Explore and discover The Great Ocean Road. One of Australia’s iconic, and world-famous, coastal drives. Begin the 244 kilometre journey at the seaside town of Torquay and finish at the historic fishing village of Port Fairy.
Along the way stop to enjoy the spectacular rugged coastline, walk in the lush rainforests, stroll the enchanting seaside towns and spot Australian native wildlife.
You can make the trip in a day or try a more leisurely pace and take in the treasures along the way. You can always rely on a vehicle from Kangaroo Rentals to get you to where you want to be.
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Split Point Lighthouse
The Split Point Lighthouse is not far off the road and is well worth the time to have a look. It is a working lighthouse and has been opened to the public since 2005. You can soak up the scenery around the lighthouse. Enjoy the spectacular views across to Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary, the Great Ocean Road and to Phillip Island.
This lighthouse was also the main setting for a wonderful Australian children’s show “Around the Twist”.
Guided tours are available and last about 30 minutes. Climb the stairs to the top and wait for the magic to happen. If you are lucky enough you might catch a glimpse of migrating whales (May to September) or a pod of dolphins putting on a show.
Aireys Inlet is also the gateway to Great Otway National Park. This stretches alongside the Great Ocean Road to the Otway Hinterland. There is so much to enjoy and explore wild coastlines, tall mountain forests and tumbling waterfalls, the breathtaking Great Ocean Walk and so much more. Great Otway National Park
Melbourne’s Byron Bay
Lorne is a great place to stop and stroll along the beautiful sandy beaches.
Lorne Main Beach is sheltered and a safe place for everyone to relax. You can unwind in one of Victoria’s premier seaside retreats, enjoy a BBQ and picnic using facilities provided or fish and chips on the beach. Just breathe in the fresh sea air and feel refreshed. A swim here is also high on the list of things to do. Check out the Town Notice Board for what’s on.
There are many cafes and restaurants serving a variety of meals and, of course, a delicious coffee. Who doesn’t love a coffee break?
If you are looking for more adventure try, Live Wire Park. You can have fun zip lining, roller coasting, climbing, exploring and wandering. Live Wire Park
Erskine Falls, with its 30metre high water cascade, is only a 15minute drive from Lorne. Take the 5minute walk from the car park to the top viewing platform or venture down the stairs to the lower platform. Why not take time to wrap yourself up in the tranquillity of this wondrous place?
The Twelve Apostles
Port Campbell National Park
The Twelve Apostles are definitely one of Australia’s most recognised and visited sights. Marvel at these huge limestone formations that sit majestically just off the shore of Port Campbell National Park.
You can view the Twelve Apostles at any time of the day and be totally awestruck. For an extra special touch plan your visit at sunrise or sunset. See Mother Nature at her very best.
There are a number of viewing platforms along the boardwalk. A visit to the Twelve Apostles Visitors Centre before your walk to the main event is well worthwhile.
The beauty of these massive rock structures standing guard over the Southern Ocean will leave you spellbound. Take a selfie so you never forget the impressive Twelve Apostles.
London Arch and the Grotto
Once known as London Bridge
Previously known as London Bridge this impressive limestone archway is now named London Arch. Rough seas have eroded one of the arches and now only one remains.
The hollowed-out cave, known as the Grotto allows you to have a window to the sights and sounds of the sea. Have your cameras ready for this one.
Home of the Rip Curl Easter Pro Surfing Championships
An hour and a half away from Melbourne you will find Torquay, one of the world’s premier surfing centres and host to the longest-running surf competition worldwide. On the outskirts, you will find Bells Beach. At Easter time the place is filled with competitors and spectators from all over the world. All drawn to watch the breathtaking talent riding the waves.
A visit to Torquay and Bells Beach is a treat any time of the year.
If you are feeling adventurous take the time to have a surfing lesson or, if you prefer, a walk along the cliff tops.
A Year-Round Playground
Anglesea has it all! Stunning beaches, nature experiences and outdoor adventure activities. Why wouldn’t you take time to slow down and enjoy the local produce and all that this seaside town has to offer?
A must-see are the kangaroos at Anglesea Golf course. The Anglesea Golf Club offers Roo Tours for the whole family. Don’t miss this close encounter.
The beaches are famous and a drive to Point Addis, Anglesea Beach and Point Roadknight are always a highlight.
After your Surf Coast walk, relax at the Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery.
Paddle boats, mountain bike trails and fabulous wineries give Anglesea something for everyone.
The Great Ocean Road Arch
A Tribute to our World War 1 Soldiers
This arch is truly iconic and one of the most photographed images along the Great Ocean Road. The road was built from 1919 to 1932 to honour those who had lost their lives fighting in the war. The Great Ocean Road was mostly constructed by hand and represents the longest war memorial in the world. To the side of the arch is a sculpture of two returned soldiers; this was commissioned for the 75th anniversary of the arch.
Take a photo to remember this wonderful historic landmark.
A Haven for Native Animals and Birdlife
Kennett River is situated halfway between Lorne and Apollo Bay. The road here flows along the rugged coastline and is some of the most stunning landscape along the Great Ocean Road.
The Kennett River Koala Walk is the place to meet our cuddly koalas up close and personal. If you stop at Grey River Road you can usually spot koalas. King parrots, rosellas and kookaburras. This road can also take you to Great Otway National Park, a must see for nature lovers. PS on your walk take some birdseed for the parrots and rosellas. They will love you for it!
A Jewel In the Great Ocean Road Crown
Apollo Bay is nestled between the Eastern side of Cape Otway, the Barham River and the Great Ocean Road. Breathtakingly beautiful and wonderfully peaceful.
Apollo Bay hosts the Apollo Bay Music Festival and the Great Ocean Sports Festival each year.
