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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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Lake Bullen Merri - South Beach

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

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Otways

Great Otway National Park

The Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay through to Princetown and up through the Otway hinterlands towards Colac....

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Port Fairy

Killarney Beach

A beach for the ages and a hidden...

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12 Apostles

Estuaries of the 12 Apostles Coast

Four estuaries break the vertical cliff lines of Port Campbell National Park. They provide significant wetland habitat for many...

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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

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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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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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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Warrnambool

Middle Island Penguins

Middle Island is located just off the Warrnambool foreshore and has a unique tale to...

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12 Apostles

Black (or Swamp) Wallabies of the 12 Apostles Coast

Black Wallabies are common in both Port Campbell National Park Bay of Islands Coastal Park and are likely to be sighted at dusk...

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Otways

Wildlife on the Otway Coast

The beautiful Otways are a paradise for a rich collection of flora and fauna and provide the visitor with lots of opportunities...

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Port Fairy

Kanawinka Geotrail

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

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Nature in the North

As residents of the area, how lucky we are to be used to the sight of rolling green hills, quaint towns and dramatic...

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London Bridge
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London Bridge

London Bridge has upper western and lower eastern viewing platforms to take in the sweeping...

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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

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

The Best of Anglesea: Surf, Splash and Play

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most iconic and scenic coastal...

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Otways

Otway Coast Hamlet Beaches

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12 Apostles

Other Marsupials, Monotremes & Macropods of the 12 Apostles Coast

Discover our marsupials, monotremes & macropods of the Port Campbell National Park and the 12 Apostles Coast and...

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Otways

Otways Walks And Waterfalls Guide

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Otways

Red Rock (Volcanic) Lookout

The Red Rock lookout, 12km from Colac, is one of Australia’s youngest volcanoes....

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Boat approaching Port Campbell Jetty as viewed from the Port Campbell Discovery Walk
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Port Campbell Bay

Port Campbell Bay presents a gently sloping family friendly profile sheltered from the bulk of Southern Ocean swell. Waters...

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