Driving along the The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia only takes a few hours, but if your like us and you love pulling over at every look out, every town and to check every wave that's breaking, you can take all day, if not two to drive it. We always love exploring this part of Australia, it really is some of the prettiest coast line you will find.
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The Great Otway National Park is just before the 12 Apostles on The Great ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. It is a perfect halfway spot to set up camp and its free (free camping = framping). The trees are a stand out with their wiry branches setting a creepy mood on dusk and the beautiful lake walks are a must on sunset.
Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, Australia is one of our favourite National Parks. It has a little something for everyone, beaches to surf, a cafe to chill at, rivers to swim in, day hikes and multi day hikes. There's loads of wildlife, your pretty much guaranteed to see a wombat if not 50, plus we've seen deer, kangaroos, emus and seal's. Its a very special place indeed. On this occasion we did a multi day hike through Sealers Cove, Refuge Cove, Little Waterloo Bay and Oberon Bay. Nothing beats the feeling of being in a place that is only accessible by foot, looking around and thinking 'I earned these views'! It doesn't take long before you've completely switched off to the outside world. Any stresses are left behind along with your phone, computer and tv. You have to disconnect to reconnect with whats really important. Its amazing what a few days of peace out in nature can do for the soul, its our therapy!
Between Mimosa NSW and Mallacoota VIC on the East coast of Australia, is some of our favourite coast and camping. Mimosa Rocks National Park is the start (or finish) of this journey, which only takes 2 and half hours to drive but with all the fun places to explore in-between we can often take a few days to do it.
Within Mimosa Rocks National Park is a secluded beach campground called Gillards Beach. It's first in first served, so you can drive around till you find the perfect place to set up. We love the sites here as they are private, most spots are separated by trees and bush and although you can still see other campers, you have your own little space to call home. It's only $20 a night and right on the beach, nothing beats falling asleep to the sound of waves breaking on the shore.
As you head South there are towns to explore such as Eden, Pambula and Merimbula and you'll be spoilt for choice as to which one to camp at. Although we prefer to free camp, we can't pass up staying at Pambula Big 4 Discovery Park. It's right on the main beach, which is a super fun surf break. So to be able to get up in the morning, take 20 steps and your at the waters edge... Surf till your hearts content, then take a hot shower. It is worth every penny!
The other great place to camp at is just outside of Mallacoota at Genoa. Before you take the Mallacoota town exit there is a reserve on the river opposite the exit that is free to camp on, however donations are appreciated. This beautiful little area was a treat to find and one we will definitely go back to.
This corner of Australia is such a gem. It has some of the most beautiful, rugged, untouched coast and all without the crowds. Every time we come here we find something new, look around and wonder why everyone isn't at this spot. But I think that's the other reason why we love it so much, it's so peaceful, you can always find a little spot to yourself and switch off.
Lorne is our favourite town on The Great Ocean, Victoria, Australia. We always spend the arvo chilling at a cafe, catching a wave and walking on the beach. The picnic spot on the hill is a beautiful place to spend the afternoon, you can have a bbq and take in a magical view of the town.
The People's Market in Collingwood is held over the summer months in Australia but when winter rolls around store holders pack up their yummy food and tasty drinks, until summer the following year. Before the packing begins, they throw one last hurrah, an awesome weekend of live music, DJ's and some of the best dumplings we have ever tasted. Yes, when we heard that this was their last weekend for the year we made sure to get there for the party. It was our city send off, some time in the big smoke of Melbourne before we hit the open road to cross the Nullarbor on our way to Perth. We will miss you People's Market, Collingwood won't be the same without you. See you next year!
While in Melbourne, Australia, we hit up the St Kilda Skate park with the crew from Salt Veins, Matt and Elise.
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To watch the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, VIC, Australia, live for the first time was a special moment in our lifetime. It is such an iconic event which we have grown up reading about and watching from afar. Standout surfers to watch were Joel Parkinson, Jordy Smith, Mick Fanning and CJ Hobgood.