The Great Ocean Road
region hugs the contours
rugged south west coast and
offers visitors one of Australia's
greatest and most spectacular coastal drives.
Start your journey in Geelong
and the Bellarine
beautiful beaches, great eateries, a fascinating heritage and an
of recreational opportunities from fishing and golfing to diving and
Take in the colourful and lively ambience of bayside Geelong,
second largest city, or visit quaint Queenscliff and discover the
maritime history, excellent restaurants and heritage hotels.
Along the coast, seaside
resort towns such
as Lorne and Apollo Bay are
the perfect base
for a seaside escape. They offer stunning beaches and water sports as
some of Australia's
rainforest scenery in the nearby Otway Ranges.
One of the most visited
stretches of the
road is Port Campbell. Buffeted by wild seas and fierce winds, the
around Port Campbell has been sculpted over millions of years to form a
of striking rock stacks that rise out of the Southern Ocean. Known as
Twelve Apostles, they are one of the most spectacular natural
attractions in Victoria.
The Great Ocean
Road region also has a rich
maritime past. Historic towns such as Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland
allow you to
enjoy seafaring village life, with their fishing wharves, beautifully
colonial buildings and maritime museums recounting the stories of ships
have foundered off the rugged shipwreck coast.