Things to Do in Great Ocean Road
The winding road of the Great Ocean Road weaves around the jagged clifftops of Victoria’s picturesque coastline. Starting from the east in the town Torquay and spanning a whopping 243km, the road hosts plethora of seaside wonders, with an astonishing range of scenery every way you look! Feast your eyes on the jaw-dropping views of the deep royal blue ocean and watch the white waves crash on the rocks below. The Great Ocean Road is not only a picturesque sensation but is also bursting with unforgettable sights for the whole family.
See the Natural Wonders
The Great Ocean Road stretches the entire coastal area, guaranteeing a range of magical attractions. But by far one of the greatest wonders, and most recognisable is the famous 12 Apostles. A series of glorious limestone stacks emerging from the choppy sea are an unforgettable sight to see. Forming millions of years ago from the weather and sea moulding them over time, these stacks were once a part of the coastal mainland. But due to this continuous erosion due to natural forces, the apostles will eventually cease to exist, making the Twelve Apostles a truly exceptional sight to see while it remains. Visitors can see the stacks at the cliff tops, the beach below, or from a bird’s eye view via helicopter.
Learn the History
The road is not only Australia’s greatest scenic drive but is also holds a historic significance for all Australian citizens. Built by the returning servicemen World War I, these soldiers carved out the jagged cliff to form a permanent memorial to those who died in the war. Visitors can stop at the Memorial Arch set at the beginning of the road and learn more about the incredible sacrificed these past soldiers made.
Enjoy the Towns
Scattered along the Great Ocean Road is a number of exceptional beachside towns. These towns are all overflowing with fantastic goodies, from incredible food, pristine beaches, and awesome markets, locals open their arms wide for tourists to come calling. Towns such as Lorne, Apollo Bay and Anglesea are all hopping. Fantastic for either a quick lunch stopover or an overnight stay on your coastal journey.
Meet the Local Wildlife
Take in the natural attractions this area has to offer at the Otway’s National Park. Renowned for its walks and waterways, visitors can trek their way through the bushland to spot the ancient trees scattered within the forest scenery. No matter what level of fitness you are, there is a walking track for you! With incredible treks that last only a short hour, or others which expand hidden the thick forestland and last all day. For all the animal lovers out there, the Great Ocean Road is home to a lot of popular Australian animals. Why not see the famous Australian Koala in its natural habitat at Kennett River. You can also catch sight of the colourful birds that live among the trees there, such as Lorikeets, Parrots, and the famous kookaburra.
Surf the Waves
For surfers or sea lovers in general, the southern coast of Victoria is renowned for being in the top beach regions around. Travellers can cruise down the road and stop at a number of beaches sprinkled along the coast. Popular beaches include the surf capital of Victoria, Bell’s beach, home to the longest running surf competition in the world. From smaller, isolated beaches with amazing rock pools, Rivernook and Station are a treat!
No matter if you are nature lover, a surf pro, or simple traveller looking for the great sights, the Great Ocean Road is for you!