8. Great Ocean Road, Victoria Australia
I love a road trip and this was the best one I have ever done. Me and a friend rented a car in Adelaide and had 4 days to drop
it off in Melbourne.
After a long 6 hour drive through the boring fields of South Australia we reached our first destination, Grampians National Park. The great
thing about being a traveller is you get to these places when everyone else is at work, so on a Wednesday at 3pm we had the whole park to
ourselves - we saw one couple in the 3 hours we were in the park. That's what made this place so special, so often are places ruined by the
hundreds of tourists. We slept in the car that night to save money and when the sun began to set all the wildlife in the park came out. Honestly
we must have seen 200 kangaroos that evening.
The next day we drove from the Grampians to Port Campbell. After driving though the Victorian bush you reach Warrnambool and join the Great
Ocean Road. This section of the Great Ocean Road is home to some of the most impressive limestone stack formations in the world, the most famous
being the Twelve Apostles - they take your breath away.
The final stretch of this epic coastal road was probably my favourite. The stunning road winds around the coast, cutting into the cliff,
not only making it one of the most scenic roads in the world, but also one of the most fun to drive. The day was mainly spent at lookouts, there
are plenty of them on this road. We made a stop off in the Great Otway National Park and saw at least 20 wild koalas - we got there at the
perfect time, in the late afternoon, the only time they are active.
We really didn't want to give the car back the next day.
I highly recommend hiring a car at some point on your backpacking trip - it gives you so much more freedom.
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