Being steeped in history, the Great Ocean Road is also teeming with beauty. Starting just outside Melbourne and weaving and hair-pinning through gum tree forests and bushland, it eventually opens up to coastal drives just teetering on the edge of the rock face. With its many tight turns, this road is not for weak stomachs and we should warn to take extreme caution whilst navigating.
After the mega-drive comes a light at the end of the tunnel; one of the most popular natural wonders in Australia, the 12 Apostles, is found here. Endless Southern Ocean views with natural limestone and sandstone rock formations make up the Apostles, London Bridge and various other popular photo-ops. Due to the power of nature, the 12 Apostles have been the victim of erosion and are currently merely 7 towers.
We recommend hitching a ride with any one of the number of helicopter companies taking passengers over the coastline to spy on the numerous geological wonders and the ever-changing shore. On average, each heli-tour will set you back around $100more for longer tours, but we agree that it's one of the better ways to view the rocks and the entire Shipwreck Coast.
Honestly, this is one of the most magical places on earth. Sitting on a cliff with ocean as far as the eye can see, scattered with perched rock formations, had a magical, even spiritual effect on us. It's one of those destinations that opening your eyes to how small and insignificant you are in the grand scheme. In other words, the beauty is humbling.
[Photos: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]