We left Melbourne about 2pm, heading west and south toward Port Campbell, which would be our overnight stop and jumping-off point for driving the Great Ocean Road back to Melbourne. This is considered one of the most spectacular drives in Australia, winding along limestone cliffs and sandy beaches.
Our outbound trip was inland, through dairy cow and sheep country. It was very bucolic, with farm after farm, many smelling of fresh-cut hay. We stopped in the metropolis of Colac (population 11,000) for "Australia's Number One Pizza." This was stated as being in terms of "price and value," but based on the taste of the pizza, I'm not really sure what it meant.
We arrived in Port Campbell, a very small town with a cluster of hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops. After checking into the Loch Ard Motor Inn, we had a cup of tea and hit the road again, heading west.