THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD, MELBOURNE
If any of you have been blessed enough to have visited Big Sur, then expect Melbourne’s Great Ocean Road to have similarly rugged coastlines, majestic rolling hill, and in the words of my significant other —and for those of you old enough to know when Apple was still merely a fruit— “Windows XP vibes.” But whereas the breezy drive to Big Sur is not too difficult of a drive, the drive from the Victorian city of Torquay to Allansford is a different kind of windy. As in over- 1600-turns-hope-you-didn't-eat-that-hamburger-one-hour- ago windy. So be sure to self- medicate and pop those motion sickness pills before hitting the road. Another uniquely singular feature about this coastline is that the landscape changes in a way that will ensure that you will never tire of snapping photos. Prepare to be mesmerized by coastlines of subtle gradations of green and blue, shimmering emerald blues and green sea foam that recedeto sandy white beaches and camel-colored striated rocks. Just when you don't think it can get better? The landscape is dotted with silhouettes of families and surfers with the single goal of catching some waves. It really doesn't get much better than Australia.
If you’re short on time, then you can make your way over to tourist central. The 12 Apostles are giant limestone formations that emerged out of the Southern Ocean and decided to stick around. Borne out of Mother Nature’s hand and the crash of waves and wind against what used to be inland cliffs, these columns are a clear testament to the relentless forces of nature over time. Only eight of the twelve apostles are still standing, and at the rate they're disappearing, no one knows for how much longer. At this point, probably only photos will do this road justice.