A seemingly gentle breeze softly envelopes your face and body, while flowing through the soft locks of your hair as miles and miles of paved asphalt ticks by, with only the tunes from your radio keeping you company for what seems like an infinite drive across an unending road. Your travel buddy/partner/family sitting right next to you, playing some game on their phone to pass the time.
This pretty much sums up the quintessential aspect of a great road trip — the drive itself as well as the company, of course.
And when you bring up great road trip routes, an accompanying image of magnificent landscapes on one side and an equally enchanting ocean horizon on the other comes to mind.
More particularly, coastal roads are some of the best options to experience a truly wonderful drive. Plus, you get to experience the wonderful experience that a travel photographer’s lifestyle entails!
Melbourne’s Great Ocean Road
Amongst the world’s many, many top postcard-worthy coastal routes, Melbourne’s own Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic, as well as being the most well-known in the country. This century-old stretch of gravelled path spans a whopping 243-kilometre stretch along the southeastern coast of Australia, beginning from the Victorian city of Torquay and ends in Allansford near Warrnambool.
But mere gravel isn’t all there is to the Great Ocean Road in this popular city in Australia. The lengthy road also serves as one of the world’s largest war memorials that were built by the returning soldiers from WWI in dedication to their fallen comrades. Nowadays, the Melbourne Great Ocean Road is more synonymous with tourism as it has morphed into one of Australia’s most popular touring routes which attract visitors in the millions each year (pre-pandemic) — which makes this one of the best locales to take your travel photography lifestyle on the road (pun intended).
It’s certainly easy to see why.
Winding through the ever-changing terrain along the coast-side offers one an unfiltered access to several prominent landmarks and tourist attractions in Australia. Of note, there are several attractions — ranging from the au naturel to tiny, charming townships to even a national park — that warrant a visit, even if it means you have to take a detour from your initial route.
For instance, you may make a slight turn into a narrow road to arrive at Bells Beach or Aireys Inlet at the beginning of your journey if you’re a beach aficionado or surfing enthusiast. Otherwise, the lux brilliance of the Split Point Lighthouse in the aforementioned Aireys Inlet also makes for an excellent backdrop for a spot of night photography if you’re into that. And if you’re a history buff, be sure to visit the Memorial Arch to pay tribute to the efforts of the Australian war veterans of the past who paved the way (quite literally) for the wanderlust journey you’re taking today. For nature lovers, the Great Ocean Road offers green pastures in the form of several monumental natural landmarks including the likes of the Twelve Apostles, Lord Ard Gorge, London Arch, the Gibson Steps, the Grotto, and the Port Campbell National Park.