Arguably Australia’s most spectacular driving experience, the Great Ocean Road should be at the top of any adventurers travel bucket list. Here you are guaranteed to find picturesque coastline, friendly seaside towns and world-class nature encounters. A visit to the Land Down Under just wouldn’t be complete without ticking the famous 12 Apostles off your list. Our guide will go through some of the highlights to make sure that you see the very best of this beautiful coastline.
If you want to be wowed by nature’s true beauty, the 12 Apostles are simply a must-see. What are they you might ask? These rock formations rise from the Southern Ocean and cast a dramatic silhouette. Visit at sunrise to see them in all of their glory (and to avoid the hordes of tourists that arrive soon after). The Apostles were created by the erosion of limestone cliffs millions of years ago. You will find the 12 Apostles approximately 275 kilometres from the capital of Melbourne, or four hours drive along the Great Ocean Road. Make sure your camera is charged and at the ready!
Travellers in search of a authentic Australian surf beach will find just that at Bells Beach located just a stone’s throw from Torquay on the southern Coast of Victoria. Surrounded by cliffs, Bells Beach offers visitors the ideal coastal viewing platform. Surf enthusiasts will be in surf-heaven with waves over 10 feet! Spend an hour or a day absorbing the genuine Aussie beach atmosphere at this curve in the coastline.
It would be a crime to visit the Great Ocean Road without exploring one or more of the charming seaside villages. Nestled in a sheltered bay, Port Campbell is a vibrant hub offering cosy restaurants, boutique galleries & stores, alfresco cafes and beautiful scenery. It is a great base to throw yourself into the surrounding nature.
At the southernmost point of the Great Ocean Road lies cape Otway, home to Australia’s oldest lighthouse. From the lighthouse you can experience jaw-dropping views of Bass Strait and enjoy homemade scones in the onsite cafe. Surrounding the lighthouse you can also see Victoria’s most remote and beautiful rainforest.
One of the more visited destinations on the Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay is a picture-perfect seaside town nestled at the foothills of the Otways. Here you can enjoy freshly caught seafood at local restaurants, get lost in antique stores or participate in one of the many water sports on offer. If you’re a lover of fruits of the sea, then this is the perfect stopover for you. For a unique travel experience, enjoy a sunset horse ride along the beach. Sounds perfect to us!
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