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Here's What to See on Australia's Stunning Great Ocean Road

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by Matador Creators Jan 5, 2023

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most iconic tourist routes, stretching along the south-eastern coast of Victoria from Torquay to Allansford. Stretching for 151 miles, it offers spectacular ocean views and some breathtaking scenery. Along the way, visitors can explore a range of attractions including beaches, surfing spots, wildlife viewing areas, and stunning rainforest walks. There are also numerous great restaurants and cafes, galleries and museums to discover in the small towns along the route.

And with the Great Ocean Road’s dramatic coastlines and breathtaking views, it’s safe to say it’s downright breathtaking.

Where does the Great Ocean Road start and end?

aerial view looking down on the great ocean road

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The Great Ocean Road starts at Torquay in the Surf Coast region of Victoria, and ends at Allansford in the southwest of the state. Along the way you will find some great towns including Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay, Port Campbell and Warrnambool. No matter which direction you head along the great ocean road – you’re sure to be rewarded with spectacular views of rugged cliffs, pristine beaches and captivating landscapes that extend out into Bass Strait and beyond.

If you stop at all the locations recommended below, it’ll be about a five-hour drive. But considering how many more places there are to stop and how much time you’ll want to spend at each place, it’s a good idea to make it into a two-day trip. Around the halfway point is Apollo Bay, a town with lodging ranging from glamping to beachside resorts.

The best stops on Australia’s Great Ocean Road

The great ocean road offers an array of attractions suited to all budgets and tastes. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely drive, thrilling adventure or great foodie spots – this incredible route has something to offer everyone! Here are just some of the best stops on Australia’s great ocean road:

  • Kennett River Koala Walk: An ideal spot to observe wild koalas in their natural habitat. The walk begins at Kafe Koala in the town of Kennecott River. Be sure to give them plenty of space. They’re cute, but they’re still wild animals.
  • Twelve Apostles: These iconic rock stacks rise out of the Southern Ocean near Port Campbell National Park and make for a stunning photo opportunity.
  • Loch Ard Gorge: One of the highlights of the great ocean road – visitors can explore beautiful beaches and take in spectacular views from towering cliffs.
  • Bells Beach: This popular surf spot is one of Australia’s most renowned waves, with great conditions for both beginner and experienced surfers.
  • Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery: Located in Bellarine, this great spot is perfect for a brunch or lunch stop (and makes delicious ice cream and chocolate).


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