Drive along Victoria's most iconic road, the Great Ocean Road, and soak up the array of world class beaches and stunning natural scenery.
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About the Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243km sretch of road spanning Victoria's south eastern coastline between Torquay and Allansford. For a single road, the Great Ocean Road covers some diverse and changeable landscapes – from the spectacular cliffs and cobalt sea to rolling green hills and dense rainforest, there’s not much you won’t see along this drive.
Things to do on the Great Ocean Road
While it ‘officially’ starts back near Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula, the Great Ocean Road really comes into its own west of Anglesea. As the road hugs the stunning coast as it meanders south and west, you’ll pass through the small townships of Fairhaven and Aireys Inlet – each with their own stunning beaches (and decent cafes) – before the road delves back into the forest and pops out on the coast again near Lorne.
At Princetown, just before Port Campbell, you’ll come to the 12 Apostles rock formation – probably the most-photographed and best-known of all the Great Ocean Road attractions. As the road continues west, you’ll hit the Bay of Islands near Peterborough. No matter how many postcards or photos you’ve seen, prepare to be unprepared for your first sighting of the magnificent burnt orange cliffs and layered limestone monoliths rising from the cobalt sea that characterise this stretch of coast.
Attractions on the Great Ocean Road
Torquay to Lorne
From Melbourne, head west to Geelong and the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. The area is a burgeoning wine region so stop by and sample the local wine varietals. From here there are clearly marked signs which take you along the eastern route of the Great Ocean Road. The start of the drive brings you to the town of Torquay world famous for Bells Beach and the home of surf brands Quiksilver and RipCurl. Further along you will find the town of Anglesea, a popular family beach and Aireys Inlet a small town with beautiful wide sandy beaches. Continue along the Great Ocean Road and you will find yourself in Lorne, a popular holiday destination with plenty of lovely restaurants, pubs and cafés as well as clear beaches. Be sure to visit Great Otway National Park near Lorne.
Great Ocean Road: Lorne to Port Campbell
Continue your drive from Lorne through the winding cliff-top roads to Apollo Bay. In Apollo Bay you can take a drive through the Otways to Australia’s oldest lighthouse or see platypus in the wild at Lake Elizabeth, an ancient mountain lake. The next leg is the longest drive between major towns so be sure to take refreshment before heading to Port Campbell. Port Campbell is home to the stunning Twelve Apostles and also Loch Ard Gorge and the harbour offers one the best big-wave breaks in Australia.
Great Ocean Road: Port Campbell to Portland
Drive from Port Campbell to the former port city of Warrnambool. Warrnambool is one of the biggest towns on the Great Ocean Road drive. Visit Logan’s Beach for the chance to catch a glimpse of the southern right whale between June to October or discover the rich maritime history of Warrnambool and the Shipwreck Coast. Continue on to Port Fairy which is the busiest fishing port in Victoria. From here you can take a cruise to Lady Julia Percy Island, Australia’s only offshore volcano to see the playful seal colony. Your final stop on the Great Ocean Drive is Portland. The town has a long seafaring history so be sure to check out the Portland Maritime Discovery Centre. Portland was also Victoria’s first permanent settlement and you can see over 200 buildings built in the 19th century.
Getting to the Great Ocean Road
Torquay, one end of the Great Ocean Road, lies 94km from Melbourne via the M1.
Where to stay on the Great Ocean Road
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