calm spots amidst the rolling waves. The place looks amazing.

  70. Wow! The landscape is amazing! The Twelve Apostles, the Grotto, the Bay of Martyrs–your pictures are my first glimpse of these spots. I’ve added them to the list of places that I have to see.

  71. Beautiful objects from nature. Awesome pics!

    • Thanks! Nature at work indeed. These rocks and the landscape are always changing as the result of the ocean always crashing into them.

  72. great photos!
    thanks for sharing.

  73. gingerjudgesyou

    Lovely! I did The Great Ocean Road a few years ago. I <3 Australia, wish I lived there! Beautiful place (if you don't count all the poisonous creatures, but hey who doesn't need a little more excitement in their lives) and friendly people!

  74. Gorgeous pictures – one of my most favourite places of everywhere I have ever been. We went back to Great Ocean Road a second time, we loved it so much. We spent a year in Australia and I’d give just about anything to live there again.

  75. Reblogged this on Bloody Oath !! and commented:
    The Great Ocean Road ….. Awesome

  76. Amazing photographs! What an awesome place. You might like to check out some of my photographs: Have a good one!

  77. This is now on my “to do list” πŸ™‚ Love from Norway

  78. DYING to go here! Great Pics!!

  79. Might add this to my bucket list – incredible, thanks for sharing

    • I think the Shipwreck Coast is an excellent addition to anybody’s bucket list. Thanks for your comments!

  80. Stunning pictures! Would love to drive that road! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  81. Great photos, I don’t know what had the most effect on me – the stunning coast or seeing the steps down to the ‘Grotto’! Congratulations on FP. πŸ˜‰

    • The steps down to the Grotto and back aren’t nearly as bad as they look. Now, the steps back up from Erskine Falls, those are challenging. And thanks! πŸ™‚

  82. Reblogged this on MyDestiny2011 and commented:
    Wish I was there ~amazing & breathtaking paradise!!~Thank you

  83. Nichol Caddingham

    Reblogged this on Modern Gentleman and commented:
    Reason #148 why I must return to Australia, doing it right this time.

  84. It’s such a wonderful drive! Love all your piccys!!

    Must say, the little secluded parts make it more intriguing too!!

    • The Twelve Apostles gets tourists, but there are other less popular rock formations that don’t attract as many people. In many instances, it was just my partner and I and it was lovely to stroll along the beach together. Thanks for your comments!

  85. Reblogged this on Hodgepodge 4 the Soul and commented:
    An ocean lover’s PARADISE…true eye candy πŸ™‚

  86. Reblogged this on saif110 and commented:
    This is amazing!

  87. Australia is soooo my next vacation!

  88. Absolutely wonderful pictures! I just love the combination of the sky, the sea and the beautiful beach!! I think I should plan another holiday now~ days counting down!!

  89. I had a road trip involving Great Ocean Road during the Chistmas-New Year’s Eve holiday. But my photos are not as great as yours! You took wonderful pictures, my friend! Awesome! πŸ™‚

    Subhan Zein

  90. Great Ocean Road was one of the first things I did when I moved to Australia. It was amazing. We spent too long pausing at each site, though, so we only made it as far as Loch Ard Gorge before we had to head back to Melbourne. One of these days I’ll go the whole way. I like your pictures much better than mine, especially of the Twelve Apostles. I was there at sunset, which was nice, but not so good for getting good pictures.

  91. These photos are amazing. So beautiful.



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  94. Beautiful photos. How I wish I have enough money to visit this place. ;D

  95. AMAZING, BREATHTAKING, AWESOME Photos – thanks for sharing! Congrats on being FP!

  96. All I can say is WOW! So much beauty out there…stunning images!

  97. Stunning photos of wonderful ocean views. Thank you for sharing.

  98. I was very fortunate to visit this the country and the area around 10 years ago. It is such a wonderful road winding its way along the coastline.

  99. Reblogged to remind my family of the beauty nearby. Great photos, Thanks.

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