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With plenty to see and do on and around the Great Ocean Road, from adventure to total relaxation, from a romantic escape to a family holiday, you won't be left short on things to do - whatever your...

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Nature & Wildlife

The Great Ocean Road region offers so many different wildlife experiences - on land and in water in their natural habitat or ready made opportunities to get up close to the native...

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Outdoor Activities

Enjoy the tranquility of a kayak, the restorative benefits of a surf or great hike, or the adrenalin rush of mountain biking downhill. All you have to do is pick your...

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Simpson Lake with a bench in the foreground
Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Simpson

A proud rural community just 26km north of the 12 Apostles. Simpson is close to the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail including Apostle...

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Kanawinka Geo Trail

Follow meandering roads north from the coast to explore sublime volcanic landscapes and charming inland...

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Koroit Heritage Trail

Grab a brochure online or from the Koroit Bakery and treat yourself to a journey through the town’s fascinating...

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Female cycling along the Terang and Noorat bike trail
Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Terang and Noorat Bike Trail

This is a great trail with views north towards Mount Noorat and south towards the rise of Terang and its distinctive crown of...

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Lismore Water Tower

A water tower in the heart of Lismore has been revitalised by celebrated Warrnambool artist Jimmy Buscombe. Jimmy’s...

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Lady walking down the jetty at Lake Purrumbete
Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Lake Purrumbete

Lake Purrumbete is an attractive volcanic lake that fishes well for trout and chinook salmon. With an average depth of 45m and a...

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Couple sitting on Lake Colac pier
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Lake Colac

With a surface area of 2,778 hectares and a circumference of 33 kilometres, Lake Colac is the largest natural freshwater lake in...

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Female leaning on a dry stone wall looking towards Mount Elephnat
Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Ancient Views: Our Volcanic Lakes & Plains

The unique volcanic landscape in south-western Victoria was most likely formed from about two million years ago, when lava flowed...

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Couple sitting on a bench with Tea Tree Lake in the background
Volcanic Lakes & Plains

A day in Mortlake

Begin at the former Temperance Hall and step back into the mid 1850s when Mortlake was growing apace to serve the needs of hungry...

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Guy leaning against a dry stone wall
Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Dry Stone Walls

Western Victoria has up to 3,000km of the most dramatic and accomplished dry stone walls in Australia, historically and...

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Female walking through the main entrance of the Camperdown Botanic Garden
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Camperdown Botanical Gardens

These magnificent  gardens are perched above the two volcanic crater lakes of Lake Bullen Merri and Lake Gnotuk and are a...

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Person sitting at the end of the jetty at Lake Tooliorook
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Lake Tooliorook

Picturesque sand bottomed Lake Tooliorook is located 5km from Lismore. The lake offers good fishing and boating amenity and...

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Panoramic view of Deep Lake
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Deep Lake Recreation Reserve

Deep Lake is just 4.5km from the beautiful township of Derrinallum in South West Victoria and is located just off the Hamilton...

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Mount Elephant

Visible from 60 kilometres in every direction, Mount Elephant dominates the landscape and now you have the chance to put yourself...

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Lady walking down the jetty at Lake Purrumbete
Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Fishing in the Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Find your own space on this crystal clear volcanic lake on the southern outskirts of...

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

History of Macarthur

The land surrounding the township of Macarthur is rich and fertile. Evidence of volcanic activity is obvious as Mt Eccles. About...

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Couple walking along South Beach at Lake Bullen Merri
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Lake Bullen Merri - South Beach

Find your own space on this crystal clear volcanic lake on the southern outskirts of...

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View of the rotunda
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Tandarook Botanic Gardens

Tandarook Botanic Gardens, established in 1981, are located in a part of town and on a property that has had many...

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Female overlooking Lake Bullen Merri and Lake Gnotuk
Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Lake Bullen Merri and Gnotuk Lookout

A fantastic lookout. An interpretive sign describes the dynamics of the lakes and the reasons for their differing...

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Spend some time in Macarthur

Uncover a hidden gem. Settled on the banks of the Eumeralla River, Macarthur is the gateway to the spectacular Budj Bim National...

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Female on the Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail Trestle Bridge with a bicycle
Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail

The completed 34km Camperdown to Timboon trail is a wonderful family adventure, dotted with statuesque trestle bridges and...

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Op Shop 'til You Drop In The Volcanic Lakes And Plains Region

Are you ready to hit the road and find some quirky...

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Dreaming of Scotland? Trek Victoria's Volcanic Lakes and Plains

With a winter carpet of emerald green, morning mist on sapphire lakes, hill walking and charming historic towns you could be...

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View of the jetty leading into Lake Elingamite
Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Lake Elingamite

The crater rim above the lake offers great views and a strong impression of the volcanic nature of the...

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Port Fairy

Valentine's Day in Port Fairy

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, the Port Fairy region has extensive activities, restaurants and picnic sites to celebrate and spoil your...

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Port Fairy

Port Fairy - it's all you need for a girls' weekend

Port Fairy is THE BEST location for a girls’...

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Port Fairy

Our family break in Port Fairy

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Portland

Casterton - an inland trip worth exploring

If you’ve set up base in Portland for your summer holiday, you should know that there are some great inland day trips you can take to mix up your...

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Portland

Moonscapes & Mystical Caves

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Warrnambool

A big family weekend in Warrnambool

Time to round up the kids and head to the seaside city of FUN for the whole family in Warrnambool. A friendly and relaxed city that offers wildlife...

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Warrnambool

Our 24 hours of relaxation at Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs

Max and Faye Martin treated themselves to a night of luxury at the Deep Blue Hotel + Hot Springs after roughing it on the Great Ocean Road and had...

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Otways

Only have 48hrs in the Otways? Here's your guide.

The Otways is enchanting, captivating, picturesque and just two hours west of Melbourne. If you’ve only got 48-hours to spend in the area,...

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Warrnambool

Flagstaff Hill: Pioneers, shipwrecks & a sunken peacock

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and Museum has everything you need to know about the shipwreck history along Victoria’s south west...

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Warrnambool

First time visiting Warrnambool? Here's your ultimate guide.

There’s lots to see, do and experience in Warrnambool, so we’ve hand-picked a few essential need-to-knows to settle you into your beach...

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Aireys Inlet

Discover the Surf Coast Hinterland from Aireys Inlet

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Aireys Inlet

Must do's in Aireys Inlet

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Aireys Inlet

Get a feel for Aireys Inlet

Aireys Inlet, a gorgeous coastal hamlet, gateway to the peaceful curves of the Great Ocean Road and the dramatic nature of the Great Otway National...

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Lorne

6 Ways to love Lorne like a local

As local residents, we fall in love with Lorne every day, no matter what the...

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Lorne

A Long Weekend in Lorne

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Apollo Bay

Let the locals guide you in Apollo Bay

The team at Great Ocean Road Escapes are all locals, so it’s only natural that they suggest their favourite places to eat, shop and explore to...

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Torquay

Top 5 things to try in Torquay

Torquay is the perfect spot to spend a weekend on the beach during the warmer...

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Visit Great Ocean Road

A 3 day adventure with teenage appeal

Need to enthuse your teenager to come along on the family holiday? Here’s a super cool adventure in the Otways that the entire family can...

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