The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most iconic scenic routes. With the inclusion of remarkable beaches and water ways, spectacular views, delicious food, faultless nature and beautiful wildlife encounters it’s an adventure we all must experience once in our lifetime. We have put together the perfect itinerary for anyone looking to explore everything the Great Ocean Road has to offer, all year round.
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The very start of the Great Ocean Road is Torquay, the perfect place to start your road trip at the home of Australia’s most well-known surf beaches. See where International surf competition, the Rip Curl Pro is held at Bells Beach. Take some time out to hang ten or walk along the beach and watch the locals catch a wave!
If you have a sweet tooth (which to be honest, who doesn’t!) be sure that in your travels you stop in at Great Ocean Roads one and only Chocolaterie. With a window into the main kitchen, you can watch the creativeness of hand crafted chocolates being made from scratch developed into what you see on the shelves ready for you to indulge. If free chocolate and ice cream tastings isn’t enough, sit back and enjoy the views of the native gardens and play areas surrounding the Pod Café.
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Heading into Aireys Inlet you will see Split Point Lighthouse. 90’s kids will recognise ‘The White Queen’ from well-known TV series Round the Twist. There are 30 – 45 minute tours daily from 11am till 2pm on the hour touching on the maritime, coastal conservation and surrounding views.
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Next stop Lorne! One of the most sought after destinations on the Great Ocean Road and the perfect place for a night’s stay. Home to one of the most popular waterfalls in the Otways, take some time out to explore Erskine Falls. Erskine Falls is a 30 metre drop into the gully of the Erskine River. If you are up for a walk, head down 240 steps to view the waterfall from prime position. There is opportunity to explore further by walking along the Erskine River Track.
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Not far down the road is the Wye Beach Hotel which sits on a hill producing spectacular views all year round over-looking the Wye River Beach. With a food and drink menu put together with ingredients and supplies from local and independent producers the Wye Beach Hotel is a great way to experience what the Great Ocean Road has to offer.
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Take your experience of the Great Ocean Road to new heights by heading inland to the Otway Fly. The treetop adventure is the perfect place to experience the rainforest from a different point of view. For those brave enough you can either soar through the trees on a Zipline or walk through the trees on a 600 metre long, 25 metre high walkway. A rare opportunity bought to life!
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Time to stretch those legs and enjoy some of the Great Ocean Road’s pristine coastline on foot. Stretching from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell are a lot of great little hideaway beaches to walk along, hike or even set up camp for the night if that tickles your fancy. https://www.greatoceanwalk.com.au/walk-itineraries/ has a range of short and long walks that cater for all fitness levels.
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Witness the rugged splendour of the famous Twelve Apostles (well the eight that remain). These magnificent rock stacks rising up majestically along the coastline are one of the most well-known highlights of the Great Ocean Road. While you are there head down Gibson Steps which lead down to the beach and see the apostles from an alternative point of view.
Last stop on the itinerary is the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve located inside an inactive 30,000-year-old volcano. Open every day you have access to tours, touching on aboriginal history and heritage as well exploring the walking tracks, look outs and picnic facilities around the reserve. Known for its stunning landscape and the ability for visitors to come into an arm’s length of Australian native animals such as kangaroos, koalas, echidnas and emus it is the perfect salute to the amazing opportunities that the Great Ocean Road creates.
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We are so privileged to have the Great Ocean Road right in our backyard. An experience worth taking the time out to explore. To win the opportunity to create your own 4 night adventure in a Kombi supplied by Hire A Kombi to take you and 3 friends along the Great Ocean Road, buy a bottle of 6Ft6 and complete the form on our website! Good luck!!