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To the Great Ocean Road! Part I

Phew! One day of organizing yesterday’s photos and I’m still not done! I’ll be dividing the Great Ocean Road trip photos in two parts as well, just because there are so many photos that are worth sharing.

Last year, right after my graduation, my mom asked me to choose whether I’d like to join her and my aunt on a tour to the Great Ocean Road. I passed, thinking I didn’t need to watch more “nature” after several tours the previous days and weeks. Instead, I went round the city with a friend to watch a movie…

Well, there’s a good reason when they say that you need to go to the Great Ocean Road once you’re in Melbourne. The view is just… breathtaking! This tour is a very long one, consisting several stops – with gorgeous scenery at each.

We first went to two stops to view the seaside and a lake, but the best bits started from the third stop, near Split Point light station, with several lookout points nearby.

The Split Point lighthouse. Built it 1891.

May not look like it, but I was standing at a lookout point high above sea level. The sea was gorgeous. That’s the Eagle Rock behind me. This was the best spot near the lighthouse.

There was an apostle and what I assumed a collapsed one, in the picture right above. Weather wasn’t so great. It was crazy misty, but it was so refreshing to stand against the cold wind after a hot day. On the way to the car after this stop, we couldn’t even see the light station so clearly anymore.

Here’s a video of the spot:

Next, the Great Ocean Road memorial arch!

The statue signifies the returned soldiers of the First World War, who built the Great Ocean Road – an initiative by the government to help them continue living life after a huge loss – at least 60,000 soldiers were killed and 130,000 wounded after the war. In order words, the statue symbolizes sacrifices made by those killed in the war. How do I know? There was an information board right beside the statue.
Our next two stops involve rocks and waves.

Had to take shoes off!

So I did something very smart and climbed up the rocks near the waves. This is no beach, it’s really deep below. One big wave hit my spot and my legs were wet. If I had stood any further… Okay, that’s another story. See the video I took before that:

By now the weather’s gotten hotter, which meant better pictures!

Now that is gorgeous!

Another rock. This picture reminds me of elves. Still misty weather ahead!

Our second last stop – a place with several lookout points, separate by long walks. You gotta LOVE this place – it’s HUGE and gorgeous!

That’s the London Arch. It’s eroded limestone, causing the rocks to form an arch (well, like London Bridge), but parts of it fell down years ago. Here is another view of the rock.

The shipwreck area, where the Loch Ard sank. The sinking of the ship from England in 1878 was one of the worst in Melbourne’s history. There’s also a grave sight for those who died, but we didn’t visit that one.

Apostles on another lookout point. Very ethereal!

And very surreal!

The next part will feature our final stop – the famous 12 apostles, taken near sunset. Be prepared for more gorgeous sceneries – I’ll also add more tour infos for those who are heading to Melbourne. Hope you guys enjoyed the pictures!

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    Aliyah Zambri
    November 23, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Hi. New follower to your amazing blog. Kudos,love. You’ve done a good job of meshing fashion and personal issues <3

    Anyway – Breathtaking.
    Ireland’s cliffs would’ve been a great contender to the G.O.R but the weather’s always gloomy so photos don’t do them justice at all =(

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    November 23, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    again.. gorgeous place! MashaAllah..

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    MuNsYi SaMa
    November 23, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    u should be very careful climbing those rocks.very nice pics btw.

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    Shahrysham Kamran
    November 23, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    breathtaking photos!

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    November 24, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Masya Allah cantiknya!

    Love your outfit, as usual! 😀

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    November 24, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    @Aliyah Zambri Thanks Aliyah! I can imagine how gloomy the cliffs are during winter… It’s great that you’re in Ireland though, the lush forests can never beat the bushy (and almost naked) Aussie outback 🙂

    @Kiera Kan? The whole time I kept ont hingking, “God is great”.

    @Munsyi Thanks. Noted!

    @Shahrysham It was a breathtaking view 🙂

    @Reena Thanks Reena 🙂 Honeymoon sini *wink*!

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    Muhammad Idris Ismail
    November 24, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    You missed Cape Otway Lighthouse! On the way there, you can spot many hibernating koalas. And there are few gorgeous waterfalls along the way too.

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    November 25, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    I think we did. Waterfalls would have been awesome!

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