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Great Ocean RoadAustralia

See the giant Twelve Apostles, go surfing or hiking, laze on a secluded beach and spot seals or penguins along Australia’s most famous coastal road.

Drive along the stunning Great Ocean Road to explore Australia’s dramatic southern coastline. Keep your camera ready, because craggy cliffs, charming villages, seal and penguin colonies and secluded beaches are possible sightings on every turn. The trip’s highlights are the impressive free-standing rocks called the Twelve Apostles, separated from the steep cliffs by the eroding effect of the ocean.

The Great Ocean Road starts at Torquay, which is an just over an hour’s drive southwest from Melbourne, in the direction of Avalon Airport. The winding road connects Torquay with Allansford in the southern state of Victoria. If you can’t hire a car, take a coach from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station to Geelong, the departure point for coastal bus services.

Learn how to surf on Bell’s Beach in Torquay, where some of Australia’s famous surf-wear brands started out. Further south is Anglesea, a coastal town surrounded by rainforest. Kayak over the Anglesea River or visit the Sunday craft market .

Enjoy the many cultural delights in Airey’s Inlet or climb the historic Split Point Lighthouse. Explore the Great Otway National Park at Lorne and hike through heath and rainforest to the Erskine Falls. Drive inland from Apollo Bay to do the Otway Treetop Walk.

If you love hiking solo or with a guide, set out on the Great Ocean Walk from Apollo Bay. The 8-day coastal trail leads all the way to the Twelve Apostles viewing platform in Port Campbell National Park. Camp along the way if you can carry your gear or book hotels along the way.

As seen from Port Campbell National Park, the limestone towers that make up the Twelve Apostles are sure to impress. Don’t be surprised to find only eight rock formations; the name is merely symbolical. Return to the viewing deck at dusk to see little penguins waddle ashore.

Finish your road trip at the historic quarter of Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village in Warrnambool and treat yourself to fresh seafood with ocean views.

Top hotels in Great Ocean Road

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Wyndham Resort Torquay
Wyndham Resort Torquay
4 out of 5
100 The Esplanade, Torquay, VIC
The price is AU$135 per night

Situated by the ocean, this romantic hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Front Beach, Torquay Central Farmers Market and Surf World Museum. Torquay Golf Club and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (908 reviews)
Great facilities

"Great facilities and location rooms and bathrooms very clean"…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb. 2020

Wyndham Resort Torquay
Cumberland Lorne Resort
Cumberland Lorne Resort
4.5 out of 5
150 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne, VIC
The price is AU$259 per night

Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lorne Surf Life Saving Club and Lorne Sea Baths. Live Wire Park and Teddy's ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,559 reviews)

"Great Location for restaurants and beach. No need to use car. . Large apartment. Indoor pool. Games room. Tennis courts."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2020

Cumberland Lorne Resort
Mantra Lorne
Mantra Lorne
4.5 out of 5
Mountjoy Parade, Lorne, VIC
The price is AU$129 per night

Located in the heart of Lorne, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lorne Sea Baths and Lorne Surf Life Saving Club. Lorne Country Club and Teddy's ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,286 reviews)

"Nice hotel in great location, close to the beach, shops and restaurants."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2020

Mantra Lorne

Popular places to visit in Great Ocean Road

The Twelve Apostles
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The Twelve Apostles

4.5/5(154 reviews)

Appearing to proceed solemnly around the Shipwreck Coast of Victoria, these colossal limestone formations are a breathtaking sight to behold on the Great Ocean Road.

Great Otway National Park
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Great Otway National Park

4.5/5(328 reviews)

Marvel at the natural beauty of this Cape Otway reserve as you camp in dense rainforest, walk atop coastal cliffs or bike down trails flanked by ferns and waterfalls.

Bell's Beach
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Bell's Beach

4.5/5(286 reviews)

The home of one of Australia’s most prestigious surf contests has powerful Southern Ocean swells, high bluffs and some excellent cliff-top viewpoints.

Top activities in Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne
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Great Ocean Road Small-Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

96% of travellers recommend
AU$135
Per adult
Full-Day Premium Great Ocean Road Tour by Gray Line
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Full-Day Premium Great Ocean Road Tour by Gray Line

88% of travellers recommend
AU$176
Per adult
Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles Tour from Melbourne
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Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles Tour from Melbourne

90% of travellers recommend
AU$135
Per adult
Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Melbourne
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Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour from Melbourne

78% of travellers recommend
AU$125
Per adult
Small Group Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Classic Day Tour
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Small Group Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Classic Day Tour

100% of travellers recommend
AU$165
Per adult
12 Apostles Great Ocean Road National Park Tour Experience
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12 Apostles Great Ocean Road National Park Tour Experience

100% of travellers recommend
AU$135
Per adult