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Drive along the stunning Great Ocean Road to explore Australia’s dramatic southern coastline. Keep your camera ready, because craggy cliffs, charming villages, seal and penguin colonies and secluded beaches are possible sightings on every turn. The trip’s highlights are the impressive free-standing rocks called the Twelve Apostles, separated from the steep cliffs by the eroding effect of the ocean.
The Great Ocean Road starts at Torquay, which is an just over an hour’s drive southwest from Melbourne, in the direction of Avalon Airport. The winding road connects Torquay with Allansford in the southern state of Victoria. If you can’t hire a car, take a coach from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station to Geelong, the departure point for coastal bus services.
Learn how to surf on Bell’s Beach in Torquay, where some of Australia’s famous surf-wear brands started out. Further south is Anglesea, a coastal town surrounded by rainforest. Kayak over the Anglesea River or visit the Sunday craft market .
Enjoy the many cultural delights in Airey’s Inlet or climb the historic Split Point Lighthouse. Explore the Great Otway National Park at Lorne and hike through heath and rainforest to the Erskine Falls. Drive inland from Apollo Bay to do the Otway Treetop Walk.
If you love hiking solo or with a guide, set out on the Great Ocean Walk from Apollo Bay. The 8-day coastal trail leads all the way to the Twelve Apostles viewing platform in Port Campbell National Park. Camp along the way if you can carry your gear or book hotels along the way.
As seen from Port Campbell National Park, the limestone towers that make up the Twelve Apostles are sure to impress. Don’t be surprised to find only eight rock formations; the name is merely symbolical. Return to the viewing deck at dusk to see little penguins waddle ashore.
Finish your road trip at the historic quarter of Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village in Warrnambool and treat yourself to fresh seafood with ocean views.
The room was large and spacious. Try and book on the front side of the resort - room 103 over the roller door to undercover carpark was noisy and lacked privacy when using the balcony.
We enjoyed the serenity of looking onto the golf course, very peaceful. We would have liked the option of being able to sit on the balcony however there were no outdoor chairs. Recommend they are included on the balcony.
The room looks new and is clean. Stocked with basic amenity such as cutlery, kettle, fridge, microwave and toaster. Arguably located at the most scenic part of town.
Great place to stay. Walk across the road for food and the otherway to the beach. Kids loved the playground too.
It was a nice setup. Unfortunately few minor things and dryer made horrendous noises like it was about to blow up so couldn’t do laundry but other than that present stay
Such a glorious place and perfect, economic, point from which to explore the 12 Apostles and beyond. The owners and managers of the property were simply lovely, and there is so much to do that you could keep kids entertained for days while you read a sneaky book or two by the fire :) Go!