The Great Ocean Road is perhaps best known as a gateway to some of the most picturesque nature spots in the world. Here are five breathtaking locations along the Great Ocean Road that showcase the region’s natural beauty while also highlighting the physical and mental benefits of immersing oneself in these beautiful natural places.
The Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks towering over the Southern Ocean, are an iconic sight near Port Campbell. Formed by erosion over thousands of years, these create a dramatic and unique landscape that’s a photographer’s dream. Studies have shown that spending time in awe-inspiring natural environments like this can reduce stress and increase overall well-being. Below the surface, the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park the structures and formations house a diverse group of sealife from reef fish and seals to the occasional little penguins and even whales.
Located near the Twelve Apostles in Port Campbell National Park, Loch Ard Gorge was formed by years of the ocean carving its way through towering cliffs. Named after the Loch Ard shipwreck, which occurred in 1878, visitors can explore the area’s rich history and admire the rugged beauty of the coastline. Walking through this natural wonder allows you to appreciate the power of erosion and the importance of preserving nature.
The Great Otway National Park is a diverse and lush landscape stretching from Torquay to past Princetown that features ancient rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and rugged coastal cliffs. The park is an ideal location for nature enthusiasts and wildlife photographers with a broad array of Australian flora and fauna. Hiking through the park also offers an opportunity to reconnect with nature, which has been proven to boost mood, decrease anxiety, and improve cognitive function.
Make the most of the winter months by viewing the world’s biggest animals. Break your drive along the Great Ocean Road up with vantage points where you can observe Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales, and even the occasional Blue Whale or Orca. The best time to spot these magnificent creatures is between May and October when they migrate to the warmer waters of Australia’s southern coast. For a more detailed itinerary, visit The Whale Trail.
Embarking on a journey along the Great Ocean Road allows you to experience some of the most beautiful nature places in the world, and the mental and physical health benefits associated with being in nature. From the Twelve Apostles to the Otway National Park, the Great Ocean Road offers incredible biodiversity and some of Australia’s best nature places to visit. For more information on these destinations and other attractions along the Great Ocean Road, visit our website and start planning your trip today.
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