Greatopia

Greatopia ‘Local Guides’

Discover Greatopia through the eyes of a local. This is why they call the Great Ocean Road their utopia…

Jgorge Guerrero from Swingbridge Café in Lorne

Why do you love Greatopia?

I love how beautiful the area is.

 

What is your number one suggested must-see attraction?

Live Wire Park!

Michelle Davidson from Forrest Guesthouse

Why do you love Greatopia?

I think mountain biking (MTB) is a huge draw card for the area, just last week I had 8 mums book a weekend to ride together. Riding MTB is a big part of what attracted me to move here to Forrest, and it’s only going to get better with new trails currently being built and upgraded.

 

What is your number one suggested must-see attraction?

If I must choose something other than the Forrest MTB trails, Lake Elizabeth or Stevensons Falls.

Justin Arthur from Hello Coffee Roasters Apollo Bay

Why do you love Greatopia?

It’s so beautiful down here, especially in Lake Elizabeth – I just took a large group of scouts hiking and camping there a couple of weeks ago. We’re so lucky to live in and call home these wonderful places, and it’s great to be able to help share them with the wider world.

 

What is your number one suggested must-see attraction?

Wildlife Wonders. Such an incredibly curated experience by people doing important work.

Zach Price a Torquay local

Why do you love Greatopia?

I love this region. We moved from Melbourne about 6 years ago and I have had the chance to do things I would never have learnt living in Melbourne like surfing. I have done surf groms and private lessons, and my favourite places for beginners are Cosy Corner Torquay or Anglesea Beach.

 

What is your number one suggested must-see attraction?

I love waterfalls. My brother and I love running ahead and feeling like explorers discovering a waterfall for the first time. I do also love the beach, I love going for a run and then finishing with a swim, although I drive mum nuts because I never take my boardies or a towel!

Nick Polgeest a Crayfisherman with Apollo Bay Fishermans Co-operative

Why do you love Greatopia?

I love this fantastic area called the Great Ocean Road and for me personally, our crayfish industry.

 

What is your number one suggested must-see attraction?

The winding road with all its fabulous scenery, carved out with pick and axe by the returned soldiers to form the longest war memorial in the world.

Charlie an Anglesea local

Why do you love Greatopia?

I love most the springtime wildflowers in the Angahook-Lorne State Park, Ted’s Track, Distillery Creek and Snake Gully Track.

 

What is your number one suggested must-see attraction?

Definitely fishing off many of the great beaches or on a fishing boat and walking up the back of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet.

Fiona Van Kempen from Warrnambool Tours

Why do you love Greatopia?

I really enjoy spending time with our guests on the western end of the Great Ocean Road and learning about the shipwreck history of the Great Ocean Road.

 

What is your number one suggested must-see attraction?

The jewel in the crown for me is Loch Ard Gorge. I love telling our guests the story of our most famous shipwreck and the 2 young survivors. Then to be able to walk on the sand where they were shipwrecked, trying to work out where Tom could have scaled the cliffs to go for help really takes you back in time it makes my skin tingle every time I go there.

It’s a very special destination. For our guests to be able to call into the Port Campbell Visitor Centre and see the artifacts and touch the Loch Ard anchor which was used to try to save the ship from hitting Mutton Bird Island. Our guests can then spend the evening in Warrnambool and attend the Sound and Light Show which tells the story in light. It’s a full Loch Ard experience and it tells a story and enables our guests to realise how special Loch Ard Gorge is. I always say if you were unfortunate enough to be in a shipwreck, at least what a beautiful spot to be stranded.

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