Melbourne: The Twelve Apostles at Great Ocean Road

Hope I didn’t bore you too much with my Melbourne trip haha! Lots of things to share! smile

The Twelve Apostles is a major attraction in Great Ocean Road. According to the Australians, currently there are only 8 apostles left but the name Twelve Apostles still remains as a significant identity to the attraction. We dropped by at Lavers Hill for a quick lunch and took some photos before moving on to the destination.













A coffee a day keeps the cold away. Hehe! smile

It wasn’t planned but we decided to try out the 12 Apostles Helicopters since I haven’t been on a helicopter. We paid about AUD140 for a 15 minutes ride. A tad regret not trying the hot air balloon. Oh wells. An excuse to go Melbourne again! bigsmile

The flight was um… scary. uneasy It was raining the whole day and we could feel that the wind was making the heli sway throughout the flight. But I gotta admit it was all worth it though. smile The 12 Apostles, London Arch were all in perfect view. heart






Happy Boss smile





We climbed, walked and got caught in the rain just to catch a glimpse of this beautiful scenery. The hours and hours of drive is totally worth it. The lovely breeze and beautiful ocean view was spectacular. Listening to the waves crashing along the coast is extremely calming, soothing and makes me forget all my worries. Such a pity that we had to leave early as it started to pour heavily. We made our way back to our cottage and called it a day. And so… our adventure continues to Melbourne City.

The Twelve Apostles
Great Ocean Road & Booringa Road, Princetown VIC 3269, Australia
www.visit12apostles.com.au

Check out my other posts on Melbourne:
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heart Melbourne: The Twelve Apostles at Great Ocean Road
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Melbourne: Johanna River Farm and Cottages at Great Ocean Road

Experiencing a farm stay was at the top of my to-do list during our trip to Melbourne. Being a city girl all my life, I was looking forward to it. I did my research and my initial choice was Bellevue Farmstay which had positive reviews and the location is more accessible. Unfortunately, it was fully booked and so we went ahead with Johanna River Farm and Cottages! smile

Driving up to the farm is no easy feat. The farm is located in an extremely secluded area, UPHILL! We missed a few turns before spotting the farm’s signage. As far as I can remember, we drove for nearly 4 hours. We were being greeted by the owner Helen and her friendly dog Zac upon arriving at the farm.








We managed to book The Acacia, a one bedroom cottage with a spa tub. We paid AUD450 for 2 nights stay. Checking in was a breeze. Helen shared with us a list of restaurants to check out and recommended a few places of interest for us. Even though they provide free WiFi, we couldn’t access it at our cottage. The cottage is located at the far end of the farm, overlooking a small lake. The view was magnificent! It’s a pity we couldn’t catch the sunrise or sunset in time. Even though the weather was super chilly, we enjoyed the entire experience. We cooked our own meals, started our own fire, admired the cuteness of the sheep & llamas, lazed around checking out the scenery and explored Great Ocean Road. A total bliss. smile Before you begin planning your farmstay, here are some simple tips from yours truly that you may wish to know.

Do Research in Advance
Having limited mobile data kills. I guess we are too reliant on our smartphones nowadays haha! Do your research in advance and find out the nearest store to stock up on food and drinks. You might need it.

Wear Comfortably
Please do, for the shoes as well. You don’t know what you’re gonna step on since there are no lightings lol. The animals roam everywhere and their faeces are everywhere as well. And I don’t think you wanna get insect bites yeah? Stay warm too.

Stock Up
On food, the more the merrier! We struggled during the first night, thank god we had chips, noodles and some drinks. Don’t go hungry.

Relax & Enjoy
Self explanatory. That’s what a farmstay is supposed to be right? smile

Be it homestay or farmstay, I’m glad that we’ve experienced both! bigsmile Here are more photos taken at the farm!










Johanna River Farm and Cottages
420 Blue Johanna Road
Johanna VIC 3238, Australia
www.johanna.com.au
www.facebook.com/Johannariverfarm

Check out my other posts on Melbourne:
heart Melbourne: Road Trip along Great Ocean Road
heart Melbourne: Johanna River Farm and Cottages at Great Ocean Road
heart Melbourne: The Twelve Apostles at Great Ocean Road
heart Melbourne: Traveling to Melbourne City
heart Melbourne: Hopetoun Tea Rooms in The Block Arcade
heart Melbourne: Puffing Billy Steam Railway
heart Melbourne: Top Paddock and 400 Gradi
heart Melbourne: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
heart Melbourne: Coldstream Brewery
heart Melbourne: Domaine Chandon & Sky High Mount Dandenong
heart Melbourne: Phillip Island – Koala Conservation Centre & Penguin Parade
heart Melbourne: Rosebud Pier & Mount Martha
heart Melbourne: Apollo Bay Bakery
heart Melbourne: Apollo Bay, Loch Ard Gorge & Twelve Apostles
heart Melbourne: Patricia Coffee Brewers
heart Melbourne: 5 Reasons to Visit South Melbourne Market
heart Melbourne: Adriano Zumbo Macarons
heart Melbourne: Beautiful Street Art at Hoiser Lane