23 January 2017

WAYFARING WITH COCO // THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD



I am ashamed to admit that I am yet to throughly explore - nay simply peruse the land I call home.

It is not that I find it unappealing. It's just that in the grand scheme of things to do and see, Australia has always hovered at the bottom of such lists. I won't deny that there is unmistakable beauty to behold and I am blessed with living a certain lifestyle filled with liberations some sadly only dream of. It's just that in existing here day in and day out, such beauties are obviously lost to me. Which is something which can be said for most of us when it comes to dwelling in such habits for extended periods of time. The magic is seemingly abandoned as the mundane necessities of life become more indispensable.

When it comes to my state of Victoria, there aren't exactly copious prominent points of interest that the rest of the world identifies with; unlike our nemesis Sydney. Aside from the city of Melbourne there is one other icon; one of unprocessed pulchritude, the Great Ocean Road. A purely memorable scenic route which stretches for over 240 kilometres. It is an expansive road that covers a wide berth of the western coast of Victoria, promising impeccably incomparable panoramic views of the bay while at times also nestling you comfortably through rainforest and fern tree resplendency.


There's many points of interest along the way. From its starting point at Torquay which is renowned for its surf beaches, like the acclaimed Bells Beach; notorious for surf events and competitions to thriving seaside towns abounding with tranquility. Of course the main attraction is the coastline itself, a mass of crystalline cerulean abutting limestone precipices and gossamer sandy terrain.

While our journey began at Torquay, right on the onset of the road, due to time constraints it abruptly ended at the illustrious Twelve Apostles; a site regarded by many and in my opinion one that should be a natural wonder of the world. The Twelve Apostles sit at around the half way mark of the route which concludes at Warrnambool, a town famous for its shipwrecks.



Aside from making extensive pauses to marvel at the breathtaking coastline, we managed to make a few minor stops before reaching our final destination. The first being the Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet. An icon in its own right and one nostalgic to any kid who grew up in the nineties as it served as a prominent feature on the hit Australian TV show, Round The Twist. Today, it is very much a functioning lighthouse with tours available for exploring its confines. There's also a quaint and short trail which leads you out to an observation deck, giving you expansive and unobstructed views of the surf below. Parking here may be problematic at times, as it was for us during the school holiday season. 

We also made stops at popular towns like Lorne and Apollo Bay. Again during this time of year these are notorious hotspots for vacationers creating a cacophony of vibrancy and elation. However these two towns aren't generally considered to be "sleepy" with a perpetual atmosphere of calm contrasting against the bustling and teeming of revellers and those seeking equanimity. 

We didn't get a chance to explore the Great Otway National Park, but it is worth noting. From the famed lighthouse to the rainforest and waterfalls. There's also a good chance of spotting a koala or two. The drive actually plunges you into its lush embrace of towering eucalyptus trees and coalescing fern trees. It's a luminous journey albeit peaceful one. There's also a strong probability of losing all cellular reception too. 


After narrowly avoiding car sickness through roads winding through an ancient forest, and when it feels as though you've gone too far inland the bay abruptly presents itself to you once again and the Twelve Apostles suddenly ambuscade you with their majesty.

Twelve imposingly imperial limestone colonnades formed through extensive erosion of the land, perched precariously but confidently in the ocean. Originally twelve but now down to eight with the collapsed remains of former members visibly apparent. These are formations that once accompanied the land, withered away by forceful winds and tumultuous seas. Abruptly dislocated from its former mass, giving the illusion of being forced out to sea, only to embrace such tyranny with distinction.

It is estimated that there's an erosion rate of two centimetres per year. Eventually the remaining eight will each succumb to the imperiousness sea, relentless in its forces. However given the endless cycle of disintegration, new pillars will gradually form and replace those lost to the world. Beginning with a ledge, Mother Nature expertly abrades away at its core until an archway is formed. Not content with such developments she continues forth until the delicate ties to the land are forever fragmented and collected below the surface of the sea.

It's rather a poetic journey of sorts. One that can be interpreted in numerous ways. For me I've always seen this as a love between the rock and an envious and possessive sea, desperately longing until such intemperance eventually consumes and destroys its beloved.
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  1. same, dear :D

    this place is aboslutelly amazing. OMG!

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  2. Nice photos, I'm mesmerize by the view!
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  3. That coastline is breathtaking indeed, Sonia. Thank you for sharing these fantastic shots. As someone dying to see Australia someday, this kind of posts makes me want to go even more! And "our nemesis Sydney"...LOLZ....

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    1. I hope to see you down here one day hehehe. And yes, the rivalry is fierce xx

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  4. How amazing! I love how you described the journey at the end of the post. Beautifully put and so true.

