May
30
2013

Park in profile – Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces, Victoria

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / Victoria /

PARK IN PROFILE: Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces, Victoria Where: 311 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, overlooking beautiful Bass Strait and close to great swimming and surf beaches. Website: http://pisces-holiday-park.vic.big4.com.au 10 words or less: Super coastal drive, cliff-top ocean views, hit the waves. The lowdown: After grabbing your Melbourne campervan rental head south past Geelong and onto the Great Ocean Road for one of the most scenic drives the state of Victoria has to offer. Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces is set at the foothills of the Otways on a beautiful hillside. The park offers a quiet and relaxing base for exploring the Great Ocean Road’s many surfing hotspots. Surfing novice or champion of the waves, there’s a beach along the Great Ocean Road to suit every experience level. There are several excellent surfing schools that operate year round while those who prefer to sit back and watch the experts at work can plan a trip over the Easter long weekend to…

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Mar
30
2013
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Shush don’t tell Destination Secrets – Victoria – Bellarine Peninsula to the Great Ocean Road

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Victoria /

If you’re visiting Victoria or just looking for a great day or weekend away from Melbourne there’s plenty of places to visit just a stone’s throw from the city. Here’s our collection to tackle with your Melbourne Car Rental from the Bellarine Peninsula to the Great Ocean Road….. Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale How Far: 105km south-west of Melbourne (90 minutes) Getting there: Across the West Gate Bridge on the Geelong freeway and continue down the B110 Bellarine Peninsula Highway Point Lonsdale sits at the head of Port Philip bay on the edge of the Rip, the Bay’s narrow entrance. This quiet unassuming seaside town, has family friendly bayside beaches whilst on the surf back beaches there are amazing rock pools to swim and explore in and miles of empty beach to get lost on. Off-beach there’s plenty to do including tennis courts and a shopping strip with cafes, super-market, surf shop and restaurants. 2 Holiday parks in Point Lonsdale offer…

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Apr
25
2012

Campervan cruising down Great Ocean Road … with all the bells and whistles

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / Victoria /

THE refreshing breeze off Bells Beach blew through the back door of my campervan and I couldn’t help but smile with a big appreciation of another beautiful view. After picking up my Melbourne campervan rental, the drive to the majestic Great Ocean Road was only about 112km from Melbourne. As rewarding as the drive was, the real bonus was about settling in for some great surfing in a beautiful setting along the coastline. It was so easy to look down to the beach and watch the surfers running to the waves to compete in the Rip Curl Surf Pro at Bells Beach. I have never attempted surfing in my life but, this is a sporting event that must be experienced and I would highly recommend working something like it into your travel itinerary when on any road trip in Victoria. Sinking my feet into the sand, I secured a front row position to watch big names such as Kelly Slater…

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Mar
29
2012

Pick up a car rental and go cruisin’ with your pooch

By Australia / Brisbane / Cairns / Gold Coast / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / New South Wales / Queensland / Sydney / Victoria / Western Australia /

WANTING a road trip and accommodation for the whole family, four-legged friends included? Gone are the days when pet-friendly accommodation consisted of mildew walls and flea ridden couches, or when you had to re-mortgage your home to pay the kennel to keep your beloved pooch fed, watered and entertained. These days, there are a range of pet friendly holiday accommodation options that will ensure fun for all the family, two and four legged creatures alike. With pooch in your Gold Coast hire car, head for the hinterland and beach all rolled into one in the beautiful areas surrounding Byron Bay. Nestled on the exclusive Tallow Beach, Puri Pantali House affords absolute beachfront location in luxury Balinese style.  The house has four bedrooms, each with ensuite, catering for up to eight people comfortably.  Open plan living and a kitchen complete with state of the art appliances will ensure you feel right at home.   A private salt water solar heated pool will…

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Jan
09
2012

Drive from Melbourne to Portland to chase some ‘fin’ – Bluefin Tuna, that is

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / Victoria /

CRUISING around in your Melbourne car rental to Victoria’s hotpots can always be broken up with a bit of activity on the water whether it be a river, creek or the mighty ocean, so I recommend you pack your rods. Let’s start with the Great Southern Ocean. Just saying the name sounds impressive enough but when considering the idea of tackling it and chasing Bluefin Tuna, I feel it is always worth going with someone who knows the ocean like the back of their hand. I will always recommend you take a professional charter especially in waters that are very unpredictable. It was only the day before that, in the same region of these very same waters, they landed a 140kg tuna. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t? But it was an extremely impressive catch. In the past two years as we have travelled Australia filming our TV show The Great Australian Doorstep, I have slowly tried to educate…

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Sep
26
2011

Discoveries Down the Great Ocean Road

By Australia / Great Ocean Road /

One of Victoria’s most popular and most written about Car journeys is the Great Ocean Road. Officially starting at Torquay and finishing at Allansford the road is just over 240 kilometres long and includes some of Victoria’s premiere attractions. For our Trip we picked up a hire car in Melbourne through DriveNow (that’s the Ubiquitous plug out of the way) and headed south down the freeway to Geelong about 60 mins away. We decided to make the outward journey down the Great Ocean Road and cut inland for the return trip via the Princes Highway. First piece of advice – if a fellow traveller is prone to car-sickness have them sitting up front – the road and journey whilst stunning does weave, twist and turn! Tip Number two – if travelling down the road during the summer, expect to take your time, it’s a popular spot. Our first stop breakfast at the Arab Cafe (in our humble opinion the best…

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Jun
02
2011

Great Ocean Road & The Grampians – Victoria driving holiday itinerary ideas

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Victoria /

The Great Ocean Road region hugs the contours of Victoria’s rugged south west coast and offers visitors one of Australia’s greatest and most spectacular coastal drives. Start your journey in Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula and discover beautiful beaches, great eateries, a fascinating heritage and an enormous range of recreational opportunities from fishing and golfing to diving and surfing. Take in the colourful and lively ambience of bayside Geelong, Victoria’s second largest city, or visit quaint Queenscliff and discover the town’s rich maritime history, excellent restaurants and heritage hotels. Along the coast, seaside resort towns such as Lorne and Apollo Bay are the perfect base for a seaside escape. They offer stunning beaches and water sports as well as some of Australia’s best rainforest scenery in the nearby Otway Ranges. One of the most visited stretches of the road is Port Campbell. Buffeted by wild seas and fierce winds, the coastline around Port Campbell has been sculpted over millions of…

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May
27
2011

A beauty by the beach on Great Ocean Road

By Australia / Great Ocean Road / Melbourne / Victoria /

Barwon Heads was next on the agenda for the Everitt clan and it was an easy 90-minute road trip from Melbourne or if you are coming along the Great Ocean Road in an Adelaide campervan rental then its only a 20-minute deviation from Geelong. Barwon Heads is the most beautiful beachside village you are likely to see, especially in Victoria. There’s a tonne of beach for everyone to enjoy, including ocean, river and estuary – you name it, they have it. The Barwon Heads Caravan Park was built on multi-million dollar land which runs right along the river/estuary. There are a stack of powered sites right on the water’s edge plus they have spacious villas up on the hill with outrageously great views from their deck … and the couch. The park is massive with its own footy field in the middle, so no whinging kids here! Barwon Heads thrives on the tourism trade, with great little knick-knack shops and,…

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