Experiences

Wake up to the wonder of the Great Ocean Road region

Explore some of our favourite spots or try something new.

We’ve put together our top 25 experiences to get you started – see how many you’ve ticked off!

 

1. Torquay

Take a beginner’s surf lesson at Cosy Corner (decked out in Surf City’s latest surf gear) or take your wallet for a walk through the factory outlets in Baines Crescent.

2. Bellbrae

Indulge in a high tea at the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery.

3. Anglesea

Enjoy the beautiful Anglesea River from a rented kayak or paddle boat, followed by a juicy burger at Last One Inn.

4. Aireys Inlet

Try a local beer, explore rock pools or go “Round the Twist” at Split Point Lighthouse along the Surf Coast Walk.

5. Lorne

Explore 10 local waterfalls within 10 kilometres of Lorne, take a walk along the pier at Point Grey or indulge in your own progressive lunch at one of the many delicious eateries.

6. Apollo Bay

Tuck into fresh crayfish and crunchy chips at the Apollo Bay Fisherman’s Co-Op overlooking the harbour.

7. Marengo

Discover Australia’s natural beauty at Wildlife Wonders in Marengo, guided by a conservationist, you’ll encounter unique wildlife living freely in stunning bushland environment overlooking the ocean.

8. Melba Gully

Uncover a lesser-known beach along the Great Ocean Walk, such as Melanesia or Wreck, and spot the Melba Gully glow worms at night (be sure to check tide times).

9. Otways

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of tall trees at Otway Fly Treetop Adventures – look out for the rare carnivorous black snail!

10. Beech Forest

Be dwarfed by giants at the Californian Redwood Forest – one of the region’s most Instagrammed locations.

11. Cape Otway

Pay homage to Victoria’s oldest working lighthouse at Cape Otway – one of the southernmost tips of the continent!

12. Lake Elizabeth

Enjoy a spot of platypus spotting at Lake Elizabeth from the comfort of a canoe. Pair it with a hot coffee and toastie from Forrest General Store, or a cheeky brew from Forrest Brewing Company. Finish the day with a trip around the Forrest Mountain Bike Trails and a hot chocolate bomb at Platypi Chocolates.

13. Port Campbell

Feel the sand between your toes at Gibson Steps or catch the 12 Apostles at sunset. Reward yourself with a fresh abalone salad from Forage on the Foreshore.

14. Timboon

Hire a bike in Timboon and go on a bounty hunting adventure – treat yourself to some cheese, whiskey, wine and berry tasting along the 12 Apostles Artisan Trail.

15. Mt Noorat

Indulge in a sunset picnic at Mt Noorat – just one of the many surrounding mountains worth a hike!

16. Warrnambool

Get a dose of vibrant culture at the Warrnambool Art Gallery and Arts Trail, then catch a performance at the Lighthouse Theatre, or even a night show at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum & Village.

17. Lake Pertobe

Send dad and the kids to explore Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground and head to Deep Blue Hot Springs for some serious relaxation.

18. Tower Hill

Explore our volcanic history at Tower Hill and try your hand at the boomerang on an indigenous cultural tour.

19. Port Fairy

Hire a bike and ride to the Griffiths Island Lighthouse in Port Fairy where you can enjoy a sun-soaked afternoon drink in the garden at Merrijig Inn.

20. Budj Bim

Explore UNESCO World Heritage listed sites along the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape with Budj Bim Tours.

21. Casterton

Learn the history of Australia’s favourite working dog at the Kelpie Centre in Casterton.

22. Portland

Take a chartered fishing tour in Portland and try your hand at action-packed tuna fishing.

23. Cape Bridgewater

Enjoy a walk in the Petrified Forest before meeting an Australian Fur Seal at the Cape Bridgewater Seal Walk. Top off an already delicious day with a fresh bite at The Cape Bridgewater Café.

24. Portland

Experience the Great South West Walk beginning in Portland that takes you on an unforgettable journey across rugged cliffs, remote beaches, pristine lakes and even past a historic lighthouse.

25. Nelson

Take a cruise up the Glenelg River from Nelson or visit the Princess Margaret Rose Caves.

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