Australia – The Victorian Coastline: Guest Post
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When the very thought of travelling with young children – or teenagers, for that matter – is contemplated, the idea of some R & R can also be accompanied by mental exhaustion. Military precision is executed: bags packed, amusements for the children – packed, enough snacks to sink a ship – and then there are the seating arrangements in the car…’Mum! He’s looking out my window!’ It’s enough to dishearten the most accomplished parent.
On arrival to your destination, you clamber out of the car and stretch your legs. Looking around, is there anything to keep the children amused for more than 10 minutes? Just so you can finish that last chapter in your book – the one you’ve attempted over the last 6 months of interruption? Let’s face it, being a parent can be an uphill battle, particularly during holiday time.
But while travel is a daunting prospect for some, with careful planning and a good location mapped out, the holiday nightmare will easily turn into precious family time to be treasured forever. The Victorian Coastline in Australia, is one such location.
The Victorian Coastline in Australia
The Great Ocean Road, from Torquay to Warrnambool is one holiday holding a memorable experience for every member of your family. Beaches, rainforests, waterfalls, lighthouses, trekking, surfing and whale watching are but a few of the choices your family has to pick from. With ample stops along this stretch of coastline, why cramp the kids up in the backseat? Take a week, with several stops included, and enjoy these vast Australian landscapes.
The Shipwreck Coast : Photo Credit: Aral Bereux
Lorne and Apollo Bay’s multitude of accommodation choices – all offer walking distances to safe swimming at their beaches. If you want something a little quieter, try Wye River and Separation Creek for its horse riding. Prefer the rainforests? Using Apollo Bay as a springboard, visit the Otway Fly for zip lining over treetops. (For smaller children, the Otway Fly also offers a spot-the-dinosaur track and an easy treetop walk.) Want to experience the Otway Lighthouse and Light Station? Stay at the Dunes Homestead at the Cape Otway Cottages.
Traveling with kids requires planning and forethought. For the car trip you do need to have regular stops on the winding course; you also need to plan for sun shades on windows, snacks, water bottles and entertainment.
However, if driving with the kids in the backseat still gives you grey hairs, the alternative is to book a private Great Ocean Road Tour.
During a private tour, the driving needs are taken care of. All the while, you can sit back and relax. This is the decisive way. With a driver leading the way, you can focus on your family. Enjoy the multitudes of changing vistas together, never having to worry about negotiating roads and children at the same time. The worst case scenario: you might run short of time wanting to explore everything you stumble across.
Travelling with kids, and making a memorable holiday for the family, doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. If driving is your thing, then the careful planning of stops and activities will see you through. However, if you really want to treat yourself to some serious stress-free family time, consider the option of a private tour. An experienced guide will always be invaluable.
The author, Russell Calvert lives in nearby Australia and loves sharing the beauty of Australia. He runs the tour company Bush To Ocean Road Tours.