|Self-Driving Holidays The Great Ocean Road (B100) | Torquay - Anglesea - Split Point Lighthouse|
|Sunday, 27 November 2011 00:00|
Live up to its name, The Great Ocean Road is the God's masterpiece, one of the grandest treats from nature. Featuring a breathtaking sight that took hundreds of years in the making, this is an epic road that I have every reason to visit and you have every season to experience.
A stretch over 243 km hugging affectionately to Southern Ocean, The Great Ocean Road runs on the east southern coast from Torquay to Warrnambool. Also known as Surf Coast Highway or B100, it was built after the World War One (between 1919-1932), partly to provide employment to the service men returning home. Over a hundred ships had sunk in these areas in the past. The locals called this coastline 'Shipwreck Coast'.
In the 17 degree Celsius dawn, the land was a-washed in mist with hardly any cars in sight along the freeway. The flat landscape along the Princess Freeway extended and disappeared into the mist as if a cruise into a mystical land. Not till an hour later, the first rays of sun peeked, set the mists a-glow, cityscape cleared with sight of some hot air balloons dotted the skyline of metropolitan. We then passed
Geelong, heading on to B100!
Fisherman's Beach in the town of Torquay was our first destination. Torquay is the gateway to The Great Ocean Road from the east. Known as Australia's Surf capital, Torquay is a popular holiday spot for surfers. Nonetheless, there was no soul that dared brave the freezing water in the cold morning. The breeze sent goosebumps into my flesh as I got out of the heated car. I was greeted with a long lonely stretch of
beach, clean water and huge waves pounding on the sands and rocks. Serene and beautiful.
About 16km away from Torquay is Anglesea, another well-known surf beach for the folks at Melbourne and Geelong. The mesmerizing ocean view signaled us to take a couple photos at Guvvo and Hutt Gully beach.
Not too far after Airey's Inlet, we stopped and walked along the cliff to have a look at the Split Point Lighthouse. This was erected during the old days to warn passing ships of the dangers near the coast. The area has become the Eagle National Park in recent times.
Lookout here on the upcoming holiday towns at Lorne and Apollo Bay with tips on fantastic lookout points!
Torquay - The gateway to The Great Ocean Road from east/Melbourne.
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