Careening Between a Rock and the Sea on Australia's Great Ocean Road
Driving along Victoria's Great Ocean Road is beautifully dangerous with the temptation to stare at everything along the way. Hosting their annual music and poetry festivals, endearing towns of no more than one thousand year-round residents punctuate the distance traveled along the meandering road. Views of widely curved beaches open up around every other bend, while waterfalls cascade down from the mountains on the opposite side of the road. Cutting through the Otway National Park brings more waterfalls and wildlife; koalas watch from the trees above while wallabies race alongside cars. Pillared just off the shore, the Twelve Apostles stare back at an awe-struck crowd of onlookers.