Great Ocean Road

As you might have seen on my Instagram, my partner and I just spent a long weekend discovering parts of Great Ocean Road.

We picked the car up after a longer breakfast Saturday morning (Hot tip: If you pick the car up from outside the city centre you can save hundreds of dollars), and after stocking up on the essentials (Chocolates and chips) we were on our way.

Our first stop was Torquay. We had a quick walk around but as the weather was shocking (Velcome to Victoria!) we quickly decided to do most of the sightseeing from the car. Next on the list was the popular surf beach, Bells Beach.

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From there on we drove without a plan. Everything was stunning and we decided to stop wherever we wanted to. That worked in my favour as we drove past a chocolate factory (WITH FREE SAMPLES!!!!). We stopped at most lookouts we drove past, incuding Anglesea, Aireys Inlet and Lorne.

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Cold and wet after walking in the rain all day, we decided to check in to our studio apartment a bit earlier for a bubble bath and champage. We stayed at Sea Zen in Wye River. About halfway between Melbourne and the Twelve Apostles, the location was perfect for us and the apartment ticked all the boxes.

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Next morning we were up before the sun (Or at least we thought we were. Turned out we had just another very grey day ahead of us…) and off to the local cafe for what we’d heard would be the best coffee on the Great Ocean Road. The coffee wasn’t too bad and the food was okay, but what really did blow my mind away was their Polish Doughnuts!

From there we started our drive to the famous spots along the Great Ocean Road (See this post ). As the day before, we stopped everywhere we saw something interesting. It caused a bit of an argument when I suddenly yelled STOP and my boyfriend hit the breaks thinking it was a crisis. It was sort of a crisis, the clouds broke and it created the most perfect light and we just happen to drive past a lookout.

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Alure Stanthorpe

Combine remoteness, nature and wildlife with the luxury of hot showers, gourmet food and soft beds? Let me introduce you to glamping! Glamping per definition is luxurious camping, but at Alure Stanthorpe it’s so much more. A private hot-tub? A built in fireplace? Luxurious bedding, soft bathrobes and matching slippers? I dare say this tent is better equipped than most hotels I’ve stayed in!

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The tent is a safari tent imported from Africa, with a built in kitchen and bathroom. The property is over 50 acres big, and with only one tent and two villas you get privacy like nowhere else. As impressive as this sounds, I haven’t even told you about the highlight of the stay, the sunrise!

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Rise and shine! The sunrise is spectacular, and you don’t even have to leave the bed for it. And can I fancy you a breakfast basket with fresh bread, apple juice from Suttons Farm, jam from Jamwork Stanthorpe and home-made cereal? And the best part about it all? Your own coffee machine in the tent for unlimited cappuccinos!

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Spend all day in bed, take a few walks around the property and say hello to the animals. Head to Girraween National park to explore granite rock formations and spectacular views, or go wine tasting from one of the many wineries in Stanthorpe (You absolutely have to go to Ballandean Estate Winery, They make my favorite Rosé and although I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, the barrelroom diner looks divine!). There’s something for everyone in Stanthorpe, and it’s a reason why we keep coming back for more!

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The stay was sponsored