5 things to make sure you see on the Great Ocean Road
When ever people from Geelong have guests we inevitably jump in the car and take them on the 250km drive between Torquay and Warnambool. The Great Ocean Road is all about the 12 Apostles right??? Well what about all the amazing places in between?
The drive takes you through surf towns, National Parks, and even a hippy community or two. There’s surf Beaches, historic ports, whale look outs, rain forests and national parks.
See waves at the famous Bells Beach Or be lazy on the Lorne beach followed by a cafe lunch or fish and chips. Visit an Aboriginal site near Tower Hill or spot shipwreck near the fishing village of Port Fairy. Of course, you can’t miss the Twelve Apostles – craggy limestone stacks rising from the Southern Ocean. But here’s our 5 favourites!
Spit Lighthouse – Aires Inlet
When strange things happen… Are you going to Spit Point?
It is the perfect adventure for ‘Round the Twist’ fans, sightseers, keen photographers, budding historians, lighthouse lovers and families.
As the Spit Point Lighthouse is still a functioning lighthouse, access is by tour only. The lighthouse is open daily for tours, weather permitting. The lighthouse is open 7 days a week, except Christmas Day.
Feel the fine mist from the cascading water as you take in the views from one of two lookouts.
One of the most popular waterfalls in the Otways, the Erskine Falls plunges 30 metres into the lush tree-fern gully of the Erskine River.
The upper lookout is an easy five-minute walk from the car park. The lower lookout is a more strenuous walk, down some 240 steps to the base of the falls. The reward? A view of one of the highest drops in the region.
Erskine Falls is a nine-kilometre drive from Lorne. For enthusiastic walkers, the 7.5-kilometre Erskine River Track leads from the falls to Lorne along the river, passing Straw Falls and Splitter Falls.
Where rainforest meets the sea, expect to see amazing beaches, beautiful scenery and wildlife.
It’s just a small coastal town, but with a rugged and bushy mountain back drop it is one of the most spectacular spots on the Great Ocean Road.
There’s not much in Wye River but that’s the charm…. There’s a general store, river which leads on to the main sandy beach (patrolled during the warmer months of the year) and rock pools and reefs are great for fishing and exploring.
Uncover history in every corner of this charming fishing village at the end of the Great Ocean Road. The wide streets are lined with nineteenth century cottages, Norfolk Pines and dotted with old stone churches.
You can have a cruisey time with the buzzing local art scene, and many cafes and restaurants to chose from, get active in the water by join a surfing or stand up paddle boarding class or you can head out to sea on a guided fishing trip or take a cruise out to the seal colony on Lady Julia Percy Island.
(Keep an eye out for breaching southern right whales off Port Fairy’s coast during the winter months, when the whales come in to mate and calve.) Or you can slow it right down with a trip to the golf course.
Loch Ard Gorge
Loch Ard Gorge has a tragic history and an amazing story but it’s views and beach access make it a must spot place on the Great Ocean Road.
You can head down on to the beach and look into the cave via the stairs allow visitors access to the beach. There are three easy walks you can take to discover the area and getting view points.
Make sure you have your camera!!
Where ever you chose to go on the Great Ocean Road you are guaranteed to see amazing views, beautiful beaches, fantastic rainforests and friendly people.
Let us know where your favourite places are!