From winter to spring Great Southern Right whales come to this area to breed, give birth to their calves and raise them in the warmer waters as they head for South Australia.
Why not venture up to Mariners Look out for a spectacular view of the magnificent coastline.
Apollo Bay is a cosy seaside village perfect for an overnight stay or longer.
There are places to eat along the main street or for something special book a table at Chris’s at Beacon Point restaurant. Romance and unforgettable cliff top views.
Cape Otway National Park
Hopetoun Falls can be found in the Cape Otway National Park. An impressive 30metre cascade! One of the most impressive waterfalls along the Great Ocean Road. You can view the falls from the upper platform, which is an easy walk from the car park. The descent, approximately 200 steps, to the falls takes you through the lush ancient tree ferns to a viewing platform where you can appreciate the wonder of the falls. Absolutely worth the climb.
Your next stop is a visit to the Triplet Falls, a short 15minute drive from Hopetoun Falls.
A walking trail starting at the car park takes you in a loop to see the three waterfalls and will take about an hour. It is a picturesque walk through the vibrant green Rain forest.
Cape Otway Light Station, Australia’s oldest surviving lighthouse, is here too. Climb to the top and find yourself 90metres above sea level. A perfect place to see where Bass Strait meets the Southern Ocean.
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
A short drive from The Triplet Falls is the Otway Fly Treetop Adventures. You can walk in the treetops this takes about an hour or take a zip lining tour, which takes 2.5 hours.
The walkway has information stations to tell you about the local flora and fauna. Very interesting to read as you make your way around the 2km walk. There is an amazing lookout with a viewing platform if you are brave enough to climb the spiral staircase.
If all that exercise leaves you needing a break there is also a well-supplied coffee shop where you can refuel before you continue with your day.
Gog and Magog
The Gibson Steps take you down 86 steps to the beach where you are dwarfed by the magnificent 70metre vertical cliffs. Here you can almost reach out and touch two of the giant limestone stacks towering over the shoreline. These stacks are affectionately known as Gog and Magog.
You can make your way to the Gibson Steps from the Twelve Apostles or you can take the 1km walk from the car park at the Visitors Centre
Loch Ard Gorge
A five-minute drive from the Gibson Steps is the famous and much loved Loch Ard Gorge.
Here in this beautiful inlet, you will experience crystal clear water almost fully encircled by two yellow-washed cliff faces. The native shrubbery sitting on the top of the cliff adds to the magical feel of this place.
Loch Ard Gorge is named after an English ship, which suffered a tragic ending to its journey when it collided with a rock reef and ran aground. Only two of the fifty-four passengers were saved.
The Loch Ard Gorge has changed over time but has become a significant backdrop for a number of movies, such as The Pirate movie and the TV series Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
There are walks you can do around the many walking paths at the top of the Gorge. You can choose from the Geology Walk, which includes the RazorBack and the Island Arch, discover the Wreck of the Loch Ard or walk to Thunder Cave. Don’t forget to pack your walking shoes.
Bay of Islands
A Hidden Surprise
The Bay of Islands is a Coastal Park located on the Great Ocean Road between Peterborough and Warrnambool.
This park is quieter than the Twelve Apostles but still stunningly spectacular.
See the reefs, sea stacks and the red limestone bluffs. Here you can also find tracks to more secluded beaches, which offer magnificent views.
You can find the viewing area from the car park.
A Place to Rest
Port Campbell is a small seaside village on the Great Ocean Road. It has calm waters and is a great spot for swimming. If you need a place to stay close to the main attraction, the Twelve Apostles, then Port Campbell is the place for you.
There are a few eateries on the shorefront and the atmosphere is relaxed and easy.
The End of the Great Ocean Road
Warrnambool takes its name from our Indigenous Australians and means land between two rivers. Originally a port town, Warrnambool is now a major regional city.
There is so much to do and see in Warrnambool. You can visit the pristine beaches, whale watch during the migration season, and discover more about the history with a visit to the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and recreated Village. While you are there stay for the impressive sound and light show that captures the imagination of both the young and the old.
Visit Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground, a fabulous place for a picnic and the kids will love it!
Before you leave take some time to visit the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, which is home to koalas, kangaroos, emus, echidnas and much more.
You can pick up a heritage map and wander the streets of Warrnambool to check out the historic buildings.
Warrnambool provides many levels of accommodation and a wide choice of culinary delights.
Take some time to explore and undercover the richness that is Warrnambool.
Port Fairy is an easy 25minute drive from Warrnambool. It is a historic fishing town sitting peacefully on the Moyne River, between Warrnambool and Portland.
The sense of history is everywhere. Early buildings still remain from the days of whaling and sealing echoing the vibrant seaside lifestyle in the 1800s. A walk down the main street will bring you to Victoria’s oldest licensed hotel, the Caledonian Inn.
The Fishermans Wharf precinct is picture-perfect. The walk along the river filled with colour. Boats and fishing vessels rock gently against the pier, the Moyne River flows peacefully to the sea and you get the idea that all is well with the world.
If you fancy a walk there is the Griffith Island walk this is linked to the mainland via a pedestrian walkway. You will find a large colony of Mutton Birds and at the other end is the Port Fairy Light House. There is a walking track that loops around the island so you don’t lose your way.
The beaches are stunning and can be found along Ocean Drive, stretching along the Moyne River and on the coastline facing the Southern Ocean. You need to check which of these beaches are patrolled when swimming.
Each year the Port Fairy Music Festival attracts amazing world-renowned artists and people from every walk of life.
There are many possibilities to explore in Port Fairy from delicious food and wine to Wellness therapies to relaxing on the beach.
Port Fairy is the perfect ending to your Great Ocean Road journey
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