It’s regarded as one of premier scenic driving routes in Australia and it’s not hard to see why. A trip down the Great Ocean Road through southern Victoria will yield coastal gems around every bend. You’ll take in natural attractions, iconic surf breaks and cascading waterfalls, plus seaside towns, gourmet delights and an abundance of local and maritime heritage.
Begin your Great Ocean Road journey in the gateway city of Geelong to salt-encrusted Torquay – the home of surf culture, the renowned breaks of Bells Beach and iconic Australian labels such as Rip Curl and Quiksilver. The stretch from Lorne to Apollo Bay is considered to be the most picturesque with beautiful beaches and verdant rainforest at the base of the Otway Ranges.
Follow the road to Apollo Bay to enjoy the Great Ocean Walk to the towering 12 Apostles through secluded beaches, rugged coastline and stunning parklands. The historic towns of Port Fairy, Warrnambool and Queenscliff offer heritage Victorian-era buildings and plenty of seaside charm and maritime history in shops, cafes and restaurants. The road ends in Nelson in the west, and the opportunity to explore the Discovery Coast and Glenelg River on your trip of a lifetime.
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