'Great Living' on The Great Ocean Road
If you think touring the Great Ocean Road in Victoria Australia on a day trip is enough to see it, I'd tell you to think again! After spending a weekend away from Melbourne in the coastal town of Lorne, I experienced a completely new side to the typical tour bus route, and the first of many incredible experiences for this year.The Great Ocean Road is one of the world's most scenic coastal drives and no doubt a trip that's best enjoyed in your own car, loved ones (or those who know the lyrics to your favourite songs) in the passenger and back seats, windows down and music pumping. But what about seeing it on a whole new level? Literally.I recently got to experience the Great Living Travel Package which included luxury helicopter flight transfers to and from Melbourne CBD and Lorne. A highlight in itself, but one that gets even better!
Luxury helicopter flights
You'll see amazing aerial views of The Great Ocean Road from the Microflite Helicopters flight transfers that take about 30-45mins (depending on the wind for the day). This was my first time to fly in a helicopter and as you can imagine I was beyond excited! It's really surprising how different things look from up above and what we don't actually notice from down below. Patterns are formed and the colours are separated into greens and browns with pops of unusual colour - I saw a pink lake just like the one in Western Australia that I never even knew existed in Melbourne.
2 nights at Ocean House
Once we landed in Lorne our car transfer was only a few minutes to our temporary home for the weekend, Ocean House by the architect Rob Mills. We spent two nights in this incredible holiday house. I think the pictures really speak for themselves about this place - make sure you check out the video house tour on my Youtube channel.When we weren't admiring the ocean views from the top floor or the balcony, time was spent lazing about enjoying the simple pleasures of great company and the beach right at our doorstep. We also explored the Otway hinterland (Erskine Falls is a definite must!) and drove around the seaside village with the car that was left for us to use.
Dinner at Brae Restaurant
The choice of lunch or dinner is yours at Chef Dan Hunter's award-winning Brae in Birregurra. We chose to have dinner on a Friday night and got to have a chat with Chef in the kitchen after. A tour of the organic kitchen garden was on our agenda but it was pouring rain so we sadly skipped that but enjoyed the ambience indoors instead. Dan and his team at Brae work closely with local farmers to produce a unique, contemporary cuisine built around a respect for nature and seasonality. After 18 beautiful courses with wine pairings, I could see why others mentioned having the difficulty in trying to fetch a cab - it was pitch black and in the middle of the forest. We were lucky to have car transfers included in this package, ready to take us back home to Ocean House.Total package: AU$11,300 for four people ($2,825 per person)To view more about the Great Living Travel package, head here. The Love Assembly Travel and Lifestyle blog experienced the Great Living Travel Package as a guest of Ocean House however, my opinion is as always, my own.