One of the world’s most scenic coastal drives is without a doubt the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. With towering cliffs, iconic surf breaks, misty waterfalls and native Australian wildlife, you can find everything around the Great Ocean Road. The drive is long and windy, and can take several hours, so if you have the time it is best to commit a few days to exploring, to make sure you cover everything! Here is a quick guide to what you can’t miss along the Great Ocean Road!
Anglesea hold a soft spot for me because it was where we used to go during the school holidays when I was a kid! The Anglesea Golf Course and its surrounding streets are home to more kangaroos than I have ever seen in the wild, hopping everywhere and enjoying the perfect grass. The coastal town is also home to bustling markets, riverside picnic spots and all kinds of water activities such as canoeing, paddle boating and speed boating.
Located in the Otway Coast, Kennett River is known for being one of the best places in Australia to see koalas in the wild. There are many big colonies of koalas in and around Kennett River that you are almost guaranteed close sightings. The Koala Walk starts at Koala Cove Cafe in the Kennett Caravan Park and continues around Grey River Road. You are able to walk or drive, but keep any eye out for tourists wandering straight out onto the road – there is not a lot of car/road awareness going on with tourists in this area.
Arguably the most popular destination along the Great Ocean Road is Lorne. About an hour and a half from Melbourne, it is a favourite holiday spot for many Victorians. Whether you’re staying overnight or just passing through, take the time to wander down Lorne’s main shopping strip filled with boutique gift stores, cellars, restaurants and galleries. The beach at Lorne is one of the best along the Great Ocean Road, with thousands of locals and tourist flocking to holiday here in the summer time.
One of the most popular waterfalls in the Otways is Erskine Falls, with the falls plunging 30 metres into the lush tree-fern gully of the Erskine River. There are two different lookouts at the falls. The first is an easy five minute walk from the carpark, while the second is much more difficult, down 240 steep steps to the base of the falls. In my opinion, the best waterfall in the Lorne region and a must see.
Aireys Inlet Split Point Lighthouse
Aireys Inlet is a sleepy little town based in the middle of it’s two big sisters, Anglesea and Lorne. The main attraction in the town is the Split Point Lighthouse, built in 1891 and perched on the cliffs 70 metres about sea levels. Highlights in Aireys Inlet includes cliff top walking tracks, rock pools and sheltered caves.
The first stop along the Great Ocean Road is Torquay, the home to the Rip Curl Pro and more surf shops then you could imagine. Close to Bells Beach and Jan Juc, the surfing hotspots in Victoria, Torquay is the perfect place to get a beginners surf lesson, a woodfire pizza for lunch and all the outlet surf shopping you would ever need.
The Twelve Apostles
The last stop along the Great Ocean Road is the world famous Twelve Apostles. Located in Port Campbell National Park and about a four hour drive from Melbourne, the Twelve Apostles live up to everything you have heard about them! These amazing rock formations shouldn’t be missed on any trip to Victoria! Make sure you also visit Loch Ard Gorge, only five minutes away, for a truly beautiful secret beach surrounded by cliffs.
Otway Fly Treetop Adventure
Deep in the heart of the Otway National Park is the Otway Fly, offering treetop adventures in the middle of the rainforest. You can take a rainforest walk approximately 30 metres up on a steel structured canopy walkway, which is the longest and tallest walkway of its type in the world. There is also a zipline tour which includes eight cloud stations and six flights around the treetops.
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