Great Ocean Road Journey, Torquay to Warrnambool - Torquay, VIC

Great Ocean Road Journey, Torquay to Warrnambool

The Great Ocean Road is a 243 km stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Warrnambool. The road was constructed to provide work for returning soldiers and dedicated as a Memorial to those killed in the First World War. It is one of Australia's great scenic coastline drives.

Like sentinels guarding a wild and untamed coastline, the Twelve Apostles offer one of the most enduring memories of a drive along Victoria's internationally renowned Great Ocean Road. One of the world's most spectacular coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road winds past quiet bays and beaches, rainforests, and historic shipwreck sites west of Geelong.

The stretch of the Shipwreck Coast is also the graveyard for many 19th century ships that foundered in the treacherous seas. From May to September, rare southern right whales calve in the shallow waters off Logans Beach at Warrnambool. An observation platform attracts hordes of whale watchers. West of here is the historic fishing village of Port Fairy, which boasts colonial architecture, cafes, galleries and historic boutique accommodation

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First stop is Torquay - Australia's 'Surf City'. The magnificent stretch of coastline here has the best waves this side of Hawaii. Every April, Bells Beach hosts the Rip Curl Pro and Sun Smart Classic, the most prestigious World Championship Tour event in the world.

At nearby Anglesea, golfers tee off among kangaroos that relax under shady trees and graze the fairways. Further along the coast is Lorne and the surrounding Otway Ranges, where waterfalls, crystal-clear rivers and bubbling streams swirl beneath canopies of giant trees and ferns to the ocean below.

Another Great Ocean Road favourite is the Otway National Park, with its lush rainforest scenery complete with wooden boardwalks, bush tracks and picnic spots. For most visitors though, the Great Ocean Road's highlight is Port Campbell National Park, home of the Twelve Apostles and other natural formations, such as London Bridge and the Bay of Islands.

Great Ocean Road accommodation options range from basic camping through backpacker hostels, cottages, Bed and Breakfast Motels / Hotels, beachside, eco tourism accommodation and secluded forest retreats.

Discover the unique array of gourmet food and wine. There are two excellent wine regions, the Geelong wine region and the Henty wine region as well as some of regional Victoria's finest restaurants.
Attractions
You can take a ride through nature on the spectacular Great Ocean Road, which winds alongside the wild and windswept Southern Ocean from Geelong to Portland. This diverse and dramatic region takes in surf beaches, historic ports, whale lookouts, breathtaking mountain ranges, rainforests and national parks. See monster waves at Bells Beach and laze on the golden sands of Lorne. Visit an important Aboriginal site near Tower Hill or spot shipwrecks near the charming fishing village of Port Fairy. Of course, you can’t miss the Twelve Apostles - craggy limestone stacks rising majestically from the Southern Ocean.

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Great Ocean Road
Torquay, VIC, 3228