Saturday, June 25, 2016

Melbourne Travelogue 02: Start of the Great Ocean Drive

Hello, I'm back with another travelogue! The hightlight of our Melbourne trip was the Great Ocean drive. The Great Ocean Road is listed as an Australian national heritage. The whole road is 243km long, along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the cities of Torquay and Allansford. This road is built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to the soldiers killed during WW1. As such, this is the world's largest war memorial. An important tourist attraction in the region, this road winds through varying terrain along the coast, including the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formation. 
While the GO drive can easily be achieved within a day, we decided to take things slow and spread the drive across 3 days to enjoy the sights.We marked the start of the drive as soon as we drove off from the airport and sped towards the highway. The first pit stop was Geelong, approx 1h drive from the airport. 
I was busy snapping away when I spotted a field of canola and made Leecher pulled up at the roadside for pic-taking. #randomthingswedo
We couldn't enter the field as it was surrounded by barbed wires, so we could only take pictures outside but still better than nothing :) Our mood was instantly lifted looking at the bright colours! We also spotted a couple of cars pulling over to take pictures. Definitely tourists since I doubt locals would do such things on their homeland. 
We reached Geelong and it was time for a quick breakfast fix. The initial plan was to head for the food truck. However, after circling round the park, I couldn't find the exact location or the truck could have moved to another place. We then looked at my list of back-up and headed to a cafe instead. 
We parked on the road side beside the library and went in to kaypoh the Aussie library before we head towards the cafe.
Lavish Specialty Coffee is located in the quaint suburb of Belmont. This cafe has a 15 person seating capacity, with menus that caters to people with special dietary needs. During our trip, we noticed that gluten-free options are always available in an eatery or supermarket.  
 Ordering from the spring menu ~ 
Lavish cafe specialises in coffee, offering a wide range of coffee beans. You can purchase the beans home for your consumption. Just speak to the friendly helpers at the cafe! 
A cup of latte to warm our bodies. 
 With Leecher, my fave travel companion
Leecher ordered baked sweet potato with super food salad and coconut yoghurt. He must be trying to eat clean and healthy before indulging later, lol! 
I had the spice-rubbed chicken burrito, which comes with oven-baked chicken, avocado salsa, lettuce and chilli coconut aioli. You even get to choose between wholemeal wheat tortilla or gluten-free corn tortilla.
Our first meal in Melbourne was satisfying. I couldn't finish the burrito, so I packed it along in case I get hunger pangs during the drive. 
Lavish Specialty Coffee
161A High Street, Belmont, Victoria, Australia
Tel: +61 3 5241 3337
Opening Hours: 8.30AM till 2PM (Mon-Sat)
With our satisfied tummies, we head to Coles to stock up on drinks and snacks. Since Coles was literally across the street from Lavish cafe, I wanted to walk but Leecher was heading to the car. He insisted on driving since he don't want to carry 12L of water across the street when he could just load it into the car. Once our groceries were loaded, we continued with our journey towards Cunningham Pier ... to be continued in the next post! 

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