Easter holidays Trip ... Great Ocean Road

Top of any list of great Australian drives is Great Ocean Road.

Built between 1919 and 1932, the cliff-hugging road was hewn from the rock by 3000 returned World War I soldiers using picks, crowbars and shovels to help ‘restore’ their jaded war nerves. They dedicated the 14-year project as a memorial to their colleagues who died in the war.

Great Ocean Road starts at Torquay ends at port fairy, total stretch 289 km.

Day 1 (29/03/2013): Arrive Melbourne, stay & visit locally, unwind, relax, pubs, bar etc.

Day 2 (30/03/2013): Drive Great Ocean road & check places as mentioned below and stay last stop, unwind, relax, pubs, bars etc.

Day 3(31/03/2013): Departure to Sydney.

Places to see:
1.Torquay : Bells beach. Rip curl Pro & quicksilver fashion brands were born here so worth seeing official merchandise shops. Surfworld museum, dedicated to the art and culture of wave riding.

2. From Torquay head south along what is known as the ‘surf coast’ through Anglesea

3. Stop at Aireys Inlet and drive up to the lighthouse to peer down at the surfers below and snap a photo of the endless coastline.

4. Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch – another good place to snap a souvenir photo.

5. Take a break in one of the seaside cafes at Lorne and browse through the many boutiques that line the main street and stretch the legs at Erskine Falls

6. Apollo Bay is around an hour’s drive from Lorne, and pull over at Cape Patton Lookout for a stunning view and yet another great photograph.

7. The dense rainforest of Otway National Park. A must see attraction on this stretch is the Otway Fly, an elevated boardwalk through the rainforest canopy 25 metres above the ground.

8. Cape Otway Lighthouse, dodging ambling koalas as they cross the road and take a tour of this magnificent 1848 lighthouse. The views from the top are impressive.

9. Great Ocean Road’s famous cliffs and the famous 12 Apostles in Port Campbell National Park.

Transportation: TBD (flight or by road)
Flights: Return fare is $ 200 apprx pp
Car hire in Melbourne for great ocean road trip if going by flight: $ 40 pp apprx
Road: Return fare is $ 100 apprx pp or on actual.
Need 2 drivers / car and max 4 passengers if going by road and cars to be in fairly good condition considering long drive.

Accomodation: TBD ( camping or hotel / motel)
If hotel: $ 75 apprx pp on sharing basis.

Other costs: Food + tickets to parks, spots+ otway fly etc on actuals or sharing at the spot.

Need to book air tickets & hotel stay early in advance for discounts.

Only RSVP if you are 100 % sure you can make for this trip.

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  • Akhil

    Hey fellas, just found this!! Is this still happening? If yes, lemme know - I am interested and can help in arranging. Can drive and have a Car, in case the plan is to go by road! Cheers

    March 16, 2013

    • Parikh

      Yes akhil v r going . Can I have ur no. Pls

      March 16, 2013

    • Akhil

      Hey Parikh - its[masked]!! Call/Text me anytime after 10 tomorrow!! Cheers!

      March 17, 2013

  • An

    Guys is this happening? We are moving closer to easter. We need to plan soon.

    March 14, 2013

  • Amrita

    Hey guys, I'll be driving up with a friend but we're still not conformed. :( I'll let you know asap! Also if we go we'll probably stay until Monday night.

    Great that you're confirmed Anj!! :)

    Parikh, we had the suggestion of perhaps having a dinner tied up with the Melbourne Indian group; what are your thoughts on that?

    March 11, 2013

    • Parikh

      Tapan n Abhaya have still not RSVP for this trip.

      March 11, 2013

    • Amrita

      Ok, once we get some more #'s maybe we can plan a weeknight dinner and go through it. I'm also waiting for final confirmations from my lovely friend.

      March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys, as fun as this sounds, I have to decline I am afraid. I will be working most of that weekend as well! Have a fab time though!!

    March 12, 2013

  • Anjali B.

    I am finally confirmed :) Have you had any more thoughts on how we can get there? Road trip sounds good....can we hire out a mini-van or something?? I'll probably be getting a flight back on the sunday though. So, do you think this trip will go ahead?? Do you need any help with anything, let me know. :)

    March 11, 2013

    • Parikh

      Anj hiring a mini van is a good idea , saves your car wear n tear as we will be clocking more thn 2000 Kms . V have got 3 conf RSVP till now. Just wait till 14th to confirm this

      March 11, 2013

  • Parikh

    Guys would really appreciate if we have few more confirmed RSVP's so that this trip can be planned !!!

    March 8, 2013

  • JD

    Hi Parikh, I have always wanted to visit the Great Ocean Road becuase if its stunning views and scenery. Funny though I have been in Autsralia all my life but never been out there to those beautiful places. Unfortunately, I will be working during the Easter holiday..(yeah..i know this sucks!!). Hopefully will join you another time for a great roadtrip. Enjoy yourselves!!!

    March 8, 2013

  • Manasi

    Sorry guys..I would've loved to go, but looks like I'm heading to my motherland around that time

    March 7, 2013

  • Parikh

    Tapan .... ???? I thought u will b the first one to RSVP ... :)

    March 5, 2013

  • Amrita

    I'm in and bringing along a friend who couldn't make it to our lunch!

    March 5, 2013

  • Tasneem

    Hi Parikh.....sounds really like a Kewl trip. My Mom will be visiting us around that time so am a bit undecided at the moment. What is the last date till when I can confirm?

    March 5, 2013

    • Parikh

      15 days from now.. but have to lock the transportation & stay in advance.

      March 5, 2013

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