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Where to Go in the Great Ocean Road

Planning a trip and want to know where to go in Great Ocean Road? Below is all the information you need on where to go on the Great Ocean Road, what towns are along the Great Ocean Road and where is the most beautiful place in Australia (hint: it starts and ends on the Great Ocean Road!).

Where Is The Best Place To Go In Australia?

Ok, we’ll admit we’re biased when it comes to where is the best place to visit in Australia but it’s not without reason. With breathtaking beaches, national parks, unique world-class natural attractions, superb wine & food, boutique shopping and a fantastic range of activities & accommodation options it’s easy to see why so many people (it’s not just us!) think the Great Ocean Road is one of the best places to visit in Australia.

Certainly, when it comes to where is the most beautiful place in Australia, the Great Ocean Road offers some of the most stunning, unrivalled scenery – and there are PLENTY of spots to get Instagram-worthy selfies!

With all that said and with all these fantastic reasons to visit… you might want to know where to go on the Great Ocean Road so you can make the most of your time here.

Here are our top picks to help you narrow down where to go on the Great Ocean Road during your visit:

  • Port Campbell National Park including the 12 Apostles – The 12 Apostles are one of the ‘must see’ highlights along the Great Ocean Road along with the other gems of the Port Campbell National Park like The Grotto and The Arch. There are many ways to view these stunning natural attractions- on a nature walk, from one of the lookouts or even from the air!
  • Great Otway National Park – The Great Ocean Road is home to many national parks, but the Otways is a must-visit with its lush rainforest, waterfalls and local wildlife to spot. We highly recommend immersing yourself in nature and taking a bushwalk in the Otways while you’re here.
  • Whale watching – If you’re visiting between May and September and want to get a glimpse of these magnificent creatures, some of the best whale-watching spots include: Cape Otway Lightstation, Logan’s Beach at Warrnambool, East Beach at Port Fairy, the Wade Street viewing platform or Portland Harbour at Portland or from The Blowholes, the Great South West Walk or the Petrified Forest at Cape Bridgewater.
  • Beaches – With so many beaches to choose from it really depends on what you’re looking for and if you want to visit a beach close to where you’re staying. Whether it’s a family day out, surfing or a scenic evening stroll along the beach – we’ve got you covered. Our local Visitor Information Centre experts can always help you work out the best beach to visit.

What Towns Are Along The Great Ocean Road?

If you’re wondering where is the best place to visit in Australia for a wide variety of towns to visit, the Great Ocean Road includes many towns and villages that are known for numerous attractions.

  • 12 Apostles Coast & Hinterland – A natural landmark known around the world, the region also offers gourmet food, luxury accommodation, private tours and more
  • Aireys Inlet – Described as a gorgeous coastal hamlet perfect for water activities (namely surfing and swimming), but also rich with memorial history and the dominant Split Point Lighthouse
  • Anglesea – The place to be for natural adventure with river activities, wildlife, walking trails and picturesque beaches
  • Apollo Bay – Called the paradise by the sea, enjoy the freshest seafood and local markets with magnificent hiking areas and forest walks
  • Lorne – If you’re looking for where to go on the Great Ocean Road for waterfalls, this is it, with 10 waterfalls within 10kmsplus beaches, shopping, restaurants and much more to discover here too
  • Otways – Where the coastal rainforest meets the Southern Ocean, do not miss the magic of the ancient trees and waterfalls
  • Port Fairy – A beautiful bluestone town with architecture from the 1800s, maritime history, and charming cottages
  • Portland – The Western-most township known for its rich history (first permanent European settlement in 1834), whale watching, and fisherman’s dream
  • Torquay – The surfing capital of Australia with mountain-biking trails, challenging golf courses and world-class wineries. Ride some of Australia’s best waves then enjoy gourmet food and wine in town.
  • Volcanic Lakes and Plains – Uniquely mixing volcanic landscapes and deep crater lakes, this natural wonderland is an explorers fantasy
  • Warrnambool – If you’re looking for where to go on the Great Ocean Road for whale watching, this is it. A prime spot during whale watching season (May to September)
  • Winchelsea – A tranquil countryside town with a charming history, be sure to visit the traditional pubs and charming antique gift shops

Talk To The Experts About Where To Go On The Great Ocean Road

Contact one of our Visitor Information Centres to speak with local experts about where to go on the Great Ocean Road.

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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.