Start your journey down the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne, on your first stops in Torquay.
There is nowhere better for getting your surf on in the waves, or from the sand browsing the big-name surf shops or learning how it all began at the Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay.
With SO many options for lunch in Torquay, from a restaurant meal, a bite at a cafe, trying a local brew at one of the distilleries, or grab some nice takeaway and eat on the beach.
Continue your Great Ocean Road journey to Lorne.
Ahhh Lorne with its fresh sea air, white beaches and buzzing arts community, the nearby Otways and its relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere.
Let the nostalgia of a seaside holiday take over. Let the salty air wash over you, kick back, soak it up and make some memories. Or create some new ones by testing your skills at Live Wire Park with the treetop ropes course or zipline.
Stroll along the Torquay foreshore
Shop at the surf outlets in Baines Crescent and Surf City Plaza in Torquay for the latest surf gear
Visit Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay
Perfect photo op at Point Addis Lookout
Travel from Lorne to the 12 Apostles
Drive to Apollo Bay then inland through Forrest in the Otways for a real treat. Here begins one of the most scenic stretches of coast along the Great Ocean Road region.
Otway Fly Zip Line Tour – this is a 2.5 hour, fully guided experience and includes training and simulation, 8 cloud stations, 6 flights and 2 suspension bridges. The ticket price also includes the world famous Treetop Walk.
Enjoy dinner at your leisure.
Explore Port Campbell National Park at sunset or sunrise for the most spectacular backdrops to the already stunning attractions.
Make sure to spend time in Forrest for its food, mountain bike trails & nearby Lake Elizabeth
The Redwoods in the Otways are a must-visit for those epic photos
Stunning Otway’s waterfalls (best in winter)
This morning, enjoy a one-of-a-kind helicopter flight with 12 Apostles Helicopters, offering you a unique opportunity to see the 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast and Port Campbell National Park from a birdseye view.
Head inland and discover the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail
Discover award winning, cheese, whisky and wine. Crowd-pleasing chocolate, crayfish, ice cream, yoghurt, strawberries and beer.
Lunch is a must at Timboon Railway Shed Distillery
Continue on to Warrnambool
Enjoy Warrnambool’s captivating position, nestled into the rising contour of Victoria’s south-west coast amid green dairying country and overlooking the deep blue of the Southern Ocean
Spend the evening at Flagstaff Hill Sound and Light show “Shipwrecked!” an adventure you will always remember.
12 Apostles Helicopter flight over the stunning coastline
Lunch and a whisky tasting at Timboon Railway Shed Distillery
The sound and light show at Flagstaff Hill in Warrnambool is a must-stop with the family
Enjoy an early breakfast, then travel from Warrnambool to Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve.
Tower Hill, just to the west of Warrnambool, is one of the most fascinating geological formations in Victoria. It has an important place in local Aboriginal culture and it is teeming with wildlife, you’re almost guaranteed to see the local emus.
Tower Hill is an enormous volcanic crater rimmed by beds of volcanic ash. The inside of the crater and the island hills are now a wildlife reserve and there are substantial populations of native birds and animals. It’s easy to see koalas, kangaroos, emus and much more.
Continue along the Princess Highway to the township of Port Fairy. Uncover history in every corner of this charming fishing village at the end of the Great Ocean Road.
Explore one of the many walks at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, an enormous volcanic crater
Port Fairy boasts wide streets lined with nineteenth-century cottages, great Norfolk pines and old stone churches.
Spend your morning following one of the historic walking trails and discover charming, fully restored white-washed cottages built by whalers and seamen beside Georgian-style merchants’ homes and grand public buildings. Visit the Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre for all the information on one of these historic walks. With more than 50 buildings classified by the National Trust and many fine examples of 1800s architecture Port Fairy is the perfect holiday spot for history buffs.
Enjoy Lunch, soaking up the ambience of Port Fairy before heading home.
Pop into the Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre for all the info on the history walks
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