If you’re a fan of both beaches and road trips, then you must take a trip along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. This is a great way to see Victoria’s stunning coastline and dramatic ocean views with beautiful forests lining the road as you drive. If you enjoy Big Sur, CA in the USA, then the Great Ocean Road is a must in Australia. While it is possible to visit the area on a day trip from Melbourne, the best way to fully experience the views is to set aside several days so you can have time to fully experience the beaches, do some surfing, and enjoy the wildlife in the nearby parks. This guide shows you what to see and do, and offers some suggestions for Great Ocean Road Accommodation.
What To See And Do Along The Great Ocean Road
1.The 12 Apostles
The 12 Apostles are a series of beautiful rock stacks that were sculpted by wind and water at Port Campbell National Park. There are 7 rock stacks to view, not 12. The area can be crowded, as this is one of the highlights of the Great Ocean Road drive. Dusk is a great time to visit if you want to see some of the wildlife in the area such as Little penguins or the thousands of Short-tailed Shearwaters that appear at sunset. Whales are also a common site from this area. If you want to stay nearby, The Clifton Beach Lodge, has beautiful grounds and is 2 1/2 miles away in the town of Princeton and has a sun terrace with BBQ’s if you want to have your own BBQ for dinner.
2. Bells Beach
Bells Beach is known for its surfing, and is also a great spot to go skydiving or snorkeling. There are also some great walking trails at this beach. It’s the home of the world’s longest continuously running pro surfing competition, now known as the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. The surfer vibe is great here! There are no shops or restaurants at this beach, so make sure to bring your own food and water. There is a boardwalk and observation deck for some truly amazing views. If you are a golfer, the RACV Torquay Resort, set on an expansive golf course with spectacular ocean views is the place to stay. There is a restaurant here, day spa, and indoor pool.
3. See Koalas At Kennett River
There is a significant number of wild koalas at Kennett River, which is actually just a road surrounded by gum trees. There are also colorful King parrots at this location, so it’s definitely worth a stop. The best way to spot the koalas is to walk along the Grey River road, as it’s surround by a eucalyptus forest. Kennett River is halfway between Lorne and Apollo Bay. Located in Wongarra, Points South By The Sea, is a great place to stay nearby. Each unit has a balcony, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, and a fireplace. Hiking is nearby, and this hotel even has their own private beach.
4. Great Otway National Park
You can easily spend an entire day at Great Otway National Park. There is so much to explore from lakes, to wild beaches, waterfalls, and fern gullies. Highlights are Hopetoun Falls, the night time glow worms at the Melba Gully rain forest, Wreck Beach, and the 1848 Cape Otway Lightstation. The Seafarers Getaway at Apollo Bay is a great place to stay. These beachfront apartments have balconies for beach viewing, a grill area, full kitchens, and separate sitting areas.
5. Aireys Inlet