The Great Ocean Road is the most popular journey in Australia. There is the most scenic coastal route which is also the world’s largest war memorial. There is a lot to see, so I would recommend this route to everyone. I am sure that many of you are dreaming to visit the most famous Twelve Apostles, the Memorial Arch at Eastern View or the iconic lighthouse at Airey Inlet. Or they will be happy to have their holiday in Torquay or Appollo Bay or to try the famous Rip Curl Pro surf beach – Bells Beach. But there are many interesting not so popular spots you should not miss on your trip to the Great Ocean Road.
Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
The newest attraction on The Great Ocean Road is the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery for chocolate lovers. It is on the main road but you can easily miss it if you don’t have it on your to-do list. The Chocolaterie is a really interesting experience because you can watch through huge windows how the creative chefs are making the art of best quality Belgian chocolate and you can enjoy free tastings of chocolate and ice-creams. They have 250 different handcrafted chocolate varieties, 7000 truffles and different decadent treats with fine chocolates, fresh fruits or varieties of nuts. With every cake, you will receive for free a coffee cup with fine liquid chocolate from the chocolate fountains.
Kangaroos in the Golf Club
I would recommend you to stop in the small town of Anglesea and to visit the Golf Club. It is not in a touristic attraction, but there you can take a ride with a golf cart around the field which is home to a large group of kangaroos. Many kangaroos are jumping around with their babies in the pockets. You need an hour and you will have a really great experience to remember.
Wildlife in Kennett River
After the small town Lorne and the famous Teddy’s Lookout there is another secret attraction you should not miss – Kennett River. You should turn onto Grey River Road, close to the camping. There is the Kennett River where you can see koalas in their natural habitat among the eucalyptus trees. On the other side of the river close to the main road, you can also see a lot of Kangaroos in their natural habitat. So it is an amazing place to see Australian wildlife without any fees.
Only 20 minutes drive after the famous Appollo Bay you can experience a nice and easy circuit walk through the magnificent sub-temperate rainforest Maist Rest. If you don’t have time and you don’t want to spend a lot of money on the famous eco-tour experience in Otway Fly Tree Top Walk, you can experience the nature in Maist Rest. You can explore there the mountain ash trees, ancient tree ferns and a bubbling creek.
Way back to Melbourne
After the dream destination point – the Twelve Apostles is time to return to Melbourne. I would recommend travelling inland via Colac to safe around 2 hours drive. Colac is an amazing nice town to stop. There you can explore the magnificent lake and bird reserve and beautiful park.