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    Great Ocean Road: Australian surf, koalas and apostles

    Great Ocean Road: Australian surf, koalas and apostles

    Snaking along the southeast coast of Australia, the Great Ocean Road is one of the most famous roads in the world. Tourists go there first to see the 12 Apostles, amazing limestone towers, but come back charmed by the trip.

    The departure is generally from Melbourne, although the 250 km road officially begins an hour later, near Torquay. The beaches of this small town are ideal for taking a surf lesson. The less adventurous will prefer to watch the surfers further on Bell's Beach. This is where the oldest surfing event in the world is held each year.

    Second stop: Lorne. Take the opportunity to jump into the crystal clear water, then walk in the forest to Erskine Falls. Before leaving, head to the Teddy Lookout to admire the coastline.

    Be on the lookout while driving, it is not uncommon to see koalas in trees and echidnas on the roadside.

    The trip between Lorne and Apollo Bay is spectacular, but very winding. Road signs remind tourists that "in Australia, we drive on the left". Stand for it! Once this step is completed, the famous Apollo Bay Bakery scallop pies are a must.

    The road then leaves the coast to sink into hilly terrain and then into the rainforest. To stretch your legs, the landscaped Maits Rest Trail allows you to walk between gigantic ferns and observe birds that are not found anywhere else in the world.

    Back on the coast, the 12 Apostles are waiting for you. These limestone formations, which are in fact only eight, attract millions of visitors from around the world each year. Admire them from the belvedere or sky, by helicopter.

    Before heading back or continuing on the road to South Australia, stock up on local produce at Timboon Railway Shed Distillery.

    It is possible to make the return journey from Melbourne to the 12 Apostles in one day, but you will need two to avoid being in a hurry. As the road is very popular, it is better to visit during the week, in the spring or in the fall, to enjoy the weather while avoiding the crowds.

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