Oprah says goodbye to Australia and the 12 Apostles

December 17, 2010

12 Apostles form the air - Great Ocean Road

View from a helicopter - the 12 Apostles

After a nine day whirlwind trip of Australia with 300 of her closest friends that included the Great Ocean Road, Oprah left Australia today with a big smile on her face.

Although the queen of talk did not personally travel to the 12 Apostles, nine chopper loads of her guests did and were lucky enough to witness one of Australia’s great icons. Afterwards they lunched at the beautiful seaside town of Apollo Bay.

I just hope that their tour across Australia and to the Great Ocean Road does not give a false impression to our international guests. It is a LARGE country and nine days simply cannot do it justice – especially for the Great Ocean Road.

Whilst the 12 Apostles is a highlight of a tour from Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road region has so much to offer that was missed by simply flying in and flying out. It really is only part of the story.

Don’t get me wrong, helicopter flights over the Port Campbell National Park are stunning (and is an optional extra on our one and two day Great Ocean Road tours from Melbourne) but the journey along one of the greatest coastal touring routes on the planet and the variety of landscapes and wildlife you encounter along the way are not to be missed!

It’s a long way in a day to see it all – and it can be done – but to fully appreciate it, at least two days is recommended to experience the incredible variety this  region has to offer. Even better when you take a tour from Melbourne so you can simply sit back and enjoy the stunning views instead of having to keep an eye on the road the whole time! The temptation in driving yourself is to keep going to see what’s around the next corner – you could very easily spend most of the day in the car wiithout stopping to actually enjoy it! Quality bus tours will make sure you see the very best and at the best times (wildlife does not keep to a schedule!)

Oprah’s guests had a wonderful time at the 12 Apostles and Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road and it was obvious that many were  clearly moved by the awe-inspiring sight of the12 Apostles. No matter how many tours I take of the Great Ocean Road, I never tire of coming over the top of that hill and seeing them burst into sight.

A lot of  ‘icons’ have a tendency to disappoint when you see them in real life – The 12 Apostles is not one of them.

Let’s hope this ‘whirlwind’ visit encourages many more of our international friends to visit this wonderful corner of the earth. But please, take your time – just to tour the Great Ocean Road region from Melbourne really warrants at least two days!

One Comment

  1. Posted June 5, 2013 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    Driving along this road you will see some of the world’s best coastline. Views along this road also include the stone monoliths of the Twelve Apostles and remnants of Old London Bridge.

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