Virtuoso Life Australia Special Edition – May 2017 - 18
THE OUTDOOR LIFE
Just over an hour's drive southwest
of Melbourne, Victoria, is one of the world's
most spectacular coastal drives, the
Great Ocean Road, which stretches
some 150 miles. Here's a three-day plan
for taking it all in with ease.
Day 1: Dive Deep into Surfing
From the beach resort of Sorrento, hop the car ferry to
Port Phillip Bay, with dress-circle views of the cliff-top
mansions at Portsea, one of Australia's most affluent
beachside communities, and a prime position for spotting
dolphins and seals. In Torquay, Victoria's surfing capital
and the birthplace of brands Rip Curl and Quiksilver, check
out the Australian National Surfing Museum. Then head to
Bells Beach, Australia's spiritual home of surfing, to view
local pros in action. Nearby, in pretty Anglesea, scout the
estuary by canoe.
Day 2: Explore Rain Forests and Lighthouses
Spectacular curves and viewpoints provide picture-perfect
perches all the way to Apollo Bay, a seaside village and
fishing port located on a wide arc of family-friendly beach.
Here, you can set out on guided trips to the Marengo Reefs
Marine Sanctuary, surf, take stand-up paddleboarding lessons, and more. Next, wind inland through Great Otway
National Park's ancient temperate rain forests. Detour
to the coast via Lighthouse Road (where you'll often see
koalas snoozing high in the gum trees) to visit the Cape
Otway Lightstation, the oldest surviving lighthouse on
From top: Bells Beach, Great Otway's
ferny rain forest, and the 12 Apostles.
Day 3: Tall Orders
The 12 Apostles serve up a stunning finale. Wind and
sea erosion have carved these limestone cliffs into
otherworldly sea stacks. Simply point and shoot for
spectacular photos. Other noteworthy rock formations -
the Grotto, the Arch, London Bridge, and more - await
discovery here, too.
Navigate this stretch of coastal fabulousness with The Tailor, an Australian tour company that works with Virtuoso travel
advisors to create custom itineraries. For travelers with time, its five-day trip from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road
includes two nights at a wine estate, followed by two more at a luxe eco-lodge minutes from the 12 Apostles.
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