The Great Ocean Road is full of beautiful things to see and do. This is no surprise to anyone who has been, considered going or has basically even heard of the must-see Victorian attraction.
We didn’t have a set itinerary for our Great Ocean Road trip but we wanted to ensure we saw as much as we possibly could in the time we had. Here are just some of the places you should add to your travels when you want to enjoy some of the Great Ocean Road highlights.
Great Ocean Road attractions
While making your way along the Great Ocean Road route you will be met with some breathtaking scenery. One of the things we loved was the designated pull over bays so you could stop and soak it all in and even snap some quick pictures.
The Great Ocean Road offers so many attractions that you won’t be short of things to see. While there are a lot of beautiful sights to enjoy along the drive, there is also a lot to see off the main route. Make sure you take the time to enjoy it all.
While Bells Beach is beautiful in its own right, I’m pretty sure the only reason Caleb really wanted to see it was because it was the set in the final scene in 1991’s action favourite, Point Break.
Like most of Australia’s beaches, Bells Beach is gorgeous and the perfect spot for a surf.
Split Point Lighthouse
We had plans to go and check out this lighthouse however on our way to finding a carpark we got sidetracked by the beach and caves below it.
While I’m sure the Split Point Lighthouse is amazing, you have to make time to check out Queenscliff Coastal Reserve. You can get right down to the beach and walk into the caves!
Location: Aireys Inlet
Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway
Have you really even been to the GOR if you don’t have a photo of the Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway? While the arch marks the beginning of the Great Ocean Road, it is so much more than that.
The Memorial Arch was erected as a tribute to the World War One servicemen that built the Great Ocean Road.
We stopped at Lorne Beach to stretch our legs after a long day of travel and enjoy some fish and chips. It is the perfect place for a picnic lunch with a view and we even got to watch the lifesavers practice.
Lorne Beach is a nice area with several picnic tables, park benches and toilet facilities. Keep in mind though that tourists flock there like seagulls so it does get busy.
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
When we hear the word ‘adventure’ in a name, we are there. Unfortunately, we were expecting a lot more than we got from this place. Yes, the forest was pretty but once you walked to the tower that was about all there was to see.
We did the Treetops Walk and for the cost, we were expecting more. For how long it takes you to get there and the experience, I wouldn’t be disappointed if we opted to do something else instead.
12 Apostles Great Ocean Road
The 12 Apostles are fast becoming a bucket list destination for anyone travelling Australia. There are probably a number of reasons for this – the limestone stacks are spectacular to see and they make up part of the Great Ocean Road. But I suspect another reason is that while there once was 12 Apostles, they are slowly declining and tourists want to catch a glimpse of them while they can.
Location: Port Campbell
When you are standing at the 12 Apostles viewing platform you will see two of the apostles to your left. If you want to see these rock formations from a closer viewing point, Gibson Steps offers just that!
86 naturally carved steps down will take you to the beach where you can marvel the two apostles, Gog and Magog. You will not be disappointed!
Location: Port Campbell
Loch Ard Gorge
If you want WOW factor from the Great Ocean Road, Loch Ard Gorge is where you will find it!
Take a minute to walk down the stairs instead of just viewing from the lookout. The front row seats of the ocean and cliff faces offer so much more than you will ever get from standing above with the dozens of other tourists. You will be in awe of its beauty.
If you have time, take your time to really embrace the magnificence!
Location: Port Campbell
London Bridge is falling down… well, it did back in 1991! Before the collapse, London Bridge was actually connected to the mainland.
London Bridge (also known as London Arch) is quirky and unique but still incredibly beautiful to see. As you would expect, there are some breathtaking sunrises and sunsets to be seen here.
Bay of Islands
If you haven’t seen enough limestone stacks yet, Bay Of Islands will fill the void. Unfortunately when we visited it was raining and gloomy but when the weather is nice, the Bay Of Islands is incredibly photogenic.
Where to stay Great Ocean Road
There are so many options when choosing where to stay on the Great Ocean Road and there is a style of accommodation for every type of traveller.
There are caravan and holiday parks, hotels and even National Park camping.
We stayed at the Discovery Parks Geelong and Discovery Parks Warrnambool (click them to read our reviews). If we were to do the trip again, we would also stay a night or two in Lorne so we had more time to see everything there.
Where does the Great Ocean start and end
The Great Ocean Road is full of picturesque views of cliffs, mountains and ocean that you must see at least once in your lifetime. The drive stretches for 243 kilometres and starts at Torquay and ends at Allansford near Warrnambool.
Take your time, enjoy the views and soak in all the spectacular sights that the Great Ocean Road has to offer!
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