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Great Ocean Road Trip

Fasten your seatbelts, dear readers! We’re about to embark on an epic road trip along the Great Ocean Road, a 243-kilometre stretch of Australia’s stunning southeastern coastline. The journey, a beautiful spot between Torquay and Allansford, is often touted as one of the world’s most incredible coastal drives. Let’s delve into what makes it so breathtaking.

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Overview of the Journey

Meandering around rugged cliffs, we’re treated to the roaring Southern Ocean. The journey bursts with lush rainforests, towering limestone rock formations, adorable seaside towns, and coastal views that will amaze you. But it’s not just the drive; the memory-filled stops along the way create the whole picture.

Choosing the time of day and season to embark on this memorable road trip can significantly enhance your experience. Prefer mild spring weather or perhaps the heat of summer? Plan for a drive time that allows you to take in the stunner views at your leisure.
Depending on your pace and how many stops you want to make, the trip could take anywhere from a day trip to three days. Don’t forget to factor in time to stop and take in the stunning views and sights!

Pre-Trip Planning

Before we hit the road, let’s run through some pre-trip planning. From packing essentials to navigation, every successful road trip requires some preparation.
Pack clothing for various weather conditions, your trusty camera, and don’t forget your swimsuit for those irresistible beach vibes.

Essential Stops on the Great Ocean Road

Now, let’s talk about some of the must-see stops that make the Great Ocean Road one of the most epic road trips in the world.

Our journey starts in Torquay, Australia’s surf capital. Absorb the surf culture, take a lesson if you’re up for it, or watch the pros at work.

Bells Beach is a stone’s throw away, known worldwide for its spectacular surf waves. These beautiful beaches are perfect for catching some waves or simply lounging around soaking in the beach vibes.
Next up is Lorne, a charming town known for its arts community, beautiful beaches, and the lovely spot of Erskine Falls.
A short drive from Lorne takes us to the impressive waterfalls at Erskine Falls, nestled in the lush Otway Ranges. Cascading water in this tranquil setting is music to the ears.

Apollo Bay

Near the Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay offers a perfect stop for a relaxed lunch and beach walk, surrounded by incredible views.

Further on towards Port Campbell, prepare to have your breath taken away by the Twelve Apostles. These towering limestone stacks off the shore are natural wonders you won’t miss.

Otway National Park and the Shipwreck Coast

As we move along, we arrive at the expansive Otway National Park and the famous Shipwreck Coast. Remember to stop by the Otway Fly Treetop Adventures for an exhilarating walk among the trees.

While in the park, don’t miss the gorgeous Hopetoun Falls and the stunning view from Castle Rock.

Kennett River and its Wild Koalas

Kennett River offers a fantastic opportunity to see wild koalas in their natural habitat. Enjoy this unique experience as you take a stroll through the area.
Continuing along the Great Ocean Road, we reach Cape Otway, where the Cape Otway Lightstation stands as a sentinel over the rough seas. The views from here are simply magnificent.

Port Campbell National Park and London Bridge

Our journey takes us to Port Campbell National Park next. Here, we’ll explore the offshore stone archways, including the London Bridge – a natural bridge that’s a sight to behold

Don’t miss Gibson’s Steps, where you can descend to the beach and marvel at the sheer size of the offshore stone archways.

Where to Stay on Your Day Trip

From beachside cottages to rainforest retreats, let’s look at where to stay along the Great Ocean Road for your day trip.

Whether you’re in for luxury hotels or a cozy B&B, you’ll find options that fit every taste and budget.

Local Cuisine to Try

Your Great Ocean Road trip wouldn’t be complete without indulging in the local cuisine, especially Apollo Bay’s delectable scallops.

Conclusion and Memoria Arch

What an incredible journey it’s been, cruising along the Great Ocean Road. From the start at the surfing town of Torquay to our final stop at Port Fairy, each twist and turn of this scenic drive has offered us breathtaking views, unforgettable experiences, and a glimpse into Australia’s rich natural and cultural heritage. And as we drive under the iconic Memorial Arch, it’s time to say goodbye to this beautiful route, taking memories that will last a lifetime with us.


The time can vary, but a relaxed drive, including stops at points of interest, can take two to three days. For a shorter visit, a day trip can also provide a good taste of the road’s highlights.
Yes, there are plenty of campgrounds and caravan parks along the route.
You will find numerous petrol stations in the towns along the route.
You might spot koalas, kangaroos, and a variety of bird species.
It’s generally recommended to avoid driving at night due to wildlife activity and the winding nature of the road.
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