Welcome to Greatopia, a land teeming with wonder and awe-inspiring marvels that captivate the imagination and beckon explorers from all corners of the globe.
Over a span of seven weeks, the @visitgreatoceanroad social media community participated in weekly polls, casting their votes for their preferred beach, lookout point, rivers and lakes, waterfalls, trails, landscapes, and wildlife encounters in the region to uncover The 7 Wonders of Greatopia.
While we love all the wonders in our region here are our 7 Wonders of Greatopia as voted by YOU!
The Bay of Islands Coastal Park, a true gem along the Great Ocean Road, has garnered a well-deserved reputation for its awe-inspiring coastal scenery. The unique geological formations, sculpted by the relentless forces of the Southern Ocean over centuries combine with breathtaking coastal scenery and beaches aplenty to offer a true nature’s playground.
A top tip for visitors seeking an unforgettable experience is to make their way to the Bay of Martyrs, just outside the charming town of Peterborough, and take in an epic sunrise or sunset.
This icon of the region doesn’t need any special introduction. The 12 Apostles is one of the most recognizable and celebrated attractions in not only Greatopia but indeed in Australia, drawing visitors from around the world.
While the remaining apostles can be appreciated from the designated viewing platform, those seeking a more daring adventure can check off a bucket list item by witnessing the majestic 12 Apostles from a helicopter flight, offering a bird’s-eye view of this natural wonder.
You will be blown away by hikers-only views along the Great Ocean Walk. This extraordinary trail stretches across 104 kilometers along the coastal stretch from Apollo Bay to the renowned 12 Apostles.
Walkers of almost any ability can step on and step off sections of the Great Ocean Walk with luxury accommodations close by and convenient shuttle services at your disposal, providing seamless transportation between your accommodation and significant points of interest, allowing you to craft your ideal adventure.
If you’re acquainted with the Great Ocean Road, Bells Beach is undoubtedly a name you recognize. It’s a must-visit destination for both avid surfers and travelers embarking on their Great Ocean Road journey.
Even if catching waves isn’t your forte, paying a visit to this renowned beach is highly recommended. Witnessing the beach and the surf from the bluffs offers a captivating experience that’s well worth the trip.
For those enchanted by nature, a visit to the thunderous Hopetoun Falls in the Otways is a must. Cascading 30 meters over a rugged rockface into the Aire River below, it’s a breathtaking sight.
Take in this natural wonder from the upper platform, conveniently located 20 meters from the carpark, or venture down the 200 steps for a closer encounter with the spray. The journey to the lower platform is about 1 kilometer, taking around 30 minutes, but fear not, a rest stop awaits at the bottom, allowing you to pause and marvel at the stunning view.
Cape Bridgewater, located just west of Portland is home to a significant Australian fur seal colony, one of the largest in Australia. The colony is located on a group of rocky islets and ledges just off the coastline.
Visitors can often observe the seals from designated viewing areas on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. These spots offer excellent vantage points to watch the seals frolicking, basking in the sun, or swimming in the surrounding waters.
Winding its way through the beautiful landscapes of the Otway Ranges and eventually meeting the Southern Ocean is the Gellibrand River. The river is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a range of activities such as fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating, and birdwatching.
Casting a line and waiting for that elusive catch can be a rewarding experience against the backdrop of this serene river.
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