The road that stretches through the coastal region of south-west Victoria, from Geelong to Portland is called the Great Ocean Road. It was built for WW II veterans in 1932. Visitors from all over the world visit the Great Ocean Road and experience its many natural delights. Read on. Where and How to Begin? You can drive by car, and thereby leverage the most flexibility for sightseeing.
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Alternatively, you can sign up for coach tours. Public transport is not recommended if you want to take detours away from the townships and stop along the coast. Start your trip either at Warrnambool or Torquay near Geelong. From there on, just follow the signs. What Facilities Are Available You will find plenty of fuel stops on the way, plus sanitary facilities, plenty of hotels, cafes and options for accommodation.
What’s The Trip Duration You can see most of the major attractions within a day or two’s drive. This includes the towns and coastal sights. However, if you want to stay at a town, or take inroads to explore some of the GOR’s hidden delights, you’ll need 3 or more days, perhaps a week. What To See
- Otway National Park: Enjoy a lovely walk through the lush rainforest. At night, watch vast gullies as they get illuminated by glow worms. Admire the Triplet Falls, Beauchamp Falls, and Hopetoun Falls.
- The Twelve Apostles: Large limestone cliffs have been carved into 12 fantastic shapes by crashing waves over millennia.
- Point Addis Beach: Enjoy a great walk through the bushland till you arrive at a tall lookout from where you can see the beach.
- Melba Gully State Park: Enjoy a wonderful 30-minute walk along the boardwalk in the bush. Enjoy tree ferns as they graze you while you walk. Watch the glow worms light up the path at night.
- Bells Beach: There are tons of surfing fun to be had at this beach. In the early morning, you can see wild kangaroos playing about in the grasslands.
- Angahook-Lorne State Park: The paths that lead to Lorne and Aireys Inlet are particularly beautiful and rewarding. At Teddy’s Lookout, you can get a nice view of the winding Great Ocean Road.
- Marriner’s Lookout: Take the time to take pictures of Apollo Bay’s three different bays from this lookout.
- Cape Otway Lighthouse: Climb Australia’s oldest light station (in operation since 1848), to watch passing ships, whales and the marvelous blue ocean.
Walks To Take
- Otway Fly Tree Top Adventures: Don’t miss walking along the treetops, 25 feet up from the ground. This enchanted skywalk leads you to a lovely old cool temperate rainforest full of Mountain Ash trees, Myrtle Beech and Blackwood trees. If you’re feeling more adventurous, take the spiral stairway to a higher walkway.
- Lake Elizabeth, Forrest: Take a canoe through the water and get a glimpse of the 100 million-year-old platypus, the only egg-laying mammal in the world, in its natural habitat. Enjoy the lush rainforest with its beautiful plants, pools, and sights.
- Surf Coast Walk: There’s a lovely 30 km of coastal walkway starting from Jan Juc Beach, which passes Aireys Inlet and Anglesea on the way to Moggs Creek in the Angahook-Lorne State Park. This walk has many access points from the road, so you can do walk it in parts.