Your Great Ocean Road adventure begins in Torquay, the spiritual home of Aussie surf culture and the birthplace of iconic surf brands. At the Surf World Museum you can explore more than 50 years of history of the Rip Curl Pro, an international professional surfing event held each Easter at Torquay’s most renowned location, Bells Beach. Bring your bathers and get amongst it at a world-class break or take a surf lesson with a local pro!More >
Great Otway National Park
An ancient, pristine place where waterfalls thunder, goliath trees reach for the sun and wildlife thrives in the cool temperate rainforest. Such is the Great Otway National Park. Over 103,000 hectares of natural environment spanning the coast and hinterland from Torquay to Princetown. Awesome forests. Spectacular coastline. It’s a natural adventure space that will keep you wondering at every turn. Walk it, bike it or drive it … just make sure you do it.
Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch
The famous memorial arch and ‘The Diggers’ statue at Eastern View is well worth a closer look. Erected to commemorate the returned servicemen who built the Great Ocean Road from 1918 to 1932, it is a chance to reflect on the sacrifice of the young men and women who lost their lives in the First World War. A series of bronze plaques located along the Great Ocean Road helps tell the story of the men who built the road by bare hand.
Lorne is the stylish, elegant lady everyone wants to lunch with. Her setting is perfect and sophisticated – a cosmopolitan coastal village with a magnificent beach against a backdrop of the majestic rainforest of the Great Otway National Park. Lorne is for all seasons, from summer fun among the crowds, to strolling along the beach under a winter’s rainbow, exploring the forest that comes alive after a downpour or scouting for whales that wander by in the cooler months.
Charming all year-round, Apollo Bay makes a perfect location to base yourself for a few days. Everything seems within easy walking reach: the seemingly endless beach and the vibrant shopping strip brimming with cafés, restaurants, a couple of great pubs and a desirable range of shops and services. Apollo Bay puts you in the heart of the coastal action. The Twelve Apostles, the Great Ocean Walk and the best waterfalls of the Otways are within a short drive.
Cape Otway is the most southerly point of the coastline, where the Southern Ocean and Bass Strait converge. It falls within the Great Otway National Park and is a stunning showcase for native fauna, flora and maritime heritage. Panoramic ocean views are a given from the cape, but you might be surprised to spot koalas lazing in the trees above or whales drifting past offshore. The Cape Otway Lightstation is perched high on the sea cliffs above the ocean and provides some of the best views of the coast, allow a few hours to explore the historic precinct.More >
Be uplifted by this incredible destination just off the Great Ocean Road near Beech Forest. Experience a 1-hour rainforest treetop walk on a steel walkway that takes you right up into the canopy. Dare to scale the 47m lookout tower for a bird’s eye view. Then, if you’re game, zip line through the trees on a 3.5-hour tour that provides six exhilarating flights. Café, car parking and amenities on site.More >
The all-season Great Ocean Walk embraces the spectacular coastline for 104km from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles, passing through the Great Otway National Park. Experience deserted sandy beaches, isolated cliff tops, tall forest gullies and abundant wildlife including koalas, wallabies, echidnas, reptiles and more. Short walks, day hikes and overnight treks – whatever the season and whatever way you choose to enjoy it, the memories will stay with you forever. Luxury accommodation and eco-friendly hike-in campsites are available for walkers.More >
Port Campbell National Park
The park hugs the wild coastline for 27km between Princetown and Peterborough. Just 4km narrow at its widest, the park attracts literally millions of visitors each year and envelopes one of Australia’s most iconic stretches of shoreline. Dramatic wave-sculpted landforms such as the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge are the superstars of the park. But there’s an amazing support cast off the beaten track.
These world-famous wavesculpted rock formations stand defiant against the surging waves of the Southern Ocean and are located in the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park. For a fresh perspective, descend Gibson Steps to the beach and see how the Twelve Apostles stack up at ground level. What could possibly beat standing on a cliff-top viewing deck soaking up the beauty of the Twelve Apostles? A breathtaking helicopter flight to view the entire coast from above. Imagine soaring over the Twelve Apostles and the Bay of Islands.
Port Campbell is an idyllic seaside village nestled unexpectedly midst the rugged limestone coastline, sheltered by cliffs and Norfolk Pines. Pretty tree-lined Lord Street offers an array of dining and shopping options. The fresh crayfish here is legendary and few experiences rival dining on straight-off-theboat seafood as you gaze across the horseshoe-shaped bay out towards the ocean. Browse for local arts, crafts or souvenirs. Amble lazily from the street to the sandy beach and back again.
By day - an interactive 1870s maritime village and museum. It offers a glimpse of the time when the seas were the super highway and the coast became known as the Shipwreck Coast. By night – world-class sound and laser show ‘Shipwrecked’ which relives the tragedy and triumph of the ill-fated clipper ‘Loch Ard’ and the dramatic history of the Great Ocean Road.More >
Meet koalas, emus, kangaroos and many species of waterbirds roaming freely in Tower Hill State Game Reserve, which sits inside an extinct volcano formed some 30,000 years ago. The Reserve and its plethora of wildlife provides visitors with the rare opportunity to witness animals at close range in their natural habitat. This, combined with guided tours to learn about Aboriginal history and cultural heritage provides a unique eco-tourism experience. Worn Gundidj guided tours are available everyday at 11am and 1pm.
Uncover history in every corner of this charming fishing village at the end of the Great Ocean Road. Take a walk down to the local port, one of the busiest fishing ports in Victoria, and watch as the fishermen unload their catch of crayfish and abalone. From the wharf you can head out to sea on a guided fishing trip or take a cruise out to the seal colony on Lady Julia Percy Island. Keep an eye out for breaching southern right whales off Port Fairy's coast during the winter months, when the whales come in to mate and calve.