Wow did I just love this trip!! I did the 3 day/2 night Great Ocean Road and Grampians with Bunyip Tours and it couldn’t have been better. Our trip started early in the morning and everybody in the bus was still a little bit quiet and sleepy, but that changed pretty soon as we got to know eachother. We had people from all over the world (Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, USA, England) so it was nice mix of backpackers. Our first stop brought us to Torquay Surfcity (home of Rip Curl) where everybody got loose on the discounted surf accessoires.
Then the Great Ocean Road could begin! The road is scenic with a lot of beautiful beaches. Our first beach was Bells Beach, with turqouise water and white sand. Our group started to bond and it was the beginning of my three best days in Australia so far. Together we checked out villages like Lorne and Apollo Bay and we climbed up to the firehouse to enjoy a perfect view. The weather was great all the time and I already started to get a tan
At the middle of the day I had my first encounter with wild koala’s. They were just sleeping and being stoned high up in the trees, but it’s amazing to spot these Australian animals in the wild! After taking many photo’s we continued with the rainforest walk. Our guide, Duncan, told us everything about the trees and the way they grow, which was really interesting. At the end of the day it was time for the famous Twelve Apostles (rocks that stick out of the ocean due to erosion). Actually there are only eleven apostles left, because the ocean distroyed the other one and a lot more will be destroyed because of the soft limestone. It is beautiful to see what the sea is capable of and it makes you feel just one tiny little piece in this amazing world.
The first day of the Great Ocean Road was perfect and so was the night. We camped in tents and had pizza’s on the beach and played drinking games. The group became friends and the night was sweet.
The second day we woke up early to see the beautiful coast in the morning light. We saw the collapsed Harbour Bridge, played bingo in the bus and enjoyed the view of Warnambool, Tower Hill, a dormant vulcano. We entered Grampians National Park and viewed an informative video about the different view Aboriginals and scientists have on the creation of the Grampians. We stayed the night at the Wilderness Lodge, which was the perfect Australian picture for me. Nobody around for miles and kangaroos hopping at your doorstep! Our guide made us kangaroo beef and Australian burgers with mashed potatoes and spinach. After dinner we sat around the campfire, played songs and watched the many stars in the sky.
Day 3 it was time for me and two other girls to go quadbiking. Steve, the owner of the lodge, did a great job on explaining how to quadbike and we had 30 minutes of practicing before going ‘into the wild’. We tried different kinds of surfaces, experienced how fast a quad can go and drove up to our knees in the mud. We played around for almost two hours while kangaroos were watching us. If you are going to the Great Ocean Road, this experience has to be part of your trip, it was just so awesome! We left the Wilderness Lodge at 10 in the morning to have a look at the Mackenzie Waterfalls and to view other lookouts. Then it was time so say goodbye to our amazing group and tourguide Duncan drove off to Adelaide with a few people, while others went back to Melbourne. Thanks to the group and tourguide, this trip will always stay in my memory and I can recommend the 3day tour to everyone who’s out here!
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