The Great Ocean Road is one of the most iconic drives in Australia and is considered one of the best scenic drives in the entire world. The drive follows the coastline of the Indian Ocean on the southern coast of Australia in Victoria and features some of the most iconic views in the country. The drive starts out in the capital of Victoria, Melbourne, next is Australia’s surf capital of Torquay, then it is on to Apollo Bay, driving westward onto Port Campbell National Park, and the final destination is the historic fishing village of Port Fairy.
Places to See on the Great Ocean Road
When you take the journey on the Great Ocean Road, you see how Mother Nature has carved through the limestone cliffs along the southern coastline of Australia. Along this easy drive, witness the variety of Victoria in the varying landscapes: beaches, rainforest, volcanic crater, and cliffs. Take your time to stop and see all of the features and wildlife along the way.
The Surf Capital of Torquay
The town of Torquay is the surf capital of Australia and the first stop on the Great Ocean Road. Bells Beach is a famous beach in Torquay and the birth place of surf brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver. Even if you are not into surfing, or looking for things to do in addition to surfing, the snorkelling, beach walks, and beachside fun are all popular things for tourists to do while here. You can also see the World Surfing Museum. Dine at the ocean side cafes and eateries and relax in the salt air spas that are very popular here.
Lorne is a seaside village with beautiful beaches that contrast the bush landscape just inland. It has a relaxed Mediterranean flair and a very artsy community vibe. Boating and fishing are popular things to do in Lorne. Lorne is a prime spot during whale watching season.
Great Otway National Park
Otway National Park covers a large area from Torquay south to Cape Otway; it runs through Lorne and Apollo Bay. The park is filled with natural wonders that are quite different from the ocean and beach that dominates other points along the road trip. The National Park is known for waterfalls and the rainforest. The Cumberland River, Loutit Bay, and gullies run through the park. Camping and picnicking are available in Otway National Park.
Port Campbell National Park
stop along the Great Ocean Road trip is Port Campbell National Park. It is home
to some of the most spectacular coastline attractions along the Great Ocean
Road and some of the most recognized rock formations in the world. Inside Port
Campbell National Park, you can see coastline structures including the 12
Apostles, Bay of Islands, the Grotto, Gibson Steps, Loch Ard Gorge, and the
London Arch. Erosion is weathering away at this land, so plan your road trip as
soon as possible, it is changing all the time. Budget Car Hire has the best choice in car hires.
The 12 Apostles
The 12 Apostles is one of the main destinations along the Great Ocean Road. Many people come just to see these magnificent structures that were given to us courtesy of Mother Nature. The limestone structures were originally part of the cliffs and have been carved out and eroded away over the last 10 or 20 million years. There never were 12 of them, originally there were 9 of them, but one fell in 2005 and soon others might be claimed back into the ocean.
The Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park
Along the Great Ocean Road between Cape Otway and Port Fairy is the Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park. It is soon to be an animal sanctuary and all-natural self-sustaining farm. You can spend about an hour here visiting with the animals and even pet and feed some of the furry residence. You can support their efforts while also getting a chance to be up close and personal with some of Australia’s famous native animals.
The last stop along the Great Ocean Road is Port Fairy. Despite what you may think, the picture above is a current photo of the quaint little fishing village. As you can imagine, fishing charters are popular here. You can also charter sightseeing or glass bottom boats. Other popular holiday agendas might include a walk along the beach, bird watching, or learning about the many shipwrecks that occurred off the coast of the town.