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The Great Ocean Road is like a mecca to wanderlust souls. It offers a sea of experiences, boasts of picturesque scenery, has pristine beaches, dense rainforests, numerous waterfalls and serene coastal towns. No wonder the Great Ocean Road’s has been voted as one of the worlds best scenic drives. Now a popular tourist destination, there is an emotional history to this place.

It was built between 1919 and 1932 by the soldiers who had returned from the World War I to pay a tribute to their fellow soldiers who sacrificed their lives. To this date, it remains till date as the largest war memorial ever created.The Great Ocean Road is a 244 kilometers stretch of road between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. It is advisable to start your journey from Melbourne, located 95 kilometers away from Torquay and move at your pace gradually exploring the tourist attractions along the way.

You can easily cover the stretch in one to two days’ time. But if you want to truly enjoy the island holiday, it makes sense to avoid the rush. Set aside a good three to four days to explore the place – enjoy the beach waves, surfing, taste the local culinary and soak in the flora and fauna.

Top things to do on The Great Ocean Road

Explore the Scenic Beauty

There is no doubt that the best part of the Great Ocean Road is its beautiful scenery. You can visit the picturesque beaches like Bells Beach, Anglesea, Apollo Bay, Warrnambool. The series of limestone cliffs, 12 Apostles are enchanting natural wonders. You could also take a helicopter ride and see the captivating beauty from atop covering the 12 Apostles, the Bay of Islands, London Bridge, Moonlight Head and the Shipwreck Coast to Australia’s oldest lighthouse at Cape Otway.

Untapped Flora and Fauna

The second best thing about the Great Ocean Road is its native wildlife. It is a high for any wildlife lover to see the species of birds, cuddly Koalas, Kangaroos, Falcons, Emus, etc. at forests and national park. It is also a wonderful sight to watch the whales from the banks of Logans Beach or watch the southern right whale and blue whales migrating to the Victoria coast each year.


During your trip along the Great Ocean Road, you’ll be spoilt for choice among the range of surf spots in the region. Bells Beach is a world surfing hub attracting the best surfers in the world who fight it out at the Rip Curl Pro Surfing Competition. There is a host of beaches providing surfing opportunities for beginners and experienced surf boarders that offer challenging waves, surf breaks of different levels and reefs. You can enjoy the beach or go surfing at the Johanna beach, Gibson steps, Lorne, Warrnambool beach, etc.  Even if you have never tried surfing there is no need to worry, take lessons from experienced trainers and start small exploring the safer areas.

 A Walk with Nature

If you’re a nature lover, the Great Otway National Park is a feast for the eyes. With its tall trees, scenic waterfalls and the Melba Gully glow worms it’s truly a paradise on earth. The Great Ocean Walk that stretches across 91km from Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead, near the 12 Apostles going alongside the Southwest Victorian coastline is a fascinating route. This walking trail covers national parks, isolated beaches and rugged coastal landscapes.

The Great Ocean Road region is also home to a vibrant, creative culture that will interest art lovers, shoppers and music fans. You can also enjoy the fresh seafood, locally produced cheese varieties and exquisite wines of the region during your journey.