The Great Ocean Road, west of Melbourne in Victoria, is one of the most iconic road trips in Australia and even the world! The 243km coastal drive is packed full of amazing things to see and do, so it should definitely be enjoyed slowly over a few days. Here are 7 reasons why you should put a road trip along the Great Ocean Road at the top of your travel bucket list.
- The stunning scenery
The Great Ocean Road is most popularly recognised by its amazing views of the 12 Apostles. These are the spectacular rock stacks that are scattered off the rugged south coast of Australia. Most travellers would recognise a photo of this stunning scenery immediately – but it is even more breathtaking in real life!
2. The world-class beaches
Along the way, you can stop off at several pristine white beaches and go for a dip in the water or relax in the sun. Surf fans will be pleased that there are also some of the best surf beaches to catch a wave. Don’t miss Bells beach for famous surfing and Torquay for swimming, fishing, and relaxing.
3. Awesome adventures
If you are into anything outdoorsy, you will love this drive. There are plenty of opportunities to go hiking, take part in treetop adventures, and go kayaking – where you might even encounter some friendly fur seals!
4. Australian wildlife
The southern coast of Australia is home to a diverse array of unique animals, so you will be guaranteed to spot a few cute critters in the wild! Keep an eye out for kangaroos, koalas, emus, birds, and at certain times of the year, you might see whales migrating off the coast.
5. National parks
Immerse yourself in some of Australia’s most spectacular rainforests scenery in the Great Otway National Park. Take the Maits Rest Rainforest Walk and then camp the night at one of several camping grounds in the surrounding area.
With the diverse terrain along the Great Ocean Road, it is the perfect region to see some awe-inspiring waterfalls. Don’t miss Erskine Falls, Triplet Falls, and Phantom Falls if you are a lover of chasing waterfalls!
7. The food and drinks
Aside from spectacular natural beauty, the Great Ocean Road is home to some pretty great cafes, restaurants, and bars. So when you are all adventured-out for the day, you can indulge your way through some incredibly tasty food and drinks at several places along the way.
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