Great Ocean Road Holidays
If the Great Ocean Road was simply an epically curvaceous drive along a seemingly endless, breathtaking coastline, that would be enough of a draw. Carved into sheer cliffs that drop away into the ocean, added joy comes in the stops you make along the way – some of which are highlighted below.
Standing tall, a scenic four-houre drive from Melbourne, the Twelve Apostles naturally demands attention. Found within Port Campbell National Park – renowned for its extraordinary wave-sculpted rock formations – this collection of limestone stacks off the Victoria coastline is possibly the most well-known landmarks on the Great Ocean Road. It is still an awe-inspiring sight to see these stone towers rising out of azure waters, punctuated by crashing waves. One of the best ways to view this stunning landmark is by helicopter tour, hiking along the Great Ocean Walk, or walking down to the beach at Gibson Steps for an unrivalled view from the ground.
Loch Ard Gorge
Also located within Port Cambell National Park, and another absolute must-see on your Great Ocean Road itinerary, is Loch Ard Gorge. This natural phenomenon is characterised by two parallel cliff faces, which are more akin to gigantic hallway walls, stretching out towards the sapphire Southern Ocean and punctuated by dramatic sprays from the incoming tide.
Maits Rest, in Otway National Parks, offers a glimpse of more hidden giants. Barely losing sight of the water, you’ll find yourself dwarfed by ferns and ancient rainforest trees covered in moss. Take a 30-minute return trek along a boardwalk constructed to maintain this delicate ecosystem. You may even be lucky enough to see some of the local wildlife, such as swamp wallabies, koalas and grey kangaroos.
The beautiful village of Apollo Bay is a popular stop on the Great Ocean Road. Located at the base of the Otways – a range which offers some of the best rainforest scenery in Australia, as well as waterfalls and impressive fern-fringed pools – the town is a great place to return to after a day of discovery.
Cape Otway Lighthouse
Not far beyond Apollo Bay – unless, that is, you’ve taken the quieter route and enjoyed this remarkable road in reverse – is Otway Lighthouse. It’s one of the best places to see wild koalas lazily chewing on the leaves of the eucalyptus trees they call home. For your own nourishment, take your pick from myriad roadside cafés serving up the freshest, locally sourced ingredients, not to mention the finest wines.
Site of the Rip Curl Pro Surfing Competition – the longest-running surf competition on the world tour – Bells Beach is a great spot to have a dip in the water or, if you are more into observing than participating, appreciate the surfers from afar from the sweeping sandy beach.
Formerly London Bridge – before erosion destroyed its connection to the mainland – this rock formation sits off Port Campbell National Park in Australia. The spectacle is now a standalone formation that makes for a sublime photo opportunity.
Great Ocean Road Itineraries
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