One of the most picturesque areas of Victoria offering fantastic and scenic views. Visit Torquay, Lorne, Apollo Bay, and see the ocean-sculptured Twelve Apostles and the Shipwreck Coast. Experience the waterfalls, treeferns and scenery of the Otway rainforest. Inland, there are lakes, historic towns and wonderful old heritage properties to enjoy. The Great Ocean Road region stretches westwards from the regional city of Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula to the South Australian border. Along with ocean views, the region contains laidback coastal towns and maritime villages. There are plenty of opportunities for bushwalking, swimming, surfing, fishing and whale watching. The Great Ocean Road hugs the contours of Victoria’s rugged south west coast, taking visitors on one of Australia’s greatest and most spectacular coastal drives. From Torquay to Nelson, almost 300 kilometres to the west, the road snakes past cliffs, scenic lookouts, waterfalls, rainforests and sunken ships.
One of the most visited stretches of the road is Port Campbell National Park, home to significant areas of native bushland and fauna. Buffeted by wild seas and fierce winds, the coastline has been sculpted over millions of years to form a series of striking natural features. Wander the boardwalks and paths at the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge, Bay of Islands and Loch Ard Gorge.
The Great Ocean Road has a rich maritime past. Historic towns such as Port Fairy and Portland allow you to enjoy seafaring village life, with their fishing wharves, old pubs and beautifully preserved colonial buildings. As well, a number of ships from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have foundered off the rugged shipwreck coast, and their histories are recounted in many of the museums in the region.
Restaurants and cafés in lively coastal communities offer freshly caught seafood or a latte fix. Surfing is a major draw. The resort town of Torquay is widely regarded as Australia’s surfing capital and nearby Bells Beach hosts the Rip Curl Pro, part of the surfing World Professional Tour, attracting many of the world’s best board riders each Easter.
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