Best Photography Locations: Great Ocean Road



The Great Ocean road is Australia's most iconic and scenic road trips!

Driving along this magical stretch of bitumen is an experience that should be at the top of everyone's bucket list. The ever changing Victoria coast truly is a site to behold. This corner of the world is home to some of the most interesting limestone formations as was as some the most unique, & untouched beaches I've ever seen in my life.

After having just completed an amazing 9 day road trip with Jucy World, I've put together a list of top 10 most Instagramable spots along the Great Ocean Road. Check it out if you are currently planning your own Great Ocean Road adventure!

Twelve Apostles
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Starting this list out strong with what is undoubtedly the most popular stop along the GOR. Did you know there are actually only 8 apostles left? Due to erosion this iconic look out is always changing, but it's beauty remains. Pro tip: Visit at sunrise to beat the tour buses.

Loch Ard Gorge
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New favorite beach alert! This place is straight out of a fairy tale.

The Arch

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Another stunning natural monument...Wait until the waves crash through the arch, forming a waterfall, for the perfect shot.

The Redwoods
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Now you wouldn't expect to find a forest of California Redwood trees along the Great Ocean Road I know....But that's exactly what you'll find a little ways inland of Apollo Bay.  Once you step into forest and the silence wraps around you, you'll feel like you've been transported to some faraway place.

Bay of Islands 
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Another fantastic spot to see truly breathtaking rock formations and stunning turquoise blue waves.

Swing bridge Cafe
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You'll no doubt pass through the cute, coastal town of Lorne on your journey along the Great Ocean Road. Why not grab a coffee and a bite at the incredibly picturesque Swing bridge Cafe?

Gibson's Steps
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After climbing down an obscene amount of massive stone steps you'll be rewarded with an awesome up close & personal view of one of the majestic Apostles. Again I recommend visiting early if you're after a solo shot.

Teddy's Lookout
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A trip to the GOR wouldn't be complete if you didn't snap a picture of the magnificent road itself. The best place to truly capture it's beauty (apart from a helicopter tour) would be Teddy's Lookout. This is also a great place to spot Koalas in the wild.

For more info on things to see & do along the Great Ocean Road check out the official website, available here.

24 Hours In The Grampians | Itinerary


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If you're following me on Instagram you know I just wrapped up an AH-MAZING Victorian road trip Jucy! After spending the first 5 days of the adventure exploring every nook and cranny of the Great Ocean Road... I thought it was time to move on to a new destination. So Darrell and I decided to spend the last few days of our trip in the majestic Grampians! It was such a chill and beautiful place to end our holiday.

Breathtaking views, relaxing nature hikes, delicious restaurants & bakeries, award winning wineries...BLISS! We were both surprised to find just how much stuff there was to see, do & eat in this magical region. So, we decided to put together a quick 24 hour itinerary. Hopefully, it will be of use to you if you find yourself in this corner of the world!

Morning
  • Catch the sunrise at Boroka Lookout
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After doing a bit of googling and reading tips online we decided that Boroka Lookout was the best place to catch the sunrise. This lookout is one of the few places in the Grampians that doesn't require a lengthy walk to get to....which is perfect for early in the morning when just getting out of the bed is a struggle...

  • Head to the Balconies
If you are already at Boroka you might as well head to the Balconies given its only a few minutes away. The Balconies is another one of the shorter walks in the Grampians (30 minutes/1km).

  • Grab a breakfast pie 
Since you've had such an active morning you deserve a treat! So head over to the Halls Gap bakery and grab one of their delicious pies or pastries for breakfast.

  • Do the Pinnacles Walk
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If you only have 24 hours and want to do a little hiking then the Pinnacles walk is your best bet! There are two ways to get to the Pinnacles. The easy way is via the Sundial car park (2.1km/45mins to 1hr). If you're feeling adventurous take the Wonderland car park route. Unlike the Sundial track, it will take you through the beautiful Grand Canyon (a smaller cousin of the American one). It requires a lot of rock hopping and a little arm strength but it's an incredible sight!

Afternoon
  • Lunchtime!
Treat yourself to a delicious meal at Kookaburra Restaurant followed by a sweet treat at Coolas Ice Creamery (after that hike you've earned it!).
  • Vino & Chill 
Spend the rest of the afternoon sipping your way through the beautiful wine selection at Fallen Giants Winery.


Evening
  • Sweet dreams...
Check out Reed's Lookout (in the same area as the balconies) for sunset. Then finish up your day with a lovely dinner at The Views restaurant.

For more information on this beautiful region, check out the official Grampians website, available here. 

How To Survive Living in a Campervan



Living in a campervan has its challenges...

For starters, you're in a small, confined space. So if you've got long legs chances are you won't be able to fully stretch your legs out at night for some time (soz)...There's likely to be very limited storage space and the tiniest fridge...I could go on but I'll stop there so I don't completely scare you off...

All those things aside, the rewards that come with living on the road make it all worth it in the end! First off, you have the freedom to explore at your own pace without having to worry about getting back to your hotel each night. Home is literally where you park! Another perk is you always have everything you need with you- never need to worry if you left something back at the room. Lastly, less time spent travelling back and forth between your hotel = more time to explore. Travelling in a camper is the best way to fully immerse yourself in a destination. It's an incredible experience that I think everyone should try at least once in their life.

If you are thinking of giving van life a go, here are a few of my top tips on how to survive it!


Pack Lightly (no hardshell suitcases)

Like I mentioned before- storage space in most campervans is limited. So only pack the essentials and not too many clothes. You can always use the laundry facilities at the holiday parks. The more stuff you bring the less room you will have for drinks and snacks. So pack wisely! Also no hard shells...you'll most likely have to slide your suitcase under your bed and after a few days [or weeks] of sliding it around your beautiful hard shell will look battered and bruised. Trust me I know from experience- Save yourself the regret!



Only get enough groceries for a few days at a time

If you get all your groceries at once...for starters you probably won't have room in the fridge for it all... But you're likely to pass a bunch of yummy eateries while your on the road that you're going to want to stop at. If you eat out a few times, before you know it you'll be at the end of your trip and still have a fridge full of uneaten food. What a waste! Save your cash and only buy around 2-3 days worth of food at a time.


Stretch & breathe in the fresh air

Living in a campervan can get a bit stuffy so make sure you spend more time out of it then in it. Really the only time you need to be in the camper is to cook and sleep. If the weather is nice take out your fold-able table and chairs and eat outside. You are camping afterall!



Apps are your friend!

Lastly we would not have been able to survive our campervan experience if weren't for apps like Campermate. Before you head out on your trip I highly recommend downloading it. The interactive map will make finding free campgrounds, holiday parks, dump stations, and petrol stations near you a breeze!


Special thanks to JUCY for hooking us up with a Jucy Condo for our Great Ocean Road trip! If you are looking to book a campervan adventure check out Jucy for a super affordable range of quality rental campers, click here.