Along the Great Ocean Road

Last week marked the end of my nutrition undergraduate, and the perfect excuse for a long weekend getaway. The destination was 'somewhere along the Great Ocean Road' which is just a couple of hours from Ararat, a cute little town in Victoria where my boyfriend is currently working.  

We left early Saturday morning for Warrnambool, where we stopped for a slow, but good coffee and a bacon and egg roll. 

We continued driving along the Great Ocean Road, stopping at a place called Peterborough where there is a rock formation called the 'London Arch' as it once resembled the London Bridge. Not so much anymore, but still very cool. 

Next stop was to the site of the 12 apostles where my boyfriend surprised me with a helicopter ride over the apostles! and we got to sit in the front with the pilot, amazing! 

We then continued driving for a nice place to stop for lunch, and before we knew it we were in Apollo Bay. We stopped at the Great Ocean Road brewhouse so Louis could try a local beer, and I had the pork belly salad which was soo good, but no photo because, bad lighting. After lunch we kept driving and ended up in Lorne, very ready to get out of the car. Just a note for anyone doing this drive: it's extremely beautiful but the roads are very tortuous, and if you occasionally get car sick, you are pretty much guaranteed to get it on this journey. Anyway, we stopped at the first hotel into Lorne, bought a bottle of local wine, and enjoyed the afternoon sun on the large balcony. Later on, we walked in to town and stopped at a restaurant called Chopstix Noodle Bar for dinner, I had green chicken curry and it was good! Louis had something else that was not as good. 

The next day we got up with the sun, and walked in to town for an amazing breakfast at a place called Moons Espresso Bar. I had sourdough with hummus, avocado, tomatoes, reduced balsamic and I added a poached egg, plus one, make that two, of the best coffees around. 

We took the inland route back to Ararat, which included one lane roads for a large portion of the trip. On our way back we stopped at one of the most scenic wineries i've seen called Mount Langhi Ghiran, which is just outside of Ararat. We tried a couple of wines and bought a shiraz, and then headed back to the 'rat.