If you want to escape Melbourne for a day or two, the drive up the Great Ocean Road from the city’s centre cannot be beaten. You will witness sweeping cliffs and breathtaking views over the sparkling blue ocean that looks like it stretches across the horizon forever. At certain points you can stop off on the journey and spot koala bears up in the trees. It’s a rare feat to see these animals in the wild, and the Great Ocean Road is a beautiful place to do it. Another highlight is the Twelve Apostles – giant rocks that jut out of the ocean creating an unforgettable landscape.