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  5. the view is absolutely gorgeous! love how the corrosion adds character to twelve apostles. truly breathtaking! :)

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  6. Wow, amazing pics Sonia and wonderful place!!!
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  7. The views are simply breathtaking! I would die to see this place.

    ANOUK

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  8. These shots are beautiful!! Looks like an amazing place to travel to. I need to get here sometime!

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  9. Oh wow, what an amazing road trip. I love road trips and LOVE your photos.

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  10. Your photos are so crisp and so serene... seriously, I am in love with your eye for photos!!! <3 <3 <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  11. These photos are stunning. You must have needed a telephoto lens for these. Nature is so beautiful sometimes. And I totally get the car sickness on winding roads. When I was young, we drove through a Hawaiian rainforest and I totally got sick on myself haha. Glad to hear you avoided it!

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    1. I actually brought the wrong lens with me! I ended up bringing my 22mm by mistake. Fortunately these photos turned out great (conditions were more than ideal too) xx

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  12. Oh you got such beautiful photos! It was raining when I went and I didn't manage to get very good shots but I loved the experience all the same - it's a long trip but worth it, as you pointed out there are so many places to stop at along the way and it's breathtaking once you're there. I'd love to go again one day :)


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    1. It's always been fairly downcast whenever I've gone too. That day there was a massive downpour in the morning which we thankfully missed xx

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  13. Wow this is soooo gorgeous! Thanks for sharing babe. Makes me want to go on a road trip so I can just spend a few days with nature! xo, sharon

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  14. Wow breathtaking pictures Sonia! Such a beautiful coast! Thanks for sharing! ;)
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  15. These photos are truly breathtaking! When we went to Australia, I wanted to visit the Great Ocean Road but unfortunately, with the limited time, we weren't able to go. I'm living vicariously through you though!

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    1. Awww what a shame! It is a fai lay big trip but so worth it. Maybe on your next outing over here xx

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  16. Great post and amazing place. Love these pics.
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  17. Such a beautiful place! These landscapes are breathtaking!

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  18. I'm amazed by these landscapes!

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  19. This is such a pretty place. So tranquil and beautiful.

    Gemma x
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  20. Fantastic post, I very like it :)

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  21. Amazing views!! New pillars will definitely form, such is the cycle of life. This place is breathtakingly beautiful! I relate to how you feel about exploring Australia. I see tourists pouring into SF and having lived in this city for decades, I haven't even scratched the surface of what it has to offer shame on me. We are always looking elsewhere.

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  22. Sonia, you captured the landscape so beautifully. It's gorgeous! I think we all take for granted where we live. We should all explore our "home". There's so much to see.
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  23. I love these shots- you've captured the spirit of the place beautifully! I need to see this in real life- ROOOOAD TRIP! :)

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  24. Australia is the only country my dad loves with all his heart and according to him, if he ever wants to get out of Nigeria, it would only be Australia and no other place.. He loves the fact that its surrounded by water.

    Beautiful pics Coco. Really cool. I feel like i am in the pictures.


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    1. Awww how sweet. Does he travel here often? You should join him hehehe xx

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  25. I have always wanted to visit Australia and this just looks amazing. I was worried when you said that the sea will eventually erode away all Twelve Apostles but pleased to read some new ones will form. It would be such a shame to lose such a wonderful landmark :) x

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    1. It is sad and hopefully they won't disappear for many more generations to come xx

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  26. What a gorgeous place. Isn't it funny how we don't always explore our home cities? I'd love to visit here!

    Annessa
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  27. omg some breath takin photos I think id cry if I was there nature makes me emotional lol I cant go beach without crying while looking at the sea. dunno why man Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Happy New Year to you and your family!! Dominica from London, www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk xXx

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    1. Awww I'm a fairly emotional person myself so I totally get you xx

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  28. Wow this place looks amazing and your photos are incredible!

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  29. what a beautiful place!

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  30. Great photography here!! Nature is so beautiful and God is wonderful. Wow!!

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  31. Fantastic post and the photos are truly breathtaking. I really hope to visit Aus sometime soon!

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  32. Amazing post, I have wanted to visit Australia for ages, I have family there but the long flight has always kept me away, these pictures are so beautiful and wild looking, it's so sad that the sea is taking 2cm a year of such beautiful rocks and I love the poetic description you gave!

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    1. You must come one day. It is a long flight, but us Aussies are used to traveling for hours on end xx

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  33. I saw this place a loooooooot on pinterest instagram, etc.
    Definitely something I'd like to see one day :)*

    Great post and amazing picture :)

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