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Visit Great Ocean Road, Australia

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Renowned as one of the world's greatest road trips, The Great Ocean Road hugs 300 kilometers of Victoria's dramatic coastline from Torquay to Portland. Sheer cliffs drop to rolling surf beaches dotted with unique rock formations, lush green forests line the hinterland, and elegant villages reflect the rich history of the area. Built in the 1930s to help provide employment for return servicemen during the Depression, the road is not only an engineering feat - it's a memorial to those who lost their lives during World War I.

Tourist Attractions on The Great Ocean Road

Torquay

The official start of The Great Ocean Road, Torquay is Australia's surfing headquarters. Every Easter, the world's best surfers descend on the region to ride the perfect waves at Bells Beach in the Rip Curl Pro Surfing Competition. Additionally, sheltered beaches offer opportunities for beginning surfers with lessons available. The grassy foreshores are the perfect spot for a picnic, and the main street is lined with eclectic galleries and caf├ęs. The Surf World Museum, the largest in the world, offers an insight into the history and development of this popular water sport.

Port Campbell National Park

Rugged seas, dramatic limestone rock sculptures, and tales of seafaring days make this area popular with tourists. Dominating this treacherous stretch of coast is the Twelve Apostles - a majestic series of rocks rising from the water. As the most photographed attractions along the road, there are many vantage points as well as other rock formations to explore. Memorials at Loch Ard Gorge tell the dramatic story of how two young people survived the wreck of the namesake ship. The once-natural rock formation archway named London Bridge is living testament to the constant erosion of the area. In 1990, part of the bridge collapsed spectacularly into the sea, leaving the two ends, but no middle. The Arch is a particularly good spot to look back at the Twelve Apostles, while the calmness of the still water at The Grotto, a naturally formed cave, contrasts with the wild backdrop of the ocean.

Cape Otway Fly

Hidden from the world in the treetops, the Cape Otway Fly is located a short drive from the beautiful village of Apollo Bay at the midpoint of The Great Ocean Road. Opened in 2003, suspended 47 meters high and 600 meters long, the Treetop Walk is the longest and highest walk of its kind in the world. For an extra adrenalin rush, there is also a Zip Line Tour that sees thrill seekers zooming through the air, stopping at a series of 'cloud stations' for three and a half hours.

Lorne

For more than a century, Lorne has been one of Australia's most popular seaside resorts. Sheltered by the Otway Ranges, this Mediterranean style village has the best of everything - the sea, river, and rainforest. Walking trails along the Cumberland River contrast with the rugged coastline. Nearby Erskine Falls are a must for naturalists. The cascading falls are set amidst an ancient fern and eucalypt forest. Lorne is also renowned for its elegant country house accommodation.

Golfing with Kangaroos

Anglesea is a beautiful seaside village with a difference. Golfers have the chance to share one of Australia's most picturesque golf courses with the local residents - 300 kangaroos. Nestled into native bushland, the 18 hole golf course is a great place to see kangaroos in their natural habitat. Lazing under the eucalyptus trees and over the fairways, they certainly bring another dimension to a game of golf. The kangaroos are particularly active in the early morning and late afternoon, and the course is open to tourists.

Great Ocean Walk

Considered one of the ultimate walks of Australia, The Great Ocean Walk starts at Apollo Bay and stretches 100 kilometers along the most spectacular coastal area of The Great Ocean Road. There are several ways to enjoy the beauty of this designated trail. The most challenging way for tourists involves carrying gear, pitching a tent, and cooking over a campfire. Several walking companies, both local and international, offer fully or semi-guided three to seven day itineraries of the track inclusive of food, accommodation, and luggage transportation. Alternatively, day trips can be taken from Apollo Bay or Port Campbell to cover the sightseeing highlights of the track.

Warrnambool Whale Watching

As the largest town in the district, Warrnambool blends the services of a city with a country. With a variety of beaches and excellent scuba diving opportunities, the town is a popular summertime destination. However, one of the biggest attractions to Warrnambool happens during winter - whale watching. The viewing platforms at Logan's Beach overlook the playground of southern right whales as they give birth and raise their calves, often just meters from the shoreline.

Tower Hill Volcano

Situated 15 kilometers west of Warrnambool, Tower Hill is an experience not to be overlooked. Steeped in history, this inactive volcano erupted 30,000 years ago unearthing Aboriginal artefacts, which indicate indigenous life in the area at that time. Today, it's possible to drive down the inside of the crater where an abundance of Australian animals live, including koalas, kangaroos, and emus.

Port Fairy and the Folk Festival

Home of the Port Fairy Folk Festival held in March each year, this pretty fishing village is a center for the arts. Historic, whitewashed cottages have been transformed into galleries and artist's studios. An abundance of elegant restaurants and B&B's line the main street, and the busy fishing port is a photographer's dream.

 

Success stories

Emily Diamond

Nov 15 at 15:04 pm
Craig and I enjoyed a road trip from Melbourne covering the Victorian coastline then up through central Victoria.

Samiksha Shashikumar

Apr 20 at 03:00 am
Best long drive from melbourne.

Pauline celle

Apr 16 at 23:24 pm
Australia trip 12 apostles done Avec Deborah

Darren Jansz

Dec 19 at 19:29 pm
Amazing driving an old statesman