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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Anglesea

Beaches in Anglesea

Everyone loves the beach and there’s no better place to kick off your Anglesea Adventure! Summer or winter, there’s fun and...

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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

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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A lady posing for her photo too be taken from the viewing platform with the 12 Apostles in the background
12 Apostles

12 Apostles Viewing Platforms

The jewel in the crown of the Great Ocean Road and the number one visited attraction in the region is the 12 Apostles.  Seeing...

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Otways

Waterfalls in the Otways

Hopetoun Falls has a viewing platform 20 metres from the carpark which offers spectacular views of the falls as they crash...

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Anglesea

Planning your visit

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Port Fairy

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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Anglesea

Point Addis Koorie Cultural Walk 

Discover more about traditional Aboriginal lifestyle on the Koorie Cultural Walk. This 1km part of the Surf Coast Walk takes...

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12 Apostles

Koalas around the 12 Apostles Coast

The largest populations of Koalas are to be found in the Cape Otway National Park and Kennett River however, there are pockets...

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Port Fairy

Killarney Beach

A beach for the ages and a hidden...

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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

Apollo Bay Coastal Trail

Please note: the trail is subject to coastal erosion following kings tides and big swells (and may be closed in sections)....

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Lorne

Great Ocean Road Diaries: 2 Nights in Lorne

Our third stop for our Great Ocean Road journey was to the seaside town of Lorne. I’ve been itching to visit here for a...

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Winchelsea

Look After Each Other

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Apollo Bay

2021 Wotif Aussie Town Of The Year Celebrates Apollo Bay

At a time when we’re all craving escapism and space, Apollo Bay and the Great Ocean Road holds all the...

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Warrnambool

What’s On in Warrnambool

As to what’s on in Warrnambool, there’s plenty on offer. Because it’s the biggest town on the Great Ocean Road the...

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Female walking through the main entrance of the Camperdown Botanic Garden
Volcanic Lakes & Plains

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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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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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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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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Apollo Bay

Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary

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12 Apostles

Close Encounters at Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park

Let’s be honest: just because adults like to look at the spectacular coastal scenery it doesn’t mean that kids will have just...

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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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View of rock stacks in the ocean taken from the beach at Sandy cove
12 Apostles

Pet Friendly Beaches

There are many beaches and trails along the Great Ocean Road for you and pooch to explore and enjoy whilst on holiday, with...

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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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2 ladies walking at night in the Otways looking for glow worms
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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Visit Great Ocean Road

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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Visit Great Ocean Road

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.