Day 03 was undoubtedly the highlight of our stay in Victoria. The Great Ocean Road Drive – something we were all looking forward to even before we commenced our journey. The 200 odd kilometer drive from Warrnambool to Queenscliff was absolutely picturesque. With the lush Port Campbell National Park on one hand and the pristine coastline on the other, the drive is definitely one of the most spectacular in the world. Limestone formations like the London Bridge, Loch and Gorge, Blowers Hole and the world renowned 12 Apostles are definitely a great photo opportunity, and the best way to capture images is by taking a chopper ride over the rugged coast. The mighty formations standing tall amidst the ocean, the flawless beach, the froth of the waves and the opulent ocean collectively make a picture that one frames in their mind for eternity. Dotted with numerous small towns like Lorne, Apollo Bay and Torquay, the region personifies an easy way of life. Open air cafes, bistros, boutiques, motels and B&B’s, the life here is to die for! We boarded a passenger ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento. An hour later, we arrived at a place which definitely features on my list of immigration destination options! A local favourite in the Mornington Peninsula, this beach town is ravishing! Stretches of flawless white beaches, crystal blue water and colourful beach shacks, Sorrento caught my attention almost instantly. Besides being famous for surfing, sailing, fishing and other water related activities, Sorrento is also known for its trendy stores, gourmet restaurants, vineyards and strawberry fields! Ladies, for those of you who are looking for a chic haircut, locals in Sorrento are borderline fanatical about hair!
On day 04, we were scheduled to visit the Phillip Island. A popular weekend getaway for families, couples or friends travelling together, it’s got something to suite every visitors taste. From koala conservation centres, penguin viewing stands and grand prix circuits to stylish restaurants, local pubs and bowling alleys, the island will not disappoint you. We headed back to Melbourne on day 05. After having dropped off our cars and checking into our hotel, the evening was ours to explore Melbourne in our own way! This cosmopolitan city has a fervent love for art, culture, food, wine, fashion and of course sports! The grandeur of the Flinders station, the lively buzz at the local bars, pubs and the legendary Crown Casino, the swanky boutiques and street stores, our Friday evening in Melbourne was racy!
Dramatic as I might sound, leaving Melbourne on day 05 and travelling to Sydney left me with that hollow feeling at the pit of my stomach! The region was just so me – well trimmed green parks, a blend of Victorian and modern structures, the intertwining trams, the chugging of trains the peaceful river, Melbourne is a city you can’t get enough of!
Story by Devanshi – Beacon Team.