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Great Ocean Road Highlights, Australia

Victoria Australia
Victoria Australia
Victoria Australia
Victoria Australia
Victoria Australia

Great Ocean Road Highlights, Australia

story by: Inspire Melbourne & Beyond

This spectacular 243 kilometre stretch of road passes famous surfing spots such as Bells Beach on the way to laidback Apollo Bay. You can venture onto the world’s highest and longest forest canopy walk in the Otway Ranges, before continuing on to see the iconic wave-battered Twelve Apostles which lie beyond here, along the aptly named Shipwreck Coast. During winter months whales can often be seen from the beaches near Warrnambool. Beyond historic Port Fairy, the touring route turns north into the Grampians with its rock escarpments, waterfalls and Aboriginal rock art, before heading for historic Ballarat and Sovereign Hill’s living museum. You can make this awe-inspiring coastal drive more fascinating by combining it with a route that explores the Grampians Mountains and the atmospheric goldmining town of Ballarat before heading back to Melbourne a total distance of 777 kilometres.

Highlights

• OTWAY TREE TOP WALK – Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the forest on this elevated boardwalk 600 metres long and 35 metres above ground. For the thrill seeker there is also a ‘zip-lining’ option where you can zip across the tree tops.

• TWELVE APOSTLES – Witness the rugged splendour of the famous 12 Apostles, magnificent rock stacks that rise up majestically from the Southern Ocean. Sunrise and sunset offer impressive views or splash out on the panoramic view enjoyed by helicopter.

• GIBSONS STEPS – Take 86 steps down to the beach to be dwarfed by the 70-metre high vertical cliffline. Walk along the beach to the enormous offshore rock stacks – Gog and MaGog.

• BELLS BEACH – Anyone who has seen Point Break will want to make a stop at this surf beach! With its high cliffs and large swells, it is an impressive spot with great views along the coast.

• PORT FAIRY – This charming fishing village has wide streets lined by nineteenth century cottages, old stone churches, boarding houses and inns with more than 50 buildings classified by the National Trust.

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