Nature & Wildlife

Keep your eyes peeled!

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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Otways

Cape Otway Accommodation Victoria

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Port Fairy

Killarney Beach

A beach for the ages and a hidden...

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Otways

Wildlife in the Otways

The Otways are home to many of Australia’s favourite locals including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, platypus, koalas,...

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Port Fairy

Tower Hill State Game Reserve

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

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Aireys Inlet

Beaches of Aireys Inlet

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12 Apostles

Anchor yourself in nature in Port Campbell

Are you looking for somewhere peaceful and tranquil to stay whilst you explore the raw and rugged 12 Apostles region? Somewhere...

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12 Apostles

Wake up to the Iconic 12 Apostles Coast and Hinterland

The 12 Apostles Coast and Hinterland makes for a perfect destination to spend a few days to create some real memories and fall in...

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Anglesea

Pet-Friendly Walks in Anglesea

Anglesea has a myriad of options for walking with your pooch – from on leash tracks to off leash beach runs! Anglesea has it...

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Apollo Bay

Wildlife in Apollo Bay

Did someone say glow worms?! Home to many favourite locals including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, platypus, koalas, glow...

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Otways

Top 10 Things to do in the Otways

There are so many fantastic Otways attractions that showcase nature at its best, making a trip here an unforgettable one. Below...

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Port Fairy

Beaches Trail

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View through the lookout railing of the ocean looking east
12 Apostles

The Gables lookout

The Gables lookout perches above some of the tallest coastal cliffs in Australia and is located on the Great Ocean Walk between...

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Warrnambool

Whale Watching in Winter

When you think of winter holiday destinations, you don’t automatically think of the beach do you?  Well in Victoria, many...

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Anglesea

Anglesea Heath

Come discover a natural gateway, where the bush meets the ocean. We’ve got flora, fauna and nature-loving...

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Portland

National Parks near Portland

Tucked away in Victoria’s southwest corner, it is the western gateway to the Great Ocean Road – one of Victoria’s...

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12 Apostles

Coastal Flora in the 12 Apostles Coast Region

The sculpted cliff top carpet provides an almost comical homage to the power of wind that shapes it into form. Take a closer look...

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Portland

Whale Watching in Portland

Whale watching in and around Portland is at its peak over the winter period where the coastline plays host to many of the...

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Warrnambool

Hopkins Falls

Hopkins Falls are set in lush dairy country. They make an ideal picnic, fishing and walking spot, with gas BBQs and toilets...

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Anglesea

Wildlife in Anglesea

Anglesea offers a swag of wildlife encounters of the furry, feathery and fin-flapping kind. Keep your eyes peeled, your ears...

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Apollo Bay

Whale Watching in Apollo Bay

Each year between May to October, whales migrate from polar waters to calve in cool temperate waters near the coast....

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Couple standing at Red Rock Lookout overlooking the volcanic plains
Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Red Rock Lookout

Enjoy the views over Victoria’s largest permanent inland lake.  Look over to the west and you will see scattered volcanic...

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Portland

Tour the art, roses & lavender of Narrawong

If you’re staying in Portland or Port Fairy, make sure you spend a day in the beach-side village of Narrawong and its...

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12 Apostles

A deeper connection

It’s a beautiful wild place, so exposed to the elements. Surrounded by National Park and spectacular cliffs. What’s not to...

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Torquay

Torquay: A Cafe + Shopping Hub On The Great Ocean Road

Our final stop on the Great Ocean Road was a beautiful one when we...

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Be Inspired

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Dusk Discovery Tours at Wildlife Wonders

The perfect addition to your weekend plans. Running every Saturday...

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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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Visit Great Ocean Road

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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Female looking towards the Port Campbell Bay and Jetty at sunset
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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