MELBOURNE TO GREAT OCEAN ROAD
The drive from Melbourne to Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. Spanning 243 kilometres the Great Ocean Road runs along the Victorian coast and provides breathtaking views of the headlands, cliffs and beaches. Consisting of a long single winding road it provides some beautiful stops along the way.
Located in the surf town of Torquay, Blackmans Brewery serves up a range of handcrafted beer which is brewed on site.
Bells beach has been made famous by one of the world’s longest running surf competitions- The Rip Curl Pro. With a dramatic cliff face and large Southern Ocean swells its the perfect spot for an experienced surfer looking to catch a wave.
The beautiful beachside town of Lorne brings a very local feel to your journey and a great place to stay if you’re looking to spend the night. The main part of Lorne is filled with small boutique stores, places to eat and galleries. In the month of March Lorne also hosts a beachside sculpture exhibit where you can see several sculptures by the foreshore.
Whether you’re just passing through Lorne or looking to staying overnight be sure to visit two spots. The first is Erskine Falls in the Great Otways National Park and the second is a beautiful lookout called Teddys Lookout.
Stackpebble beach is a very small beach directly off the great Ocean road in Sugerloaf. The entire length of this beach is full of pebbles stacked on top of each other.
Apollo Bay is another great location if you are looking to spend the night. Apollo Bay has a range of beautiful restaurants serving freshly caught seafood and other local product. Bimbas restaurant was a standout with some very tasty seafood dishes.
Drive through the Great Otway National Park to the southmost tip of the Great Ocean Road region. Visit Australia’s oldest mainland lighthouse situated at the top of one of the towering cliffs overlooking the water.
This is one of the most breathtaking sites along the Great Ocean Road drive. Take the 86 steps down to the beach and prepare to be dwarfed by the enormity of the rock formations before you. Tides down at this beach can come in very quickly so to be sure to keep an eye out for this and not venture too far.
Created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs millions of years ago, the stormy Southern Ocean and blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs. These caves collapsed over time from the constant extreme weather conditions to form the 12 rock formations known as the 12 Apostles.
Originally as the name suggests there were in fact 12 rock formations but due to the constant erosion from the southern ocean there are only 8 remaining.
Just three minutes from the 12 Apostles is the Loch Ard Gorge. Loch Ard Gorge is home to a small bay with clear blue water and surrounded by beautiful cliff faces. In 1878 a large ship called Loch Ard beached at a nearby island after a long a torturous journey from England. Only two of the 54 passengers survived, a young girl called Eva and Tom. The two remaining formations have been named after the survivors.
The London Bridge is another main rock formation just past the main lookout of the 12 Apostles. The interesting story behind the London Bridge was around the collapse back in 1990. The main arch had cracked and fell into the sea. Miraculously no one was injured but two people were marooned and had to be rescued by helicopter.
There is a range of accommodation that you can find from Melbourne to Great Ocean Road ranging from retreats to motels. We found a number of great motels on the beach listed on Airbnb at a fraction of the price of the retreats. Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell are the three major towns along the way where you can rest and revive. Check out Airbnb for availability and listings.
Enjoy the journey from Melbourne to Great Ocean Road and back again!