Australia's most famous drive has not lost its appeal. While wind and water may have eroded the 12 Apostles down to seven, the famous rock formations are still a stunning feature of the dramatic Victorian coastline. Perfect for a Sunday or a weekend away, the lazy-day drive is punctuated by gorgeous scenery and stopovers at scenic towns. Leaving cosmopolitan Melbourne behind, the Great Ocean Road winds along the coast through surfside towns and picturesque settlements to end in the historic town of Portland, the site of Victoria's first European settlement. Along the way, the road passes through picturesque townships like Lorne that buzz with welcome on a weekend thanks to the myriad of trendy sea-view restaurants that lure Melbourners out of the city.
Luxury Stay. Moonlight Head Private Lodge. Located on a cliff top halfway along The Great Ocean Road, Moonlight Head is the perfect place to base yourself if you intend to spend several days exploring the area. Designed by Australian architect Glenn Murcutt, the private lodge has a full kitchen for those who want to cater themselves, and a private chef for those who want to indulge.
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