A May 2001 trip
to Victoria by shaicoggins
Quote: "Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling."- Margaret Lee Runbeck
After exploring Melbourne, we were off to see other parts of Australia in the state of Victoria. Of course, the Great Ocean Road was a MUST!
Some Places to See:
- Bells Beach (for surfing afficionados)
- a seaside town called Lorne (great to stop by for a meal or just a picnic by the beach)
- Melba Gully / Melba Gully State Park
- Lavers Hill
- Triplet Falls Park
- Port Campbell National Park
Some Things To Do:
- Hike / Walk / Have a picnic at the parks
- Watch Glow Worms at night time at the Melba Gully State Park
- Stay the night at a B&B or hostel so you can take your time exploring
NOTE: Visit the Australian state of Victoria's official guide for more information.
- Try to take your time, if you are able to. If you are planning a trip from Melbourne to the Great Ocean Road, there are several places to stop by. Plan your stops ahead of time, so you can make the most of your visit.
- Don't be shy to ask the locals about off-the-beaten-track spots. We found several memorable places to visit and dine-in by checking with our B&B hosts.
The best way to see the Great Ocean Road is by driving yourself. Rent a car or a van, if you can.
If you are unable to drive yourself or you prefer not to, check out several available day or overnight tours at the tour desk of your hostel / hotel.
Most tours going to the Great Ocean Road begins in Melbourne.
The place only has three available guest rooms (queen beds, with ensuite), so it would never be too crowded. In fact, since it was off-season when we visited, we were the only guests at the time.
Apart from their hospitality and helpfulness (they gave us tips on nearby places to visit and a great restaurant recommendation), they also gave us a wonderfully memorable evening tour of the Melba Gully State Park nearby. Bob's talk about the Glow Worm colonies and the rainforest was truly entertaining and insightful.
For breakfast, we were served with eggs laid in their own backyard and home made jams, as well as other stuff from their menu. A real treat indeed!
So yes, this place definitely deserves the four-star rating they have been awarded. And then some.
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Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 4, 2003
Melba Gully Cottage Flower Farm
20 Melba Gully Road
+61 3 5237 3208
It was dinner time when we got there and the place was busy. It was a good thing that we still managed to grab a table even though we did not make any reservations.
The dining area was quaint and clean. The service was efficient and friendly. And yes, the food was fabulous! The steaks and salads come highly recommended.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 5, 2003
Lavers Hill Roadhouse and Tavern
Great Ocean Road, Lavers Hill, VIC 3238