Great Ocean Road
Visit Geelong by the bay, and see if you can work out where the holiday lifestyle ends and the dynamic regional city begins. A stone’s throw beyond Geelong and you’re journeying the Great Ocean Road – a “wish list” road trip that takes you where the forest meets the ocean for more than 200 spectacular kilometres and includes the iconic Twelve Apostles.
Exciting attractions, fabulous restaurants and bars, landscaped gardens, wide walking paths, regular events and beautiful Corio Bay combine to make Waterfront Geelong a 'must do' destination. If its adventure you seek, there is plenty of that too. You can explore the waterfront by helicopter, cruise, seaplane, jet boat or even motorcycle.
Torquay is the gateway to the Great Ocean Road and birthplace of the global surf industry, home to the international Rip Curl and Quiksilver brands. Surf World Museum is a 'must do' attraction and recounts how Torquay became the spiritual and commercial home of surfing in Australia.
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is the world’s biggest war memorial, built by soldiers returned from fighting in Europe and the Middle East in the First World War in honour of their fallen comrades. One of the many 'must dos' along the road is a stop over at Eastern View for a photograph under the Great Ocean Road Arch, or alongside the life-sized bronze monument 'The Diggers'.
Don't miss platypus spotting on serene Lake Elizabeth. An amazing place to see the famous and elusive 100 million year old egg laying mammal. Take a canoe and paddle at dawn or dusk to visit the platypus in its own habitat.
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
The Otway Fly is the world’s longest & tallest tree canopy walk. This 600 metre long canopy walk is nestled in the rainforest of the Great Ocean Road. The structure gradually takes you above ground level where at the top of the spiral tower lookout you will be 47 metres above the ground. Don’t just walk among the tree tops, breeze through them on the new Zip Line experience.
Great Ocean Walk
The Great Ocean Walk, stretches 104kms from the idyllic resort town of Apollo Bay, to within sight of the magnificent Twelve Apostles. Weave through beautiful National Parks, walk deserted beaches and gaze over pristine marine sanctuaries. Step on and off the trail with convenience; enjoy comfortable accommodation and excellent local meals or pitch your tent at picturesque spots along the way.
The Twelve Apostles are giant rock stacks that rise majestically from the Southern Ocean and are the central feature of the rugged Port Campbell National Park. Sunrise and sunset offer particularly impressive views as the Twelve Apostles change colour from dark and foreboding in shadow to brilliant sandy yellow under a full sun. See them from the viewing platforms, or from a helicopter.
A major regional city, Warrnambool is the perfect place to enjoy the seaside. You can walk or go cycling along the promenade or take in the ocean views from a café. Warrnambool is also famous as a whale nursery with Southern Right Whales coming to Logans Beach each winter to give birth to their calves.
At Tower Hill, a dormant volcano, visitors are guaranteed of seeing koalas, kangaroos and emus, as well as other abundant Australian wildlife. The climb to the top of the volcano offers fantastic views of the coastline to Port Fairy and beyond. Take a guided tour to also learn about Aboriginal bush tucker.
Uncover history in every corner of this charming fishing village at the end of the Great Ocean Road. Wide streets are lined by nineteenth century cottages, Norfolk pines, old stone churches and inns. Many fine examples of 1800s architecture remain intact, and more than 50 buildings are heritage listed.