Today on Postcards the team head to one of Victoria’s favourite travel destinations: the Great Ocean Road. Starting the journey near Apollo Bay, Lauren Phillips enjoys an incredible platypus encounter, Glen Moriarty takes a bird’s eye look at the Otway Fly, Shane Crawford goes eco-friendly at one of Australia’s best Eco lodges, and Giaan starts on the Great Ocean Walk, then checks in to accommodation with a view.
Marengo Bay, Point of View and La Bimba
If you’re travelling the Great Ocean Road, make sure you bring comfortable shoes. You won’t want to miss the spectacular views from the 104 kilometre Great Ocean walk, a truly spectacular journey on Victoria’s stunning west coast. For the ultimate accommodation, book a stay at Point of View, a collection of five villas perched on the hillside overlooking Apollo Bay. Each couples-only villa has stunning views of the ocean from almost every window.
There are also plenty of great places to eat in the region. Lively La Bimba has an Iberian style dining room with art covered walls, and the views are great too.
25 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay
Ph: 03 5237 7411
Rotton Point House and Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
At Johanna Beach on the Great Ocean Road, you’ll find luxurious Rotton Point House. The house has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, floor to ceiling glass windows, polished concrete floors and designer furniture. You can arrange for a chef to cook up a treat with fine local produce, or to really unwind, let the in-house remedial massage therapist work a little magic on you.
Not all the beauty along Great Ocean Road comes with ocean views. Detour inland to a whole new world. Otway Fly’s Treetop Adventures is a must do if you’re seeking serious fun. Spend a couple of hours or a whole day. The Otway Fly Zip Line Tour is a series of cable spans linked by cloud stations attached to trees high above the forest floor. It’s by far the most exiting and educational way to see and learn about this magnificent area.
Holiday Great Ocean Road
Ph: 03 5237 1098
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
360 Phillips Track, Weeaproinah
Ph: 03 5235 9200
Chris’s Beacon Point, Lake Elizabeth paddle with the Platypus
One of the most renowned eateries in Apollo Bay is Chris’s Beacon Point Restaurant. Nestled in native bushland, high in the Otways, it’s become a mecca for gourmet travellers. The recently refurbished on-site accommodation has a fresh beach feeling. Choose to stay in their king and queen studios, or a villa that sleeps up to 4 people.
Complete your stay with an early start and you may be lucky enough to meet Lake Elizabeth’s resident platypus. Venture into the tiny town of Forrest to meet up with your Otway Eco Tours guide for an early morning paddle.
Chris’s Beacon Point Restaurant
280 Skenes Creek Rd, Apollo Bay
Ph: 03 5237 6411
Platypus in the Wild Tour Otway Eco Tours
Ph: 03 5236 6345
Eco Lodge, Great Ocean Walk, 12 Apostles
The Great Ocean Walk gives you a backstage pass to the great outdoors. Along the way, you may choose to camp, or lap up some luxury with a stay at Great Ocean Eco lodge. The architecturally designed building is made with mud bricks and recycled timber. Stays include a continental breakfast and you can also order up a picnic basket to keep you fuelled for a big day of walking. Discover pristine bushland, lush rainforest, secluded beaches and dramatic cliffs, on your spectacular coastline walk. The grand finale of the Great Ocean Walk is the magnificent 12 Apostles – your best reason to keep up the pace.
Toast to the Coast & Great Wine Pour
More than 25 wineries will showcase their cool climate wines in a weekend of sensational food, wine and music fun at this year’s Toast to the Coast and Great Wine Pour.
Where: Great Ocean Road
When: 3–4 November
Wangaratta Festival of Jazz
If you’re heading to Wangaratta in a couple of weeks time and love jazz music, don’t miss the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz.
Where: High Country
When: 2–5 November
Myer Spirit of Christmas CD
Myer’s annual charity CD – The Spirit of Christmas – will soon be in store. It features artists such as Delta Goodrem and Justice Crew, with all profits going to the Salvation Army’s children and youth programs.
When: In store from 4 November, 2012