After our amazing 2 week road trip around New Zealand, I bid farewell to Ali, who had to fly back to Auckland. My parents and I flew to Australia to drive the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Adelaide, where we would be visiting Dad’s cousins.
Upon leaving Melbourne our first stop was the surfing haven of Torquay, home to world famous brands such as RipCurl, Quiksilver and Billabong, world reknowned surf spot Bells Beach, and the annual The RipCurl Pro. It is also home to the awesome Surfworld Museum, which is recognised as “the worlds largest surf and beach culture museum, and is home of the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame dedicated to tell the story of surfing.”
As luck would have it, the day we arrived in Torquay was the first day of the Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro with famous surfers, including the likes of Kelly Slater, Tom Curren and Steph Gilmore. We decided upon a quirky surf cafe near the beach to have lunch and spent a few hours trying to identify all the hot, tanned, bleached blonde surfers.
We departed in the early afternoon and drove as far as Apollo bay where we decided to stay the night. The next day we continued on passing the most stunning stretches of coast line, amazing light houses perched on cliff tops, huge cave, sea stacks and of course the infamous twelve apostles.
I think the photos do this road trip a lot more justice, especially because the ones Mum took from the Helicopter ride: