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Overview

Nelson

Complete your Great Ocean Road journey at Nelson and explore the Discovery Coast, Glenelg River and Princess Margaret Rose Cave. Wander along remote ocean beaches, take a river cruise and experience the beauty of the surrounding Lower Glenelg National Park.

Cruise up the river

Take a leisurely boat ride up the Glenelg River, which winds 400 kilometres from the ocean at Nelson up to the Grampians Ranges in the north. It's ideal for canoeing and fishing and there are boat launching ramps at several points along the river or you can hire a canoe in town. Sign up for a river cruise and make your way through the spectacular limestone gorge, up to 50 metres deep in places.

Rugged coastal wilderness

Take in the splendour of Discovery Bay on the ocean side of Nelson. Marvel at the massive sand dunes on the 50-kilometre long beach – some of the largest in Victoria. Surf the mighty waves of the wild Southern Ocean or get up close to native flora and fauna on a relaxing stroll along a section of the Great South West Walk.

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Things to do

Nelson

Great trails

Great South West Walk

Discover isolated beaches, limestone cliffs rising out of a broad river and peaceful bushland on the spectacular 250-kilometre Great South West Walk.

National parks & reserves

Discovery Bay Coastal Park

This remote coastal park protects 55km of ocean beach. Inland, the park encompasses high coastal cliffs, huge rolling sand dunes and freshwater lakes...

National parks & reserves

Princess Margaret Rose Cave

Cruise up the Glenelg River or drive into the national park to Princess Margaret Rose Cave, one of the most spectacular limestone caves in Australia.

National parks & reserves

Lower Glenelg National Park

The Glenelg River is the central feature of the Lower Glenelg National Park. Along the last part of its winding 400 kilometre path to the sea the...

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Water sports

Canoeing and kayaking

Paddle out to sea on a kayak and explore the Great Ocean Road region from bays and ocean waves or take a canoe on the lakes, rivers and estuaries.

Outdoor activities

Walking and hiking

Walk the Great Ocean Road region's stunning coastal tracks and ancient rainforest trails and see breathtaking ocean views or dramatic waterfalls.

National parks & reserves

Caves

Victoria has two cave systems that are open for the public. Go underground into limestone and lava caverns decorated with stalactites and stalagmites.

Nature & wildlife

Beaches and coastlines

Paddle, swim or surf in the crashing waves or take a relaxing stroll along the clean, golden sands of some of Australia's best beaches.