The Great Ocean Road Experience
Great Ocean Road - Photo Courtesy Summi
The Great Ocean Road is a 243 km stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia. It is one of Australia's great scenic coastline drives. Five highlights of your Great Ocean Road trip
Twelve Apostles, The spectacular coastline - Victoria’s dramatic south-west coastline covers an incredible range of scenery. See monster waves at the iconic surf spot of Bells Beach. Laze on the golden sands of Lorne. You can swim, surf, sea kayak or fish in Apollo Bay. Or soak up salty history in the charming old fishing village of Port Fairy. Visit Twelve Apostles, limestone stacks rising majestically from the Southern Ocean.
Great Otway National Park - From rainforests and rivers to old volcanoes and rugged coastlines, the Great Ocean Road showcases nature at it most diverse. In Great Otway National Park, visit thundering waterfalls and gorges and walk through the tops of ancient mossy trees. Cruise through gorges and past spectacular caves at Cape Bridgewater. You can see deserted sandy beaches, thick forests and some of Australia's highest sea-cliffs on the 91km Great Ocean Walk.
Anglesea - The Great Ocean Road is really one long, curving spectator stand for native animals. In Warrnambool, you can watch southern right whale whales during their annual migration. See koalas, kangaroos, emus and waterbirds roam freely at Tower Hill State Game Reserve. Check out hundreds of fur seals at Cape Bridgewater and watch glow worms put on a spectacular light show at Melba Gully in the Great Otway National Park.
Food and Wine - The Great Ocean Road regions will take one to great dining and excellent wine regions. For seafood, step down to the wharf in any seaside town and be sure to visit the fishing co-ops in Lorne and Apollo Bay. Taste berries from farms in Colac, Heywood, Gellibrand and Deans Marsh. Get into the gourmet cheeses from delicatessens in Allansford, Timboon and Cooriemungle.
Aboriginal Culture - Aboriginal stories connect the landscapes of the Great Ocean Road, from Wathaurong country in Geelong to the Gunditjmara region of the west. Taste bush tucker, learn about ancient remedies and watch boomerang throwing and didgeridoo playing in Geelong. In heritage-listed Lake Condah, you’ll see the stone houses and fishing traps left from a permanent Aboriginal village.
Great Ocean Road is recommended for self drive itineraries