When you consider the spectacular scenery, opportunities for activity and enjoyment and incredible natural features, there are very few reasons not to undertake a Great Ocean Road tour. The Great Ocean Road is a uniquely Australian holiday destination and is unrivalled in all that it offers travellers.
Victoria is one of the most popular Australian states to visit and while Melbourne tours will always be a great place to start your trip the Great Ocean Road is a great next stop – at any time of the year. Here we take a look at six of the very best reasons to visit this most beautiful part of Australia:
1: Amazing scenic routes
Spanning over two hundred kilometres, the Great Ocean Road includes: Geelong, the Bellarine, the Otways Region and the Surf Coast. Along the Great Ocean Road, some of Australia’s most amazing scenic routes are featured, with sights such as the historic Twelve Apostles and the world renowned Bells Beach being highlights.
2: Delicious local produce…including wine!
At the Geelong end of the Great Ocean Road, some incredible wineries are located. It is popular and highly recommended that you stop off to sample wine produced by the local wineries (totalling more than fifty in number). Delicious!
3: Experiences that you can access nowhere else
Great Ocean Road tours are characterised by diversity and variation and this, in part, explains why they are so popular and well worth doing! Only on a Great Ocean Road tour can you enjoy the rainforests and waterfalls of the Otway Ranges, Lank Corangamite’s volcanic lakes and the wildlife that is native to the You Yangs or the Brisbane Ranges. There are plenty of opportunities to hike or walk along established and scenic trails, numerous accommodation possibilities and the opportunity to engage in seasonal activities, such as: the harvesting of seasonal produce.
4: The Great Ocean Road is heaven for foodies
You will not be disappointed by the smorgasbord of delicious and fine quality restaurants and other eating establishments along the Great Ocean Road. Lorne, Torquay, Queenscliff, Apollo Bay and Geelong are all home to some fine restaurants and vibrant cafes that provide delicious cuisine and coffee.
It is also worth noting that the casual, relaxed, dynamic and also sophisticated atmosphere of these towns suits so many visitors of all walks of life and from all areas of the globe. Some wonderful festivals occur throughout the year and attract many people to the Great Ocean Road area.
5: Historical and cultural richness
If you are interested in local culture and history, you will be entranced by the Great Ocean Road. As well as enjoying the picturesque and quaint towns that are steeped in history and cultural significance, you are bound to love the historic buildings, institutions, museums and transport systems that can be found in towns along the Great Ocean Road.
6: A plethora of activities
If you like to be active and really get involved, you will find that there is no shortage of great activities to try during your time on the Great Ocean Road. Water sports, land-based sports, adventurous pursuits and even theme parks are available along the Great Ocean Road and you will find that your days can quickly be filled with a range of fun activities!
There is no denying that the Great Ocean Road is spectacular and beautiful – taking a tour is a life experience not to be missed. The people that you will meet in the towns along this amazing part of Australia will almost certainly welcome you to their part of the country and help you to find locations and activities and give you plenty of local knowledge to help you make the most of your time on the Great Ocean Road.