Nature & Wildlife

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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 fauna.

Beaches

From Torquay to Portland and beyond there are literally hundreds of bay and ocean beaches to choose from, and they are magnificent all year round. In summer they act as a cool retreat, while in...

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National Parks

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Rivers, Lakes & Reserves

Beautiful lakes and rivers are scattered across the Great Ocean Road Region. Each with their own unique history & recreational activities....

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Trails & Lookouts

Trails that lead to waterfalls, lookouts, iconic ocean vistas and volcanic plains. The diverse landscape of the Great Ocean Road region is just waiting to be...

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Waterfalls

With its diverse terrain and coastal margin, the entire Great Ocean Road region is a natural for waterfalls. Typically they offer shady respite from summer days and walkable access through forest...

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Whale Watching

Each year, the coastline plays host to 25 different species of migrating whales, including Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales and Orcas. Try the Winter Whale Trail from the 12...

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Wildlife

The Great Ocean Road region locals inlude kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, platypus, koalas, glow worms, birds, seals, penguins and even the occasional migrating whale...just to name a...

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Winter Whale Trail

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Port Fairy's Botanic Gardens

Established in 1859, Port Fairy’s Botanic Gardens were once described as “the handsomest of any provincial town”....

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8 Reasons To Wake Up To Port Fairy & Surrounds

So you’ve landed in the charming seaside village of Port Fairy the perfect place to base yourself and explore. Port Fairy and...

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Bay of Islands Coastal Park

This coastal park has outstanding ocean views and geological features. Sheer cliffs and rock stacks dominate the bays, and...

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Watching the Mutton Birds in Port Fairy

The bird we commonly call the mutton-bird is the short tailed shearwater...

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The Crags and Deen Maar (Lady Julia Percy) Island

A short drive west of Port Fairy is the Crags, a wild and scenic section of the coastline with calcified tree roots, jagged...

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Dog Friendly Beaches & Parks in Port Fairy

Whether an inter-state traveler or a South West Victorian local, there are some very good reasons to get out and explore our...

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Hopkins Falls

The Hopkins River meanders through the Moyne Shire until it reaches Wangoom where it plunges down a rocky escarpment before...

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Tower Hill State Game Reserve

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve sits inside an extinct volcano formed some 30,000 years...

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Beaches of Port Fairy

Nothing says Aussie summer like a holiday to the beach. Port Fairy is the place to take a dip in the bay or hang five on the...

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Koroit Botanic Gardens

Take a break in the refreshing, lush and green Koroit Botanic...

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Crofts Beach

Scenic and good for the soul, this windswept coastline offers unexpected treats likes sea swimming far from the madding...

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Peterborough Beach

Peterborough beach is approximately an hours drive from Port Fairy. Expect salt spray, breezy fun, lots of swims and lazy beach...

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Tower Hill: A geological, wildlife and cultural wonder

It is hard to drive past Tower Hill Reserve on the highway from Warrnambool to Port Fairy and not be...

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Beaches Trail

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Ralph Illidge Sanctuary

The Ralph Illidge Sanctuary is a peaceful, relaxed and scenic reserve which is a safe haven for a variety of animals, flora and...

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Killarney Beach

A beach for the ages and a hidden...

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Kanawinka Geotrail

Kanawinka  Geotrail, a region of amazing geological diversity stretching from Colac (on the Princes Highway 200 kilometres from...

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Childers Cove

Around 20 kms from Warrnambool, at the western end of the 12 Apostles coastline. A beautiful small beach with a bluff crossing...

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Meet the Locals: Sisters, Zoe and Jazmin

Zoe and Jazmin Royal are Yambuk locals, based near their family farm just a few minutes west of Port Fairy. The sisters love that...

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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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How and where to find Glow Worms

Do you know there are glow worms in the Great Otway National Park, just 10 minutes from Lavers Hill on the Great Ocean...

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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

10 Outings with the kids in Warrnambool

Warrnambool is a fantastic family-friendly destination. with bucket loads of things to do, from exciting locations to explore to wildlife and...

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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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Torquay

A Nurtured Environment

The entirety of the Surf Coast region is renowned for its pristine environment and there’s a strong local culture that has created...

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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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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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Want to know the most scenic spots? Here's your checklist.

The Great Ocean Road region, from Torquay to Nelson and inland to places like Casterton and Colac, has some of the beautiful and diverse scenery in...

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My favourite places to recentre and commune with nature

When I feel like it’s time to clear the cobwebs, I like to explore new places, commune with nature and re-centre myself. This time, I chose the...

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The rock formations of the Great Ocean Road

These massive rock formations, carved from the crashing waves and weather elements are big, beautiful and display the most magnificent colors that...

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6 Ways nature can soothe the soul

Spending time in nature on the Great Ocean Road at any time of the year is good for the soul. Here are six top spots revealed by a Parks Victoria...

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Q & A with Area Chief Ranger for Shipwreck Coast and Hinterland

Michael D Smith, is the Area Chief Ranger for Shipwreck Coast and Hinterland, Parks Victoria. Find out about his top tips for exploring the...

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12 Apostles

Rediscover the 12 Apostles Coast & Hinterland from Port Campbell

If you have been looking for the perfect weekend getaway, filled with picturesque landscapes, bucket list destinations, outdoor adventures and...

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Farm Stays - a fun holiday for everyone

Staying on a farm is a unique way to holiday! Not only do you have lots of fresh air, open space and cute farm animals to yourself, you might just...

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Tower Hill: A geological, wildlife and cultural wonder

Travel writer Silke was thrilled to find a dormant volcano near Warrnambool and to discover more about its geology and resident...

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, past present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.