The Great Ocean Road (GOR) drive wasn’t on my original itinerary because of the long hours on the road. We are talking about 4-5 hours on the road with multiple stops, whenever necessary. With essentially (only) about 5.5 days in Melbourne, I wasn’t too keen on spending so much time on something I thought was not exactly kids-friendly and possibly too tiring for the driver (aka the Husb) who was not likely to get much rest on the flight. The husb, however, insisted that no trip to Melbourne would be complete if we didn’t do the GOR and see the Twelve Apostles. So we went and as it turned out, it was one of the best bits of the trip for us!
Based on what V shared on our Petite Traveller‘s blog, I planned the GOR drive to Port Campbell on our first day of Melbourne, booked ourselves a farm stay at Macka’s as a pit stop before heading to the Twelve Apostles the next morning.
First stop was the supermarket at Werribee Plaza, where we could get milk for the kids and food stuff for our breakfast on the second day at the farm. At this point, I’m glad to update officially that I no longer have to travel with formula milk! WOOHOO.
And we were all set for our long drive!
The kids caught up on sleep, while I tried hard to keep awake to accompany the Husb.
After an hour or so on the road, we finally caught glimpses of the ocean. There were several spots that allow cars to stop along the way, so we went to admire the view while the kids were snoozing in the car.
The cub woke up soon after and joined us. It was so much more fun to share such beautiful sights with our babies! No wish-you-were-here moments, but we had some wish-you-were-not-sleeping moments especially for the lil’ dragonlady on this trip!
With showers of blessings and beautiful sun rays shining across the skies, we were lucky to encounter several rainbows on our GOR drive.
After about 2 hours of drive, we stopped at Lorne Beach Pavilion for lunch. The food was pretty good and the view from the restaurant just makes everything taste even better.
Headed to Macka’s Farm next for our first night of stay in Melbourne.
Our lodge was spacious and well-equipped. The farm owners kindly provided us extra beds for the kids, who didn’t appreciate the gesture and squeezed with us on the queen-sized bed.
We headed out for dinner since there was not much to see or do on the farm at night.
A short drive away from the farm is Nico’s Pizza and Pasta at Port Campbell. Excellent casual Italian food here!
The next morning, the cub was excited to go check out the animals again. Got his Daddy to go with him while I stayed in with the lil’ dragonlady who was sleeping in. The cub had such a wonderful time getting up close with the farm animals – he made friends with a jack russel, got to feed the alpaca and even milked a cow! Looking at how much he was enjoying the whole new experience sure made the stress of me being surrounded by cats (somewhat) worthwhile!