I decided to drive down to Melbourne from Adeleide taking the Great Ocean Drive. It is one of the best road trips I have ever made. It’s a life time opportunity. A friend of mine told me to travel by road if I wanted to see Australia.
Before I left India, I received confirmation from my host that I can drive in Australia on my Indian driver’s license. They drive on the left side as we do in India and all vehicles are right hand drive. After sharpening my driving skills on the Adeleide roads, I was sure I can independently drive without harming any Kangaroos crossing the roads.
The car rental executive was waiting for me at 8 am with the keys and documents. He took a photocopy of the driver’s license swiped the credit card and wished me a safe journey. The Vehicle a Hyundai SUV (most of the cars have automatic transmission) purred as I engaged the car into drive mode. After setting the GPS, I was ready to take the journey to Melbourne via The Great Ocean Drive.
The Great Ocean Drive is an Australian National Heritage stretching 243 kms along the south eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. The road was built by soldiers between 1919 and 1932 is dedicated to the soldiers killed during the World War I. Believe it or not, the road is the world’s largest war memorial.
The beauty of this drive is it passes winding terrain along the coast with an access to some of the prominent landmarks which include the Twelve Apostles, the natural limestone formations.
Even after 75 years, the road is as good as new.
The Great ocean Road Marathon, a 45 km distance was run first in 2005. The current marathon record as per the published record was run by one James Kipkelwon of Kenya in 27 minutes and 42 seconds.
The Twelve Apostles : Port Campbell
Otway Rain Forest Layers & Skywalks
Mount Gambier : The Blue Lake
A night halt at Warrnambool. The place I stayed is a camper’s paradise. Have a look.
Next morning after a sumptuous breakfast, loaded the car with luggage without realising the flat tyre. One call to the car rental company, in half an hour’s time, the on road rescue vehicle came and fixed the tyre in no time. No questions asked. And I was back on road once again.