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13 Must-see places across the Great Ocean Road region

If you thought the 12 Apostles were going to be the only highlight of your Great Ocean Road trip, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised.

In fact, the entire region, from Torquay right through to Nelson and inland to towns like Colac are a mecca of natural attractions.

Here are 13 to get you started.

 

1. Hopetoun Falls, Otways

Hopetoun Falls is the most picturesque waterfall on the Great Ocean Road and arguably in Victoria too.

It’s worth the 500 metre walk down the stairs to see this beautiful place at eye-level; a symmetrical plunge before cascading right underneath the viewing platform.

Tip: Roads are not suitable for caravans or large vehicles.

GREAT OCEAN ROAD

Waterfalls

With its diverse terrain and coastal margin, the entire Great Ocean Road region is a natural wonder for waterfalls.

2. The Grotto, 12 Apostles Coast

The wild wind and heavy seas have formed a number of picture-perfect rock formations on the Port Campbell coast and The Grotto is some of Mother Nature’s finest engineering.

Suitable for most fitness levels, there’s also pram and wheelchair access to the top lookout, before a steep descent down to the bottom.

PORT CAMPBELL NATIONAL PARK

Port Campbell National Park

Discover the iconic landscape of Port Campbell National Park from Princetown to Peterborough.

3. Loch Ard Gorge, 12 Apostles Coast

Loch Ard Gorge is one of the most scenic places to see on the Great Ocean Road; a protected, sandy beach nestled amongst cliffs.

Waves thread their way through the gorge and up onto the beach when the swell is up. And when it’s calm, the inlet turns glassy and turquoise blue. Tour Groups frequent here during the day, time your visit for sunrise or sunset to avoid the crowds.

PORT CAMPBELL

A Weekend in Port Campbell

Located just over 3hrs from Melbourne, Port Campbell is home to much more than the coastal icons.

4. The Redwoods, Otways

The Redwoods are a magical plantation of Californian Redwood trees hidden in the midst of the Otway forest surrounding Apollo Bay. The Redwoods are not native to the Great Ocean Road but they definitely complement its appeal.

Follow your nose and get lost beneath these giants. Easily accessible on foot from the car park but the roads surrounding Beech Forest are not suitable for large vehicles or caravans.

GREAT OTWAY NATIONAL PARK

More about the Redwoods

The fairytale forest deep in the Otways.

5. Marriners Lookout, Apollo Bay

In the foothills of the seaside village of Apollo Bay sits Marriners Lookout; a panoramic viewing point offering an almost birds eye-view of the Great Ocean Road and its coastline.

Just a short drive out of town and then a short walk to the lookout, don’t miss this gem.

APOLLO BAY

A Weekend in Apollo Bay

All ages adventures where the forest meets the sea in and around Apollo Bay.

6. Whale Watching in the West

On this Whale Trail between Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland, also known as the ‘whale corridor’, you’ll spot Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales and the occasional Orca.

PORT FAIRY - WARRNAMBOOL - PORTLAND

Whale Watching

In the winter months from May to September, come and watch the giants of the deep.

7. Lower Kalimna Falls, Lorne

Lower Kalimna Falls is not the biggest waterfall on the Great Ocean Road but is certainly one of the most unique. A large alcove sits underneath a rock ledge where the water trickles, so you can enter the cave and actually watch the falls from behind.

To see this place, you’ll need to take an easy three-kilometre walk through the Otways bush.

Lorne

Discover More Waterfalls in Lorne

Time to go chasing waterfalls in Lorne with 10 waterfalls within 10kms.

8. Griffiths Island Lighthouse Walk, Port Fairy

The gorgeous fishing village of Port Fairy is a good excuse to head further down the Great Ocean Road. Giffiths Island is connected to the mainland via a causeway and It makes for an incredible walk.

The photogenic lighthouse sits at the very tip of the island. You’re bound to spot wallabies and maybe even a Southern Right Whale out at sea from May to October.

PORT FAIRY

A Weekend in Port Fairy

Ride back in time in this postcard-pretty historic fishing town.

9. Beauchamp Falls, Otways

The three-kilometre return walk to see Beauchamp Falls is challenging but also very rewarding.

Emerge from the rainforest to a mini canyon surrounded by lush ferns and shadowed by huge gum trees – it’s an adventure that really takes you back to nature.

GREAT OCEAN ROAD

The Greatest Waterfalls

The entire Great Ocean Road region is a mecca for waterfalls.

10. Point Addis, Anglesea

Point Addis is a popular surf spot among Torquay locals for both the waves and the huge surrounding cliffs. Take the Koori Cultural Walk and you’ll get the first taste of the iconic Great Ocean Road seascape.

Just a two-kilometre walk uphill to a vantage point, it’s moderate in difficulty but sure worth it at the top.

SURF COAST

See More on the Surf Coast Walk

Coast along this 44km world-class walking and biking trail from Torquay to Fairhaven.

11. Erskine Falls, Lorne

Just minutes from the town of Lorne, Erskine Falls is a popular place to visit for many exploring the Great Ocean Road.

One of the largest waterfalls in the region, it’s a spectacle in itself. The easy walk to the lookout or the trek down the stairs is well worth it to feel the fresh mist hit your face from the 35-metre drop.

LORNE

A Romantic Weekend in Lorne

Fall in love with the seaside town of Lorne and nearby Apollo Bay.

12. Childers Cove, Mepunga

A little off-the-beaten-track, nearing the end of the official Great Ocean Road sits a relatively unknown beach, Childers Cove.

If you’re lucky enough you might just have this place to yourself. Visit on low tide for a gorgeous sandy beach with impressive surrounding rock formations.

WARRNAMBOOL

A Weekend in Warrnambool

There are so many great ways to spend the weekend in this city overlooking the deep blue of the Southern Ocean.

13. The 12 Apostles

Last but not least, are the iconic 12 Apostles. These natural rock formations are rightly on everyone’s Great Ocean Road bucket list.

The viewing platform does get very busy and the only thing that could possibly make the views even better, is to have them to yourself. Brave an early morning and get out there for sunrise.

12 APOSTLES COAST & HINTERLAND

Discover the 12 Apostles

The jewel in the crown of Victoria’s best-known road trip will take your breath away and leave you with memories—and photographs—never to forget.

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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.