The Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic coastal drives, not in just Australia, but in the world.
An Australian National Heritage listed attraction, the Great Ocean Road is about 240-kilometres long. It stretches along the coast of Victoria in between the towns of Torquay and Allansford. Between Torquay and Allansford there are other towns with their own popular attractions. The road took 13 years to build. It was completed in 1932 as a memorial to Victoria’s soldiers from the First World War. It is a reminder for those who served and sacrificed in the war.
Port Campbell (Twelve Apostles)
Port Campbell is known as the home of the Twelve Apostles. Visitors from around the world take the Great Ocean Road trip to see the Twelve Apostles. Because of weather and erosion, there are now only eight of the original Apostles left. The Apostles are made of limestone which is a rock mainly made of calcium carbonate. One of the best times to view the Twelve Apostles is during sunrise and sunset.
Apollo Bay is one of the more well-known towns in Victoria. It is full of beaches and there are many great locations across the town to watch the sunset or sunrise. Some of the best spots are Apollo Bay Beach and Marriner’s Lookout, which have views of the town and beach. Apollo Bay has a lot to offer with its waterfalls, streams and beaches. At the beaches you can surf, fish or go boating. With so much to do at Apollo Bay, you’ll find yourself busy when visiting this town.
Lorne is one of the favourite seaside towns on the Great Ocean Road. Lorne offers one of the most popular surfing spots at Lorne Beach. This is the only patrolled beach in the town. Lorne has some great wineries in the area to visit and try out some of the favourite local wines. There are waterfalls like Erskine Falls and Lower and Upper Kalimma Falls. These waterfalls are beautiful and surrounded by greenery. To see most of the waterfalls in Lorne requires a walk. Doing the walks allows you to see wildlife and stunning sights along the way.
Kennett River is the best place to find koalas on the Great Ocean Road. The best place to find them is along the Kennett River Koala Walk. You can usually spot one within the first six kilometres of the walk. You can also spot some Australian native birds like the king parrot, rosellas and kookaburras.
Cape Otway (Otway Rainforest)
Cape Otway is surrounded by the Great Otway National Park. The national park is a beautiful rainforest. You can take some walking tours of Otway Rainforest to see spectacular waterfalls. Be sure to visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse. It is Australia’s longest serving lighthouse, operating since 1846.
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