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The Great Ocean Road..

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Great Ocean Road

Courtesy of Angie Watson

The Great Ocean Road is a world renowned driving route located in the state of Victoria, Australia, running along the south coast. It is an iconic drive that can be enjoyed by car, campervan, motorbike or bicycle, or by escorted tour if you’d prefer. This iconic drive begins in Torquay, not too far from Melbourne, and wends it’s way west hugging the cliffs and providing stunning views across bays, down to rocky shores and of beautiful beaches. Look inland and you’ll see lush green forest, cascading waterfalls and a plethora of activities to enjoy. Stop in the seaside towns along the way, and browse the eclectic mix of shops, galleries and restaurants on offer. Watch the surfers and fishermen, or take in a lesson and have a go for yourself.

Great Ocean Road

Courtesy of Angie Watson


The drive is best done in two days, and we’d suggest breaking the journey with a night in the seaside town of Apollo Bay. From here, embark on the second part of the journey, where the road heads slightly away from the coast, but with plenty of stopping points where short walks take you to awe-inspiring views of dramatic coastal scenery caused by erosion of the limestone cliffs. Consider taking a helicopter flight over the renowned 12 Apostle formation (although there are only actually 8), see the Grotto, London Bridge and the Arches. Learn about the Loch Ard- one of the many ships that was wrecked along this dangerous coast.

At the end of the Great Ocean Road, stay overnight in Warrnambool or quaint Port Fairy, enjoying the laid back Aussie lifestyle apparent here. From the coast, you could then choose to head inland to the Grampians National Park or the gold mining town of Ballarat, head back along the coast to Melbourne or head into South Australia- there are plenty of possibilities. For more information on how the Great Ocean Road can be incorporated into a wider Australian holiday, call our office on 01323 446550, email us at  info@experienceholidays.co.uk or see our website- www.experienceholidays.co.uk.


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