Fore­shore fun

Holiday with Kids - - Great Ocean Road, Vic -

Torquay and Al­lans­ford, but of­ten in­cludes Port Fairy and War­rnam­bool. Spread­ing the jour­ney over a week al­lows time to ex­pe­ri­ence the sea­side towns which dot the coast­line. We base our­selves in Apollo Bay, a two-hour drive from home in Gee­long, for a few days be­fore trav­el­ling on to Ade­laide.

We visit Bells Beach, home to the fa­mous Rip Curl Pro surf­ing com­pe­ti­tion, on the south­ern out­skirts of Torquay (a 75-minute drive south­west of Mel­bourne). With her brother nap­ping with me in the car, Miss two-and-a-half has her grand­par­ents and dad all to her­self and is hap­pily perched on top of the rail­ings look­ing out at the rolling waves dot­ted with surfers.

There’s plenty to do in Torquay, from learn­ing to surf with Go Ride a Wave, to vis­it­ing the Aus­tralian Na­tional Surf­ing Mu­seum, the beach cafes or the nearby Great Ocean Road Cho­co­la­terie & Ice Cream­ery. Torquay Fore­shore Car­a­van Park is the only car­a­van park on the beach­front and is equipped with pow­ered sites and a range of cab­ins. There’s also a jump­ing cush­ion, play­ground and games room for lit­tle ones to en­joy.

Mov­ing on, we pause for a mo­ment of re­flec­tion un­der the memo­rial arch sig­ni­fy­ing the start of the Great Ocean Road. Built by re­turned World War I ser­vice­men, the arch was opened in 1932 in re­mem­brance of those who died in The Great War.

On Christ­mas Day 2015, a fire swept through the re­gion de­stroy­ing 116 homes in the sea­side towns of Wye River and Sep­a­ra­tion Creek. Patches of re­ju­ve­nat­ing land­scape are still clearly ev­i­dent when we travel through. The drive to Apollo Bay hugs the rugged coast­line, pro­vid­ing one spec­tac­u­lar view af­ter an­other as we snake our way around each cor­ner. These are wind­ing roads so be­ware if you are prone to car sick­ness. The fore­shore play­ground in Apollo Bay is a hit with our young

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