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Family Road Trip: Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island

Over the past 7 months I have been very privileged to travel and explore a number of beautiful countries and locations. However, sometimes you forget that sharing these experiences with the people you care about makes them even more worthwhile. The past few years when living in Scotland, with balancing completing my postgraduate degree and working in Stirling, I struggled to find the time to see my Mum and Dad for more than a day or two here and there. 
I am so grateful for them flying to the other side of the world and travelling parts of Australia with me. These are memories I will cherish forever! Take a look at the videos shot from two of our road trips in Victoria.

Great Ocean Road

The start of the Great Ocean Road is 103km from Melbourne’s CBD. It is well worth the 90 minute drive from the city along the M1 Freeway Extension. Once you get to the start of the route it is a 243 kilometre road stretching between Geelong and Portland, connecting a number of gorgeous coastal towns. When exploring the area top destinations to consider include: Bells Beach, Torquay, Lorne, Erskine Falls, Apollo Bay, Anglesea Golf Course (to see kangaroos) and the 12 Apostles. 

Don’t rush your visit! You can drive the length of the Great Ocean Road in one day but there is so much to see and do in the area so take your time on the route! 

Phillip Island 

Just a 90 to 120 minute drive from Melbourne, Phillip Island is a must do when visiting Victoria! We only spent a day exploring but you could spend a couple of days discovering the beautiful coastline, awesome towns and animal sanctuaries.  

At the Koala Conservation Centre there are over 20 koalas in the sanctuary, and with raised boardwalks, you are bound to see a few! They are such cute little creatures. Phillip Island is also known for its gorgeous coastline, so head to the little town Cowes and towards the Nobbies Centre to see some of the beautiful beaches in the area.

We finished our day at the penguin parade and it was an amazing experience to see the Little Penguins coming in from a day at sea. It was even more incredible to see them waddling up towards their beds for the night. In the video above you will see the beautiful scenery at the location of the Penguin Parade, however you are not allowed to film the penguins. The penguin footage in the video is from our trip to St Kilda to see the colony there. Red torches are used to see the penguins, as it’s believed that Penguins don’t see the red spectrum, so these torches don’t bother the little guys and gals.

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