There’s no better starting point for a world-renowned drive than in a world-famous city. This special journey begins in Australia’s culture, coffee, food, fashion and sports capital Melbourne.
Lorne’s beaches are waiting to be watched and the area’s surfers are waiting to be watched. A sandy stroll is a must. Further down the road, a pulled-pork burger at Wye General Store & Café awaits, followed by an adventure at nearby Kennett River where you can spot koalas in the wild, napping in the tops of trees
Can’t miss stops down the path include Apollo Bay, which is affectionately known as “Paradise by the Sea.” And Cape Otway, known for its walkable rainforest that reaches to the shores of the ocean. A visit to the Cape’s centuries old lighthouse leads to a picturesque coastal scene, perfect for the camera-totting traveller.
From Cape Otway, drive to the famed Gibson Steps: where a staircase down a cliff leads you to a scenic beach. From there, you can see two towering limestone stacks named Gog and Mago from seal level. Just a few few minutes’ away by car awaits the 12 Apostles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in these natural wonders on foot or on a helicopter ride that soars above the cliff-lined coast.
Your next destination: the Grampians– a scenic mountain range, with dazzling views waterfalls that beg to be photographed. Inside these ranges are stunning Aboriginal rock paintings that connect visitors with Australia’s long history.
Next to the Grampians National Park is the tasty town of Halls Gap, which is known for its local food scene. Sheep milk cheeses, home-grown olives and refreshing craft beer are just a few of the town’s delicious items to consume.
Next up is the goldmining town of Ballarat, just about 90 minutes by car. Sovereign Hill, is an homage to this region’s past and features a 25-acre former gold mining site, that includes period-dressed actors to give visitors a feeling of immersion into Australia’s goldrush history. For a unique experience, take a journey underground with an unforgettable mine tour.
The nearby Ballarat Wildlife Park, hits the checklist of all Australia wildlife: giant turtles, wombats, koalas, lizards, Tasmanian devils and, of course, kangaroos.