One of the most popular journeys in Australia, when you are visiting Melbourne or Victoria State, is the most scenic coastal route along The Great Ocean Road. The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage. It is 243 kilometres or 151 miles road along the Southeastern coast of Australia between Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. It is built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and is dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I. It makes The Great Ocean Road be the world’s largest war memorial.
Many travellers are making this trip for a day to the Twelve Apostles Region, but the trip is more fun and a big adventure if you actually have a bit more time, because on the way there are really nice things to do. We started our trip at the Spring Creek Bridge in Torquay. I will recommend you itinerary for 2 days trip from Torquay to Twelve Apostles Region by car. But if you have a week it will be even better, because you will have enough time to explore all the amazing points.
Starting at the beautiful Torquay town…
So we started our trip really early in the morning from the small quiet seaside town Torquay, Victoria. Torquay is famous for its beaches. If you want to swim or just to spend your day with friends or family on the beach, you can visit Front Beach or Cosy Corner. On the other hand, if you are more extreme and love to surf, don’t miss your chance to surf at the Back Beach at Rocky Point. The town is famous also with the Australian National Surfing Museum which is actually the world’s largest surfing – beach culture museum. So this is something that you should visit and also if you are a surfer yourself you can visit Surf City Plaza in the town, where you can buy big brands and outlets for your surfing style.
Don’t miss Rip Curl Pro surf beach…
If you are a great surf fan or you are surfing don’t miss to see the famous Bells Beach which is only 7 kilometres from Torquay, along with The Great Ocean Road. Bells Beach is Australia’s most famous surfing beach where every Easter the Rip Curl Pro surf carnival is situated. There are coming many international competitors and just fans of surfing to enjoy your favourite water sport and spectacular competition.
Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery for chocolate lovers…
One of the newest attraction on Great Ocean Road is the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. The place opens last year in the middle of September. The Chocolaterie is really easy to be found because is on the main road. There are a big parking lot and a lot of entertainments for everybody. You can watch how the creative chefs are making the art of best quality Belgian chocolate through huge viewing windows. Everyone could also enjoy free tastings of chocolate and ice-creams and to discover 250 different handcrafted chocolate varieties and 7000 truffles. The place has also a big green field where kids and families could enjoy their time with a special place for kids animation. If you don’t have enough sweets you can buy from their amazing crafted chocolate delights or enjoy the decadent treat from the Pod cafe with fine chocolates, fresh fruits or varieties of nuts. With every cake or special kind of treat, you will receive for free a coffee cup with fine liquid chocolate on your choice from the chocolate fountains in the Pod cafe. So just enjoy your time 🙂
See more about the place here: https://www.gorci.com.au/
See the kangaroos playing golf…
After we took our chocolate bomb we continued our trip much happier and with life much sweeter. Our next stop was the small town Anglesea which is nice and amazing like all small towns on Great Ocean Road. But I will recommend you there to visit Anglesea Golf Club – this is a place that you should not miss. It is not in the touristic guides, but the Golf Course is home to a large group of kangaroos. You can take a ride with the golf cart around the golf field and see many kangaroos jumping around with their babies in the pockets. We paid only 10 AUD so it is really worth it for the price because all the Sanctuaries are much more expensive. The tour is around 45 minutes and it is a really nice experience. Just enter in the Golf Club and ask on the counter for Kangaroo tour. The restaurant is also really nice to have some lunch or dinner there on your way.
The iconic lighthouse at Airey Inlet
Our next stop was Split Point Lighthouse at Airey Inlet spectacular surroundings where you can take the short walking track beyond the lighthouse to enjoy the scenic views over the cliffs and ocean. It is a nice stop for a while. But if you want to do the 2-days trip itinerary, don’t stay so long.
Memorial Arch at Eastern View
Again on the way, you can’t miss the next stop which is the Memorial Arch at Eastern View which is built as a tribute to the soldiers from the First World War who were engaged in the construction of the Great Ocean Road. You can make a great photo here, so don’t miss this opportunity.
Enjoy the view from Teddy’s Lookout
The next town on our way is Lorne – a small charming seaside town with a lot of cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. If you are hungry it is a great place to try some traditional Australian dishes, so it is a great stop for lunch. You can also just have your time swimming or take one of the many walks in the area. If you drive up Otway Street and follow the sign to Erskine Falls only 10 km inland and you will see one of the highest waterfalls on the Otway Region, take the 200 steps to the base of the waterfall. But if you still have only 2 days for it, miss the waterfall, but don’t miss the famous Teddy’s lookout. It is at the end of George Street which is a really interesting place because all crossing streets are really steep, so be careful with driving on them. Don’t miss Teddy’s Lookout, because there you will be amazed by the spectacular views of the St. George River and The Great Ocean Road coastline.
More wild nature in Kennett River
Our next stop was Kennett River where you can see koalas in their natural habitat among the eucalyptus trees. When you turn onto Grey River Road not far from the cafe and camping ground you will see Kennett River. Actually, we stop also on the other side of the river and there we saw just lying on the ground many Kangaroos also in their natural habitat. We notice them after we saw a really excited lady to run back to her car to take her camera and she was explaining to us that there are many kangaroos lying on the ground. So then we realize that Kennett river is a really nice place if you want to see Australian wildlife without any fees.
Appollo Bay – nice place for your first night
On our way in the first day, we reach pretty late Apollo Bay. It was good for us, because exactly after the town the Great Ocean Road was closed, because of a big car accident previous night exactly on this part. So we couldn’t continue anyway and we were hoping that the next day we can continue our trip To The Twelve Apostles. I will recommend you to book in advance to your hostel, hotel or inn to stay overnight because the place is really busy. There are many nice and different varieties of places to stay according to your own budget. Even the hostels there was looking really nice from outside. Of course, if you don’t book it in advance and you can’t find somewhere to sleep. Still, it is possible to sleep in the car for a while before you to continue because Appollo Bay is actually the first town from the Great Ocean Road where is not officially forbidden to sleep in the car.