Melbourne is a beautiful place but if you get the chance to leave the city for a few days, go and explore some more of Victoria. Stu and I rented a Jucy campervan for 5 days so we could drive the famous Great Ocean Road and go and see some wildlife on Phillip Island.
The Great Ocean Road goes all the way to Adelaide but the standard tourist route stops not long after the Twelve Apostles. We drove from Melbourne down to Lorne on the first day. All of the little towns along the route are pretty similar but Lorne is my favourite. The beach is really pretty and it’s really close to a waterfall called Erskine Falls – well worth a visit!
Every town has campsites so you don’t have to book anywhere in advance. We tended to pay between $20 and $30 a night which seemed reasonable to us.
We camped near the Twelve Apostles on the second night so got to see them both at sunset and sunrise. They rocks change colour at these times so it really is the best time to go and see them. The campsites by the Apostles (in Princetown) are home to some wild kangaroos so it’s amazing to be camping next to them.
After our roadtrip we drove to Phillip Island to see the world famous penguin parade. Australia is home to the little penguin and you can watch hundreds of them come home from a day at sea on Phillip Island. We loved watching the penguins walk up the beach and back to their nests. They have to build up the confidence to come out of the sea so they keep running in and out until one penguin is brave enough to make a run for it. The penguins are extremely shy so no photos are allowed and you have to keep very quiet.
Phillip Island wildlife park is a great little place to go in the day. You get to walk around with kangaroos, wallabies and emus and feed them. The wallabies even hold your hand whilst eating – so cute! The park has tons of other animals in enclosures including wombats, dingoes and koalas.