Great Ocean Road and Melbourne

The Great Ocean Road along the South Ocean coast west of Melbourne.

From Kangaroo Island and South Australia we headed east along the coast.  After an overnight in Portland, we hugged the coastline along the Great Ocean Road [map location]. This 243km road hugs the rugged limestone coastline of South Australia and Victoria, connecting the seashore villages along the Southern Ocean coast west of Melbourne. Read on!

Muttonbirds migrate 30,000km between here and Alaska, every year. Australia Great Ocean Road.
Seastacks along the Great Ocean Road, Australia.

It is a spectacular drive, sometimes hugging the steep hillsides that drop into the ocean below.  A large part of it passes over limestone, which is quickly eroded by the sea and leads to fantastic shapes, underground caves, arches, and seastacks.

See the photos of Great Ocean Road.


We spent two days in Melbourne, where we visited my old Dartmouth friend Catherine. 

David and his chubber friend Cathy (Burke) North, in Melbourne Australia.

We celebrated Andy’s birthday in Melbourne, with his pick of activities.  First was a trip to the hands-on science museum, then an IMAX film, then dinner at a Korean restaurant where they cook the food at your table.  He was thrilled!

Melbourne is a nice city, although we barely scratched the surface.  The business district was wonderfully walkable with many nice shopping areas.  It was one of the most multicultural places I’ve ever been, curiously, more so even than Sydney.

See the photos of Melbourne.

New South Wales

On the way back we drove the inland route to Sydney, across Victoria and New South Wales.  See the photos from Victoria and New South Wales.

Much of it is rolling hill pastures. New South Wales, Australia

Here’s a map of our driving route, 2500km.

Tomorrow we’re off to New Zealand!

This post was transferred from MobileMe to WordPress in 2021, with an effort to retain the content as close to the original as possible; I recognize that some comments may now seem dated or some links may now be broken.

Author: dfkotz

David Kotz is an outdoor enthusiast, traveller, husband, and father of three. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.

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