Angelsea is a small, picturesque town in Victoria, Australia. Located on the Great Ocean Road, it is usually the first stop for those on the Grand Ocean Road bus tour.
As Anglesea is about 1.5-hour’s drive from Melbourne, it comes up at just about the right time for you to get out of the bus, stretch your legs, and take a loo break.
Our driver guide from Ottway Discovery tours also kindly provided tea, coffee, and two varieties of cake as refreshments. He set out the cake trays, tea/coffee thermoses, and plastic cups on one of the many wooden tables there. As we had started out quite early for the tour and the air was nippy, the hot coffee was very welcome.
I spotted several other tour buses parked in the area so I assume Anglesea is a favoured stop for bus tour operators here. The driver guides of the other buses too had set up refreshments on different wooden benches in the area.
Our driver guide told us that this area was initially known as Swampy Creek, but once a township was established here in the 1880s, the name was officially changed to Anglesea River, and finally Anglesea. Quite understandable as who on earth would want ‘Swampy Creek’ on their address!
After enjoying the hot coffee, there was enough time for a stroll along the bank of the Anglesea River.
A few quick pics, and we were ready to get back on the bus and continue with the Great Ocean Road tour.
Although the Great Ocean Road starts at Anglesea, the official starting point comes along only a further 15 kilometers away in the form of a memorial arch. Read on about the Great Ocean Road memorial arch, which was our second stop on the tour.
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