The Great Ocean Road, spanning more than two hundred kilometres between Geelong and Portland in Victoria, takes in superb coastal scenery, picturesque towns and amazing natural land forms. As a Great Ocean Road tour is undertaken and you travel this remarkable and memorable part of Australia, there are many sights that should definitely not be missed.
Here we take a look at six of the Great Ocean Road’s unmissable sights:
1: The Twelve Apostles
When images of the Great Ocean Road are shown, the Twelve Apostles tend to feature prominently. Huge limestone formations that protrude from the ocean, the Twelve Apostles are located close to the shoreline and within Port Campbell National Park.
It is interesting to note that the Twelve Apostles were formerly part of Australia’s mainland and were created through erosion in the Southern Ocean.
As the Great Ocean Road is negotiated, you will come across some of the most breathtaking and beautiful beaches of not only Australia, but the world. Torquay, Jan Juc, Bells Beach, Anglesea, Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Fairy are just a few locations along the Great Ocean Road that are characterised by impressive beaches that are not to be missed.
3: The Otways
No Great Ocean Road tour is complete without seeing the Otways and its beautiful rainforest landscapes. The Otways is Victoria’s most famous rainforest and for good reason – this rainforest is amazing and perfect for a walk in which you will see some of the state’s finest plant life and incredible ecosystems.
Although there are many intriguing and inviting towns along the Great Ocean Road, Torquay is world renowned and, as it is home to Bells Beach – a place of international surf importance and location of many world-class surfing championships, it is well worth a visit.
If you are a surfer, are interested in surfing or even just love and respect the beach, you will love Torquay and thoroughly enjoy the time that you spend in this coastal town.
5: Historical landmarks and information points
The Great Ocean Road is not only beautiful and breathtaking, it is full of history and significance. The road itself was constructed shortly after World War One and contains historical markers and memorials that commemorate and provide information about those who sacrificed their lives during the Great War.
Stopping to visit memorials and museums will enlighten you to the history of the Great Ocean Road, its towns, Victoria and even Australia more broadly and will probably provide you with a greater appreciation of the area.
The coastline that is featured along the Great Ocean Road is quite a treacherous stretch of coast that has seen in excess of one hundred and eighty sea vessels become shipwrecked. Amazing shipwreck sites, including the Loch Ard Shipwreck, are available to see and explore along the Great Ocean Road and these sites come with some fascinating and incredulous stories.
Victoria is an amazing part of Australia and while Melbourne tours are highly recommended, be sure to factor in enough time to visit the Great Ocean Road. This part of Victoria is beautiful and offers something for every traveller – no matter what their interests or the desires that they have of a holiday. While you will find many interesting things to see along the Great Ocean Road, do not miss the previously mentioned highlights.