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.

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Welcome to The Great Ocean Road

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Winding Down on the Great Ocean Road

Most towns on the Great Ocean Road are no more than an hour apart. Pick a few spots and spend a day winding your way through them.

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Pond Cafe

39 The Esplanade
Torquay VIC
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Pond

Stop for Seven Seeds coffee and some breakfast in Torquay, just over an hour out of Melbourne.

10am

Fairhaven Beach


Fairhaven VIC
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Fairhaven Beach

Break up the drive with a quick dip or walk along part of Fairhaven beach’s six kilometres of sand.

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Captain Moonlite

100 Great Ocean Road
Anglesea VIC
(03) 5263 2454
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Captain Moonlite

Have a light lunch of snapper with cauliflower and currants in Anglesea, and enjoy panoramic views of the water from the deck of the surf life saving club.

2pm

The Otways


The Otways VIC
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The Otways

Drive through the dense Otways forest, then walk the short track to the majestic Stevenson Falls.

6pm

Brae Guest Suites

4285 Cape Otway Road
Birregurra VIC
(03) 5236 2226
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Brae

Dinner will be picked from the garden, cooked by some of the country’s best chefs and matched with wine. Retire to your spacious suite on the property.