The Great Ocean Road offers some of this country’s best coastline, and most accessible rainforests, beaches and cliffs.
Explore one of Australia’s most spectacular adventure destinations – the Great Ocean Road. Located just a short-drive from Melbourne and major regional cities, the Great Ocean Road offers some of this country’s best coastline, and most accessible rainforests, beaches and cliffs.
It is an Australian National Heritage listed 243 kilometre stretch of road between Torquay and Allansford in Victoria that is made for weekend adventures or week long treks! Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932, the road is the world’s largest war memorial and is dedicated to soldiers killed during World War 1.
Surf and swim at the renowned Bells Beach. Or take your board to the breaks at Johanna and Woolamai.
Take on some or all of the Great Ocean Road Walk. Hear the thunder of waterfalls and see beautiful gorges as you make your way through the Great Otway National Park.
Marvel at Mother Nature’s power and beauty at the Loch Ard Gorge. Visit London Arch and see what is left after London Bridge collapsed into the ocean.
Fish from the beach or from the freshwater rivers – this is an angler’s paradise.
Kayak along the coast or discover the lakes, rivers or estuaries.
A holiday to the Great Ocean Road would be incomplete without stopping at the magnificent Twelve Apostles, one of Australia’s greatest natural wonders.
Adventurers have so many options to discover along this majestic coastline. Activities include fishing, surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, bushwalking, mountain biking and boating to name a few. There is a lot to see and do.
Kayak, swim, surf or fish at stunning Apollo Bay. Put on a mask and explore the fantastic sites for scuba diving and snorkelling.
Visit the Split Point Lighthouse, near Airey’s Inlet, made famous by Paul Jenning’s “Round the Twist” book.
Go to Teddy’s Lookout, Lorne, for outstanding views of the Great Ocean Road coastline and St George River. The connecting Queen’s Park Lookout loop takes you to three look outs with panoramic views.
Get your camera and capture the magnificence of the Grotto – a combination of blowhole, arch and cave.
See the distinctive granite peaks of the You Yangs rise from the flat volcanic plains between Melbourne and Geelong. The park is great for mountain biking, bushwalking and birdwatching.
Explore the Great Ocean Road Walk which has 104 kilometres of walking trails that closely follow the coastline. This sensational walk stretches from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles and takes approximately eight days to complete. Meander along high cliff tops and along sandy beaches. Choose a short trail, day walk or test your stamina on the full walk. The section between Apollo Bay and Cape Otway are suitable for all fitness and experience levels, while it becomes more challenging when it reaches the rugged terrain next to Ryans Den.
See koalas, wallabies, echidnas, reptiles and many birds along the way. Feel like a night trek? Look for the spectacular glow worms along the way!
Here the roar of the Triplet Falls when you go on the Triplet Falls Rainforest Walk. This incredible walk takes you to one of the most brilliant waterfalls in the Great Otway Park. Walk through a forest of Mountain Ash and Myrtle Beech trees to the main falls.
Saddle up and explore over 40 kilometres of tracks through bush in the Great Otway National Park. Go through eucalyptus forests and dense fern gullies.
Hold on to your handlebars and go downhill as you ride through the You Yangs Regional Park. Explore the purpose built XC and downhill trails. The trails are for riders of all abilities and are split into two sections; Western Plantation and the Stockyards. The Western Plantation is a 30 kilometre single track loop with log ride and boardwalk. The Stockyards has 13 downhill rides and XC trails totalling 35 kilometres.
If you like to jump then visit the Anglesea Bike Park Mountain Cross Track.
There are so many tracks to explore. Around Anglesea go on the Beach View and Kangaroo Trail, Best of Anglesea Ride, Wildflower and Wattle Ride and Anglesea Heath Mountain Bike Adventure.
Anglers can fish the ocean or fresh waters along the Great Ocean Road. Along the coast you can catch snapper, tuna and Kingfish tasty dinner options for the table.
Apollo Bay and Lorne offer some of the best fishing spots and fantastic pier fishing. Drop your line and hook a silver trevally, salmon, haddock, mullet, barracuda and squid.
Port Campbell Pier has impressive scenery and is a fantastic place to hook a salmon, squid or trevally.
Hear your line go zing at Newfield Bay as you take the hit from salmon in the inshore gutters. Seals racing through the water are a tell tail sign that salmon are in the gutter.
Target salmon, gummy shark and mulloway at the Narrawong Beach – this is magnificent beach fishing.
The freshwater river systems have river bream and whiting. Target bream in the estuarine waters of the Hopkins River. Cast a line in the Aire River, Gellibrand River and the Glenelg River. The harbour around Apollo bay toward Marengo has beautiful streams filled with fish.
Launch your kayak and paddle out to sea and explore the Great Ocean Road bays and waves. Or take your kayak and discover the lakes, rivers and estuaries. Whether you are a beginner or are experienced there is a lot to see and do.
Paddle out and see seal colonies or see platypus in the Great Otway National Park.
Take in Torquay and Bells Beech, Lorne, Wye and Kennet River villages. Visit Apollo Bay and the seal colony at Henty Reef. Explore Cape Otway and see the lighthouse and amazing beaches along the way to the 12 Apostles.
Explore the Point Danger Marine Park at Torquay. Feel the adrenaline as you catch the waves or have a more sedate paddle and glide across the calmer waters.
Go to the Gellibrand River or Curdies River and paddle the beautiful waters. Explore the volcanic lakes at Lake Bullen Merrin and Purrumbete.
Accommodation options on the Great Ocean Road are diverse, and can be heavily populated. They include camping, hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, self-contained apartments, cottages or cabins.
Some great camping areas off the beaten track include:
- Pritchards – Lower Glenelg National Park
- Sawpit – Mount Clay State Forest
- Lake Elizabeth – Great Otway National Park
- Jackass Fern Gully – Cobboboonee State Forest
- Kennett River Holiday Park - Kennett River
Some dog friendly campsites include:
- Johanna Beach – flat grassy sites located behind the dunes. You can surf and swim here!
- Beauchamp Falls Reserve
- Stevenson Falls Reserve
Bushwalkers are required to register with Parks Victoria if undertaking the Great Ocean Walk. Campsites must be booked in advance.
There are limited public toilets along the Great Ocean Road.
- Carry a towel or microfibre cloth to wipe off the sea spray from your camera when travelling to the exposed scenic areas.
- Wear shoes with good grip as access paths and stairs can become slippery when wet.
Check local events prior to arranging your travel itinerary. Victorian school students flock to the region for a week in November for their end of school celebrations. Tourists and competitor numbers increase during the Bell’s Beach Pro, Mountain to Surf and Lorne Festival. Accommodation options can be limited during these times. Avoid these times if you want less populated holiday.