The iconic Great Ocean Road (GOR), one of Australia’s top attractions, winds alongside the Southern ocean, with stunning views along the way.
About a hour and a half’s drive from Melbourne’s city centre, the road spans 400 kilometres from the town of Torquay to Nelson on the South Australian border. With craggy cliffs, beautiful sandy beaches and dense wildlife, you really can’t miss this if you’re in the region. Also, if you’re into surfing, this is surfers’ paradise! I took a day trip (12 hours) from Melbourne which was well worth it if you’re short on time. It’s a long day but you can see some of the main sights (stunning rock formations) along the coast, including the 12 Apostles. If however you have some flexibility, I would recommend spending at least a couple of days exploring the small coastal towns and beaches along the GOR to get a more relaxed experience.
As there are numerous tours that go to the GOR, it can get really busy which is why I’d really recommend checking out the reverse itinerary tour which I took. The itinerary aims to beat the crowds that tend to follow a set route. As it’s a guided tour, you’ll also learn about the region’s scenic landscapes and coastal towns during the day.
Here are some of the tour’s highlights:
12 ApostlesLoch Ard GorgeThe RazorbackPort CampbellLondon Bridge