Embark on a journey of wonder along the Great Ocean Road. A journey that's a road trip of epic proportions, spectacular scenery and bucket-list action. Take the time to feel sand between your toes and rainforest-mist settle on your skin.
Immerse yourself in truly Big Nature, from the wild and unpredictable Southern Ocean, the intriguing 12 Apostles, vast volcanic plains and national parks steeped in history. Explore villages and seaside towns, hinterland hospitality and fine foodie trails.
Explore the best of the Great Ocean Road on our three-day getaway road trip.
Your first stop along the winding Great Ocean Road is Lorne. Stroll along the pier and get to know the town's Mediterranean feel and charming scenery. Browse boutique gift stores, cellars, tempting eateries and eclectic galleries. Set aside an hour or so for an easy walk to the spectacular Sheoak Falls and look for nesting birds in Swallow Cave.
Grab a seat right on the sandy beach of the Erskine River mouth and tuck into lunch at Swing Bridge Cafe, at the foot of the iconic suspension 'swing bridge'.
After lunch it's time to make your way from Lorne to Apollo Bay. The short drive will take longer than you think as you'll be powerless to resist the opportunities to take in the breathtaking views of this spectacular section of the road. Grab a snack at Wye River or Kennett River, where you can also spy resident koalas and king parrots.
You'll be ready for a delicious meal of locally caught seafood or fresh regional produce when you reach Apollo Bay, where you'll stay overnight.DestinationsApollo BayBase yourself in Apollo Bay at the foothills of the Otways to explore the Great Ocean Road region, 12 Apostles or stopover on the Great Ocean Walk.DestinationsLorneRelax and unwind in the seaside town of Lorne, attracting visitors for more than a century with its easy Mediterranean feel and charming scenery.Walking & hikingSheoak Falls and Swallow CaveCatch a glimpse of the waterfalls within 10 minutes on this quick and easy walk, and visit from spring to autumn to spy nesting birds at Swallow Cave.Wildlife, zoos & farmsKennett River koalasKeep your eyes peeled for the cuddly koalas, which spend most of their time in the crooks of eucalyptus trees, munching on leaves or having a snooze.
Make sure you take the chance to explore Apollo Bay before you set off for the day. Choose one of the many cafes for breakfast, then go for a stroll along the three-kilometre stretch of beach. Take the plunge into the bracing waters if you're feeling daring. And with weather permitting, fish and chips on the beach is a rite of passage for this part of the world.
Spend the afternoon driving along Turtons Track through the magnificent mountain ash, myrtle beech, blackwood and thick ferns of the Great Otway National Park rainforest to Beech Forest. Descend through glades of tree ferns and soak up the spray of the Hopetoun Falls, which plummet 30 metres into the Aire River.
And now the moment you've been waiting for. The 12 Apostles. These ancient limestone rock stacks rise up majestically from the Southern Ocean and are the star attractions of the Great Ocean Road. Grab a bite to eat from your overnight base in the colourful and lively seaside village of Port Campbell, then find a position to watch the spectacular sunset over the 12 Apostles. Bucket list, ticked.National parks & reservesGreat Otway National ParkThe Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay through to Princetown and up through the Otways hinterland towards Colac. The park features rugged...Lakes & waterwaysHopetoun FallsDescend through glades of tree ferns and soak up the spray as the Hopetoun Falls plummet 30 metres into the Aire River in the Great Otway National Park.Beaches & coastlines12 ApostlesWitness the rugged splendour of the famous 12 Apostles, magnificent rock stacks that rise up from the Southern Ocean on Victoria's dramatic coastline.DestinationsPort CampbellStop at Port Campbell on your Great Ocean Road trip and admire the spectacular coastline scenery of Port Campbell National Park and the 12 Apostles.
The stretch of coastline around Port Campbell is known as Shipwreck Coast and is dotted with intriguing limestone formations in addition to the 12 Apostles. Discover the eerie beach at Loch Ard Gorge, walk down the 70-metre cliff face via the Gibson Steps, and look out over the serene Bay of Islands. Bring your camera to capture the unique rock formations at London Bridge, The Arch and The Grotto.
Make Warrnambool your final destination. A visit to the award-winning Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village will bring to life the turbulent history of the Shipwreck Coast. Admire the historic lighthouses and see the infamous Loch Ard shipwreck of 1878 recreated with a fascinating sound and laser show.
Even a journey as spectacular as this one must come to an end. Take the inland route back along the Princes Highway and discover welcoming inland villages. You'll just have to return another time to get to know them better.Beaches & coastlinesLoch Ard GorgeStand on top of the cliff and you'll be amazed at the sheer size of the cliffs and the narrow opening out to sea at the Loch Ard Gorge.Beaches & coastlinesGibson StepsTake 86 steps down to the beach below to be dwarfed by the 70-metre high cliff line. Walk along the beach to the enormous offshore rock stacks.Beaches & coastlinesBay of IslandsChoose from two different viewing areas and get that perfect sunset picture of the Southern Ocean and the limestone stacks of the Bay of Islands.DestinationsWarrnamboolWonder at the beauty and terror of the Shipwreck Coast, catch a glimpse of a southern right whale, and explore the vibrant community of Warrnambool.Beaches & coastlinesLondon BridgeOriginally a natural archway and tunnel in a striking offshore rock formation, London Bridge collapsed in 1990 and became a bridge without a middle.Maritime historyFlagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and VillageFlagstaff Hill Maritime Village has just undergone a major redevelopment, that included interactive digital installations throughout the village, a full...