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Great Ocean Road, Australia

Take in one of the world's most scenic coastal drives, along the south-west coast of Victoria. From luxuriant rainforests to incredible rock formations, Australia’s most dramatic coastal drive has plenty of highlights. 

We recommend these 10 must-see sights when going on a fly-drive holiday to The Great Ocean Road, Australia: 

Just an hour and a half away from Melbourne you'll find Torquay, one of the surf capitals of the world. Try your skills at the action at Bells Beach. 

Airey's Inlet
If the fresh ocean air has made you hungry for some seafood, stop in at Airey’s Inlet. A short 25 minutes from Torquay, this small township hides a big secret: the charming A La Grecque restaurant, which boasts some of the best seafood on the coast.

The old gum trees lining the roads of Lorne and the water glittering in the harbour are the first signs that you are somewhere special. Stop for a coffee at The Bottle of Milk café before going for a walk on the one-kilometre-long beach. Lorne also has a flourishing artistic community, so make sure you drop in at the always-lively Qdos Arts.

For a one-of-a-kind gourmet experience, your next stop must be Birregurra. Brae Restaurant has been named one of the World’s Best 100 Restaurants, so book ahead to avoid disappointment. Expect to see anything from wallaby tartare to rock lobster on the menu. 

Kennett River
If seeing a koala in the wild is high on your bucket list, then do not miss Kennett River. Known as Australia’s koala-spotting capitals, be on the lookout and you might even see one passing the road, or even relaxing on the veranda of one of the local houses.

The Rainforest
Just a brief drive inland from Kennett River you will find a very different world: the mysterious rainforest of the Great Otway National Park. We recommend you drive to the 3-tiered waterfalls of the Triplet Falls. If you are staying overnight, don’t miss the chance to encounter glow worms on a nighttime walk in Melba Gully. 

Apollo Bay
Apollo Bay is nestled between the ocean and the hills, and the town’s best restaurants make the most of it. The lovely Chris’s Beacon Point Restaurant has a intimate treehouse feel.

The Twelve Apostles
Despite the name, there are only 7 'Apostles', all of which were part of the land before wind and water corroded the encompassing rock. The magnificent limestone towers rising out of the ocean are definitely the gems of The Ocean Road. For an unforgettable experience and the best views, sign up for a helicopter tour or spectacular flight with a local operator.

Loch and Gorge
Just beyond the Twelve Apostles is the less-touristy, eye-catching Loch Ard Gorge, named after a ship that was wrecked here. Take a long flight of stairs down to the beach to view the Twelve Apostles from a different angle. It's a great area for bird-watching at sunset as well! 

The Great Ocean Walk
If you are up for the challenge and feeling energetic, you can explore the Great Ocean Road on foot instead. The full 60 miles trail from Apollo Bay to Gibson Steps takes 8 days to complete. There's also a shorter 34 miles guided option, the exclusive Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk, which takes in the walk's highlights over four luxurious days. 

Want to explore the magnificent Ocean Road? Contact us today and one of our Australia travel experts will get in touch soon! 

Great Ocean Road, Australia

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