Published on 11th July 2016
by Kelly Pigram (words) and Gareth Sobey (photography)

It’s known as one of the best drives in the world and we recommend taking it slow to explore this majestic stretch of winding coastline.

The Great Ocean Road twists and turns for more than 200 kilometres from Torquay to as far as Portland. The drive is punctuated with beaches, from the roaring pro surfer’s choice of Bells Beach, to the Norfolk-pine-lined beachfront at Torquay with its protected foreshore. The jagged limestone of the Twelve Apostles will always impress, no matter how many times you stand in front of the eight remaining rock formations.

Head inland to explore the lush surrounds of the Otways. Trek through the tall trees as the sounds of a running stream or waterfall calls you further. Take a guided canoe tour of Lake Elizabeth – you may even spot a platypus. Or stop by the Forrest Brewery for a beer.

Winter on the Great Ocean Road is as impressive during the warmer months. You can retreat beside an open fire or savour locally grown food without waiting for a table. Watch the Southern Ocean in all its glory while you make yourself a cup of tea, and see the die-hard surfers for whom the cold is no deterrent.

Most places you’ll want to stop at on the Great Ocean Road are no more than an hour apart, and you won’t complain about the drive between them. Unique accommodation options abound, including a guest suite attached to a famous regional restaurant on 30 acres, and a lighthouse cottage.

Welcome to The Great Ocean Road


Simple dishes and fresh seafood dominate the menus at many restaurants along the Great Ocean Road.

Pond Cafe


A beachfront breakfast spot with a healthy, inventive menu.

La Bimba


The shining culinary star of Apollo Bay.

The Bottle of Milk


Featuring 25 different burgers.


The Great Ocean Road is home to some classic coastal pubs that are cosy in the cooler months.

Aireys Pub


When a pub is this big, it only makes sense to install a brewery in-house.

The Forrest Brewing Company


What better way to finish a bike ride than with a fresh beer?



A laid-back pub with beach views and an outstanding beer garden.



Luxury suites attached to a celebrated restaurant, and lighthouse cottages.