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*Time and distance based on the most popular visitor route

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12 Apostles Coast & Hinterland

One of the most well-known highlights of the Great Ocean Road is the majestic 12 Apostles. Situated in the Port Campbell National Park, these massive limestone structures tower 45 metres above the tempestuous Southern Ocean and leave visitors awe-struck by their size and beauty.

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Apollo Bay

A thriving coastal fishing village nestled in the heart of the Otway Ranges. Apollo Bay makes the perfect place to base yourself on your Great Ocean Road adventure. Whether you enjoy fresh fish & chips at the harbour or enjoy fine dining or the local cafe culture you will find plenty of options here.

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Avalon

Located just outside of Geelong and only 45 minutes from Melbourne CBD, Avalon Airport is the closest airport to the start of the Great Ocean Road, being only a 35 minute drive from Torquay. It offers easy transport options to Geelong and Torquay as well as plenty of car hire options.

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Colac

Located on the banks of the Barwon River, Winchelsea is a rural town steeped in history and surrounded by the fertile farmland of Victoria’s Western District. Fishing is popular in this section of the Barwon River with brown trout, redfin and eels commonly caught nearby.

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Geelong

Where the river meets the ocean, the seaside town of Anglesea boasts towering coastal cliffs and sprawling white beaches.
Beach, bush and kangaroos are the ingredients used to make Anglesea a favourite holiday spot.

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Lorne

Lorne is where the bush meets the beach set, between the sparkling waters of Loutit Bay and the rising majesty of the Otway National Park. With more than 10 waterfalls within 10 kilometres of the township, there are plenty of amazing natural wonders to explore.

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Melbourne

The offical start of the Great Ocean Road is 103km from Melbourne CBD and will take approximately 1hr 20mins to drive. The freeway extension (M1) bypasses Geelong, making access to the Great Ocean Road much quicker.

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Portland

Delve into history and get back to nature in this thriving city by the sea. Wander streets dotted with beautifully maintained heritage buildings and dine on great pub fare while overlooking the busy harbour.

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Port Fairy

Take a dip in the bay or hang five on the local breaks, build castles of sand and explore the rock pools spying on urchins and crabs. Tap your toes and sway to the rhythm of jigs and reels, ballads and gin joint jazz tunes at the ‘folkie’ or choose nature’s soundtrack of birdcalls and crashing waves.

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Queenscliff

The Split Point Lighthouse dominates the landscape on the approach to Aireys Inlet, a coastal hamlet where the sweeping curves of the Great Ocean Road welcome you and the dramatic nature of the Great Otway National Park begins.

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Torquay

Escape to the ocean for a relaxing interlude or smash out an adrenaline pumping adventure in Torquay. Home to world famous Bells Beach and the birth place of iconic surf brands, Torquay is the surfing capital of Australia.

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Torquay

Explore ancient rainforest brimming with lush ferns and towering trees, feel the mist from the powerful waterfalls, and hike through the cool undergrowth as the fresh forest air fills your lungs.

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Warrnambool

Make your dream home in the sand with turrets adorned with seaweed and shells then take a well-earned refreshing dip in the cool waters of the bay. Grab your board and make for the break as you teeter on some of Australia’s best waves.

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Adelaide

Approaching the Great Ocean Road from the west, you will enter the region at Nelson if taking the coastal route, or Casterton if travelling via the Coonawarra. Both are just over 5 hours from Adelaide. Take your time and explore the coast and hinterland along your Great Ocean Road journey, we promise you it’s worth it.

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5 Great things to do if you’re a foodie along the Great Ocean Road 👇

1. @codalorne - promises modern pan-Asian flavours with the added bonus of glittering sea views from its floor to ceiling windows.

2. @apollobayfishcoop  a Mecca for seafood lovers make sure you try the 🦞 

3. @braerestaurant a fine diner that needs no introduction.

4. @merrijigkitchen specialty is it’s daily menu depending on what’s the ripest in the kitchen garden or sourced from local farms. 

5. @the_coast_anglesea carefully curated by head chef, Evans Magati, the fine dining menu offers a variety of modern Australia dishes featuring locally sourced produce. 

#Greatopia #Greatoceanroad #foodies #stayclosegofurther #visitvictoria @visitmelbourne
No matter how old your kids are, children always love to learn from their parents and spend time making memories together. 

Here is a list of some fun things to do around the Great Ocean Road as a family 👇

1.  Take a surf lesson, it’s sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.
2. Paddle out on the river with @angleseapaddleboats 
3. Visit @greatoceanrdchocolaterie 
4. Go 🐳 watching 
5. Have an action packed day in Lorne @livewirepark 
6. Learning and understanding the cultural connections of a region is an essential and exciting part of a family holiday. @wgtowerhill @budjbimtours 
7. Take a guided tour @wildlifewonders 
8. Explore the Port Campbell National Park 
9. Chase waterfalls in the Otways

Did we leave anything off the list? 

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#Greatopia has so many bucket list attractions. What’s on your list? 

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Discover the icons of #Greatopia 🚁 

Get a birds eye view of the incredible Port Campbell National Park with @12apostleshelicopters and make sure you keep your eyes peeled for our friends 🐳. 

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The GABLES LOOKOUT | Moonlight Head, Great Ocean Walk. 

No other words needed…

Except THANKYOU to @bymoonlight.com.au for sharing👏

#greatopia #greatoceanroad #greatoceanwalk #visitvictoria #visitgreatoceanroad #visitmelbourne #stayclosegofurther #seeaustralia
@doodydaniel from @studio10au has been out exploring the region today. He visited the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, hitched a ride in a Kombi, met a local tour operator, tasted some local produce and had fun jamming with local musician @flynngurry . 

Tune in to @studio10au tomorrow from 8:30am to find out what he gets up to next. #greatopia 

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, 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.