Domestic Travel

Courtney Allan

4 magnificent stopovers along the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is a 664 kilometre stretch of road that takes you from Allansford to Torquay along the Victorian coastline. It’s been heralded as one of the most spectacular drives in the world and has been open since 1932.

Along the way, there are some fantastic things to see, including the Twelve Apostles. The journey quickly takes you from cliff tops to lush rainforests in a matter of kilometres. Some top destinations to stop at along the way include:

1. The Twelve Apostles

Starting off with the most well-known landmark that pulls more than 2 million visitors a year, the Twelve Apostles are worth the drive. There’s no ideal time to visit as they’re jaw dropping all year round, but the winter times are generally a quieter time to go see them.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can see the Apostles from the sky. Twelve Apostles Helicopters leave from behind the Twelve Apostle visitor centre and offer 15-minute flights for $145 per person.

2. Explore Port Campbell

There’s plenty to explore around Port Campbell, and considering you’re already here for the Twelve Apostles, you might as well stick around. The lovely seaside village is home to cafes and restaurants that are scattered amongst the beach and has the beauty of wild nature just on the edges of the Port Campbell Jetty.

If you’re impressed by large rocks in the middle of the ocean, visiting the Loch Ard Gorge might be worth your time. However, if you’ve gotten your fill from the Twelve Apostles, you can always explore the Twelve Apostle Marine Park or do one of the guided tours around the Port Campbell National Park.

3. Stop off at the Great Otway National Park

This national park is interesting in its own right and is the perfect mixture between rainforest and beach. You’re able to camp here or take an easy self-guided circuit walk through Maits Rest, which showcases ancient and temperate rainforest.

There’s also The Gables Lookout available, which offers a spectacular view of the ocean and shows off the reefs around Moonlight head. If you’re lucky enough to be travelling from June to September, you might see some whales due to the migration period.

4. See the wildlife around Warrnambool at the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Warrnambool has a lot on offer, as it’s known as a sleepy coastal town. However, journey to the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve and you’ll see a range of wildlife you wouldn’t see anywhere else. With emus, koalas, kangaroos, echidnas and wallabies roaming around the extinct volcano, there’s always something to see in the reserve.

The extinct volcano was formed some 30,000 years ago and the Reserve offers you a rare chance to witness Aussie wildlife icons at close range in their natural habitats.

Have you journeyed along the Great Ocean Road? What was your favourite spot? Let us know in the comments.