Discover the hidden gems that not many people know about on the Great Ocean Road.

Most people recognise the Great Ocean Road for its iconic attractions like the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, and The Grotto. But most don’t know there are many other attractions that are lesser known, but still worth visiting.

As you’re making your way down Australia’s most famous road, make sure you check out these hidden gems along the way!

1. Kennett River

Kennett River is a small town on the Great Ocean Road. This town is one of the main places where you can see koalas in their natural habitat. You can do the Koala Walk and wander through the blue gums and spot the furry animals up high in the trees.

2. Hopetoun Falls

Hopetoun Falls is a picturesque waterfall in the Otway National Park. The waterfall drops 30 metres into the rocky pool below. If you’re lucky, you might spot a platypus! Surrounding the waterfall is a lush forest with trees, plants, and shrubs.

To view Hopetoun Falls, you can go to an upper platform or walk down the stairs and see the waterfall from the base.

3. Thunder Cave

Only a short drive from Loch Ard Gorge and Razor Back is where you can see and hear the Thunder Cave. The ocean rushes into the narrow cave which creates a thunder like sound. Really cool!
The cave was formed after millions of years of erosion from the ocean hitting the limestone and sandstone. The cave was once an arch before it collapsed, forming the Thunder Cave.

4. Point Addis Marine National Park

Point Addis Marine has beautiful scenery along the coastline with limestone and sandstone cliffs and a golden beach. The beach has incredible waves, making it perfect for surfing. You can go snorkelling and scuba diving to explore the waters and swim with a variety of marine life. Or chill out on the soft sand…

5. The Redwoods

Inside the famous Otway National Park, you’ll stumble across a different type of forest. In the middle of the Otways sits the very tall Californian Redwoods trees.

The redwood trees have been growing for more than 85 years and are over 60 metres tall. It’s believed these trees are still growing and can grow twice the height in the next 70 years. Make sure to stroll among these beautiful long trees. You’ll be in awe of the height and will feel like you’re in a fairy tale!

The Great Ocean Road is full of breathtaking views and discoveries. Along the 243 kilometre road, you can see incredible coastal views, iconic attractions, and hidden gems.

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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