The artistic city of Melbourne
During our stay in Melbourne we visited the main attractions in the city such as the Queen Victoria Market, the Central Business District (CBD), the Federation Square, the Shrine of Remembrance, the Olympia Park and the beach St. Kilda. Melbourne is a very cultural and artistic city. Some people say it is the most European city of Australia. Various graffiti artist have coloured the walls and some really good street artist cover the city in music. It will never get boring in Melbourne. As some of our friends from Newcastle were also staying in Melbourne at the same time, we met up for one night to spend some time together and explore the harbour area by night. Across the harbour, there are fireworks going off every 30 minutes, which is a fascinating spectacle in the dark.
Above Melbourne’s CBD
Rolling on the Great Ocean Road
After exploring the city of Melbourne, we picked up the car for our trip on the Great Ocean Road up to Adelaide. I hired the car and was the driver. We got the rental car from Britz. For the first time driving on the left side, I had to go out of a car park in the middle of the CBD. It was quite confusing for me to drive the car out of the busy city centre on the other side of the road then the one I usually drive on. But I can say that I managed it quite well and got used to driving on the left side of the road quickly. We drove towards Geelong and from there onto the Great Ocean Road. The cliffs at the Great Ocean Road are stunning. The whole road is built directly next to the ocean. There are many places to stop and to take pictures. On one beach, people built stone formations by stapling different sized stones onto each other.
The highlights of the Great Ocean Road are the world famous “12 Apostles”. This is a massive stone formation in the ocean. When we arrived, the weather was quite stormy and a thunder storm was coming up. This made the landscape even more scenic. On the way to Adelaide, we mostly slept in Airbnb rooms. Airbnb is a website where private people can rent private rooms for short-term (if yu don’t know that already ;)). We had an awesome Airbnb close to the city Portland. It was located in a rural surrounding close to a lighthouse. We were very lucky, as there were two koalas sitting in a tree in the garden. It is very rare to see Koalas in wildlife.
Heading towards Adelaide
The following day, we continued to drive to Robe, a small costal city where we stayed in a Motel. This was our last stop on the way to Adelaide. All in all, it took us 5 days to drive the 1000 km from Melbourne to Adelaide.
Arriving in Adelaide, we had to return our car. We spent our last night in a hostel in Adelaide. Making the most of the time in Adelaide before we flew back to Sydney, we explored the city centre.
The two weeks of our mid-semester break was full of adventures. We saw many places in a low amount of time, drove over 3000 km and saw nearly the whole south of Australia before the winter arrived. It was a great experience and you should definately do this road trip if you haven’t done it yet.