The Great Ocean Road is a stretch of 243 kilometres (151 mi) long road situated along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the regional Victorian cities of Torquay (near Bell St) and Warrnambool (near Allansford). The Great Ocean Road is listed in Australian National Heritage and is a living memorial to Australia’s forefathers. The Great Ocean Road is surrounded by mesmerising landscapes of all sorts and the stunning journey along the way from each end has hidden treasures like bells beach to the 12 Apostles.
This long road is built by soldiers returned from WW1, between the period 1919 to 1932 and is dedicated to 60,000 martyrs of the war and due to this, it manages to be the largest war memorial in the world. As there are so many attractions along Great Ocean Road, if you will drive in your vehicle, the trip will be well suited to what you desire. Alternatively, you can choose to cover the most popular attractions.
The scenic isolation is a treasure as you truly are one with nature and escape the hustle bustle. Winding through the secluded beauty of Victoria’s coastline, the road is home to the famous 12 apostles which are large tall rocks or monoliths. These stand out in the sea while constantly being pounded by the waves of the South to carve one of the world’s famous grand architecture. Since the discovery of these monoliths, 5 of the majestic limestone pillars have fallen for the ferocious waves.
A Recent study from the University of Melbourne reveals that there are five more monoliths found underwater 12km away from the current Apostles. These are discovered through sonar technology, and the limestone sea stacks are estimated to be 60,000years old.
Many of the activities include anything from 12 Apostles Helicopter ride, golfing, cycling; a broad range of water sports like kiteboarding, fishing, paddle boating; walking, hiking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, and even horse riding.
The amazing wildlife, waterfalls, many national parks, treetop adventuring and beautiful coastlines add to the unique experience in the Great Ocean Road.
Flora and fauna flourish here with koala filled trees and abundant marine life thriving in the many bays, inlets, and estuaries. The limestone cliffs of 12 Apostles that rim the edges of the Great Ocean Road is sure to be the best on any of the scenic flights Great Ocean Road.
You can also try the local restaurants that bring the local flavours to come into union in your palate. These popular restaurants are Brae, A La Grecque, Fisho’s Torquay, Chris’s Beacon Point, and so forth.
The Great Ocean Walk claimed to be the best walking trail of all, proves to be an amazing eight-day experience of 104 km walk from Apollo Bay to 12 Apostles through Otway along the rugged coastline.
Welcome to the unbelievable Great Ocean Road.
The Great Ocean Road trip guide is a road trip we compiled to bring you the highlights of major Great Ocean Road attractions. When time permits, we suggest you visit the minor attractions in between.
Approximate distance in Kilometres of major Attractions along the coast from Melbourne CBD to Great Ocean Road:
- Bells Beach (108km)
- Otway Fly Treetop Adventures(200km)
- Cape Otway light station (256km)
- 12 Apostles (277km)
- Loch Ard Gorge (280km)
- Flagstaff Maritime Hill and Museum (349km)
Book now to get the best out of Great Ocean Road Trips, where you’ll only get the top handpicked tours recommended by us including 12 Apostles Helicopter ride deals and 12 Apostles Helicopter discount.
Great Ocean Road – Minor Attractions (In order of distance from Melbourne CBD)
- Split Point Lighthouse
- Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch
- The Great Ocean Road Story Museum
- Teddy's Lookout
- The Erskine falls
- Carisbrook Creek
- Mariner's Lookout
- Mait’s rest
- The Hopetoun Falls
- The Little Aire Fall
- The Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park
- Gibson Steps
- London Arch
- The Bay of Islands Coastal Park
- Lake Pertobe
- Port Campbell
The Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park is a beautiful wildlife park that gives children and adults a chance to pet and feed native animals. The contact number is (03) 5237 5262, website: http://www.greatoceanroadwildlifepark.com. The address is 29 The Boulevarde, Gellibrand Lower VIC 3237, approximately 270km from Melbourne CBD.
Gibson Steps named after the pioneer, Hugh Gibson in the 18th century. It is a 30m high limestone cliff which has 86 steps that lead to the shore of the beach. These steps were built by the local tribe called Kirrae Whurrong for the use of local fisherman and others. There are two huge rock stacks namely Gog and Magog that are not part of the 12 Apostles, can be viewed both from the top and from the beach and the view is simply amazing. Tide conditions can be rough and unstable, but on a calm day, you can walk up to the 12 Apostles, which is only 1.1km away. There is no wheelchair access to the shore. It is a great spot for fishing and dangerous for swimming. The address is Gibson Steps, Port Campbell National Park, Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell VIC 3269, approximately 284km from Melbourne CBD.
London Arch formerly known as the London Bridge is a must-see attraction on the Great Ocean Road trip.The arch is stunning, and the unique natural sculpture will simply spellbind anyone. It used to be called London bridge up until 1990, and due to the fierce and constant pounding of the waves on the rocks, the bridge collapsed and crumbled into the sea leaving a lone stack on the shore. The address is Great Ocean Rd, Peterborough, VIC 3270, approximately 307km from Melbourne CBD
The Bay of Islands Coastal Park is a coastal reserve stretching 32km between the towns of Peterborough and Warrnambool. This coastal park has exceptional ocean views and geological features. Sheer cliffs and rock stacks dominate the bays, and heathlands display colourful spring wildflowers. Beaches are accessible at some points. The address is Nullawarre, VIC 3268, approximately 326km from Melbourne CBD.
Lake Pertobe is the best open space wonderland for all ages. This adventure park offers a fun time with or without kids with free bbq’s, picnic areas, kids play areas, maze, flying fox, cricket ground and so forth. Ideal for a relaxing walk or enjoy the lake. The address is Lake Pertobe Adventure Park, 50-120 Pertobe Road, Warrnambool, VIC 3280, approximately 359km from Melbourne CBD.
In Port Campbell, there are other minor attractions to cover such as The Grotto, Apostle Whey Cheese, Berry World, G.O.R.G.E Chocolates, Newtons Ridge Estate, Timboon Cheesery, Timboon Fine Ice Cream, Timboon Railway Shed Distillery etc.