Postcard from Grand Pacific Drive

July 27, 2011 in Australia,New South Wales,Places,Postcards

My dislike for driving in general, compounded with my discomfort on the left side of the road, means that I’m generally stuck to seeing Australia by buses or trains. Every once in a while, however, an Australian takes pity on my car-less state and treats me to a road trip (like my Great Ocean Road adventure!).

Grand Pacific Drive view of the water in New South Wales, Australia

The Grand Pacific Drive weaves through the coastal rainforests of the Royal National Park and along the sheer cliffs above the South Pacific Ocean. It’s a gorgeous drive that became even more enjoyable when I realized that we weren’t just driving aimlessly: we had a destination! And that destination– The Scarborough Hotel–served beer.

View from the Scarborough Hotel, Grand Pacific Drive, New South Wales, Australia

This view + ocean breezes + local brew = my perfect Sunday session.

View from the Scarborough Hotel, Grand Pacific Drive, New South Wales, Australia

Overlooking The Scarborough Hotel. I wish this was my local…

Grand Pacific Drive view of the water in New South Wales, Australia

View from Sea Cliff Bridge on Grand Pacific Drive, New South Wales, Australia

The cantilevered Sea Cliff Bridge.

Man flying model airplane on Grand Pacific Drive, New South Wales, Australia

Always love seeing full-grown men playing with toys, while their wives look on with little amusement.

Waterfall along Grand Pacific Drive, New South Wales, Australia

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  • I  don’t know if I could ever get used to driving on the left side of the road either. The views look amazing. It must have been a relaxing road trip! 🙂

  • A Californian who hates driving?! FOR SHAME!!!

    Driving on the other side of the road actually made me feel really young again because it was like learning how to drive all over again. I made mistakes I hadn’t made in over 10 years! I actually quite enjoyed it! Plus, so few people on the roads once outside the city, loved it!!

  • I bet it was hard to leave!  With views like this, a bus might be the best way to go so you can see it all.  Very beautiful.

  • I bet it was hard to leave!  With views like this, a bus might be the best way to go so you can see it all.  Very beautiful.

  • Gorgeous shots! So easy to do in this country 🙂  thanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous

    The best part of not being able to drive on the left side is that you’re free to soak up the views as a passenger 🙂

  • Anonymous

    The best part of not being able to drive on the left side is that you’re free to soak up the views as a passenger 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Haha it’s only because I’ve basically grown up in a car–and I got my licence the day after I turned 16, so I have spent more than enough time behind the wheel! More than happy to act as the passenger now 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Haha it’s only because I’ve basically grown up in a car–and I got my licence the day after I turned 16, so I have spent more than enough time behind the wheel! More than happy to act as the passenger now 🙂

  • Anonymous

    There’s a train that goes along here–I would totally look into taking that!

  • Anonymous

    There’s a train that goes along here–I would totally look into taking that!

  • Anonymous

    You should definitely have the Aussie boyfriend take you on this trip if you haven’t done it yet–great way to spend an afternoon!

  • Anonymous

    You should definitely have the Aussie boyfriend take you on this trip if you haven’t done it yet–great way to spend an afternoon!

  • Looks like the guy was having a lot of fun flying that plane!  Great photos love the one along the winding road as well as the waterfall.

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  • Anonymous

    He really was! His wife, not so amused.

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