TeePee Tours - The Great Ocean Road Adventure
Updated: Dec 22, 2018
So as I have previously mentioned in my blog, part of a working holiday in any country is the holiday part! As a rule I take my own good advice, therefore I booked myself a tour to see the Great Ocean Road. The Great Ocean Road is a coastal road built between Melbourne (Torquay) and Adelaide (Allansford) by soldiers who returned from the First World War in 1919 - 1923 as a memorial for all those lost. It has a number of beautiful beaches, stunning settings, and plenty of picture perfect locations some of which I was able to visit on this Tour.
TeePee Tours describe themselves as a tour for backpackers by backpacker and I have to agree. Appealing to my internal event manager, these guys balance the importance of seeing some of the highlights of the Great Ocean Road with a relaxing atmosphere; if there is one thing I hate, it is organised 'fun'. This tour felt less like a tour and more like a road trip with new friends.
These tours run from Melbourne CBD three times a week by two local guys (Andrew and Adam) who have been backpackers themselves who wanted to share the best of their state and country to other backpackers. When you book onto this tour, which I highly recommend that you do(!), Andrew will tell you the amazing story of how this little tour came to be.
So we were off! Heading down the Great Ocean Road, our first stop was a tourist must have. A picture with the Great Ocean Road sign. PSA! Make sure you check out for traffic here! It makes a great picture but not if you aren't here to share it with people.
After a quick stop for this memorable photo opportunity, it was onward to my first ever surfing lesson on the amazing waves of Torquay. It is safe to say that surfing is another sport/activity that I have not quite mastered; please see the evidence of me looking like Jesus Christ on a surfboard below. Even after two hours of surfing, and failing, this was my best attempt. I might not have mastered the art of surfing but it sure was fun to try out; being someone that was never one for sport, I have found water sports to be one of my favourite energy outlets. Until next time, when I'm sure I will become a pro-surfer.
Another thing most travellers love about Australia is the indigenous wildlife that calls this country home. TeePee Tours took us to a great little stop where we got to see cockatoos, king parrots, and even a koala sleeping in a tree. I would highly recommend making a stop or two in locations like this to see the wildlife in its natural habitat but if you aren't keen on birds - maybe skip this stop! They are all very friendly!
The Twelve Apostles
Possibly the most recognisable tourist spots on the Great Ocean Road, The Twelve Apostles are, now only, eight limestone stacks which stand in the ocean off of the coast by Port Campbell National Park. This area of natural beauty is the result of centuries of erosion of this coastline and, in my opinion, look a lot like many parts of coastal England - particularly Cornwall.
Loch Ard Gorge
Loch Ard Gorge is one of the most #nofilter sights that I have ever seen. I mean, check out that view <-.
Unlike a lot of small beaches in tourist hot spots, like the Great Ocean Road, when we visited there was a modest amount of people. It wasn't completely empty but it was still quiet enough to enjoy taking in the view.
Whilst I didn't get the chance to explore the cave down at Loch Ard Gorge, for any adventurers - or if you are just a Curious George like me - it would be great to see at low tide.
The only thing I was super sad about is neither Jacko or Riley joined us. That's right - this road trip has doggo's!
Maybe next time guys!