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The Twelve Apostles – Guardians of the Great Ocean Road

 

Fantastic,
lovely, amazing, stunning, spectacular and unbelievable! The words keep going
like footsteps on a treadmill that never seems to stop. 

They describe the views
and the landscapes along the Great Ocean Road, considered to be one of the most
beautiful coastlines in Australia.

It’s early in the morning and the sun hasn’t yet risen
from the dark night. I’m in Melbourne outside St Paul’s Cathedral, next to
Federation Square and Flinders St Station. Around me I have other excited
travellers and backpackers who are waiting for their buses to arrive. The bus
that I’m waiting for is Australian Wildlife Tours, which will take me on a three-day
trip along the Great Ocean Road and then on to the Grampians National Park.

 Buses come and go to pick up the people to take them
away from Melbourne. Daylight arrives and suddenly my bus does as well. Finally
the journey to the Great Ocean Road and to the Grampians will start. But is it
really that great as everybody says? It’s a mission for me to find out.

 A unique
tourist attraction

The Great Ocean Road is a 243 kilometre long road
along the southeast coast of Australia, stretching from Torquay to Warrnambool.
It opened in 1932 and today it’s considered to be one of the most spectacular
coastal drives in the country. Along the way you can see native birds, koalas,
kangaroos, rainforests, beaches and cliff formations. The most stunning of
these are the Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks rising out of
the sea that have been formed by erosion over many centuries.

A living
book

The bus is a bit smaller than general and the number
of the passengers increases to fifteen people. The nationalities vary, as do the
ages of the group members. I can easily lean back and just go with the flow
because the tour guide has everything planned. We also have two nights of
accommodation, two breakfasts, one lunch and BBQ included in the price. As a
lone traveller it’s very convenient not having to plan and think for a couple
of days. Our expert tour guide is a living encyclopaedia and has an answer to
everything regarding the views, landscapes, climate, history and activities of
the tour.

300 camera
shots

The sky is clear, the temperature mild and it’s the
beginning of autumn. We make a lot of stops along the Great Ocean Road and
there are plenty of opportunities to catch the best picture of the day. The
stop at the Twelve Apostles (which are actually seven) was definitely the
highlight of the trip for me, surpassing all my expectations. Like statues they
stand mighty in a row rising from the deep blue sea. With their commanding
presence I like to think of them as the Guardians of the Great Ocean Road. After
taking at least 300 shots with my camera we move on towards our hostel in
Warrnambool where we check in for the night.

The next two days can be summarized as a fully packed
schedule with a good mix of activities and experiences. The best parts for me
are meeting the kangaroos, viewing the Mackenzie Falls and the cave paintings
of Bunjils and doing the great walk to the pinnacle of the Grampians National Park.

Combine
Adelaide with the tour

By doing this tour you can also choose to continue to
Adelaide or go back to Melbourne. If you’re planning on visiting Adelaide this
combination is a perfect way to save both time and money. When lunch on the third
day is finished I have to say goodbye to the group members who are going on to
Adelaide. It’s a sad moment because in just three days we’ve started to establish
the feeling of a family in our group. According to our guide this is a common
phenomenon, especially on the three-day tours.

It’s actually difficult to describe the Great Ocean
Road and the Grampians National Park just in words and pictures. You need to
see them for yourself. One thing is for sure. If you want to experience
nature’s majesty, learn more about Australian history and climate and perhaps
make new friends then you should definitely go for this tour along the Great
Ocean Road and to the Grampian’s National Park. The next important question is
what words will you use to describe
what you see?

 

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Along the Great Ocean Road with Australian Wildlife
Tours’ awesome bus.

 

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The Twelve Apostles are breathtaking.

 

 

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G’day mate! Deep discussions with an
Australian resident.

 

 

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The Grampians offers
spectacular stone formations,
hiking and Australian animal life.

 

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We made it to the summit of the Grampians.

 

 

Our huggable tour guide Wookie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Erika Nilsson-Waara