What to see and do on the Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is one of those places I was keen to see again, after many years. This time I did it the way I always wanted. Going on a Great Ocean Road Coastal Drive! So, I hired a car in Melbourne and set off for an amazing 2 day coastal drive, stopping along the way to beautiful places, enjoying the gorgeous scenic view, watching surfers falling into the water, walking on sandy beaches and soaking up the ocean breeze, marvelling at the enchanting plants of ancient gumtree and rain forests.
There is indeed so much to do and see along the Great Ocean Road. The 12 Apostles are for sure the major highlight of the GOR, but I find this stretch of land and coast has more to offer than just a scenic coastal drive.
Stop for lunch and a stroll at Torquay´s Sunday Market
We first stopped at GEELONG’s visitor centre, indeed a great place to collect excellent informative material as well as quality advice on what to do and where to stop along the Great Ocean Road. From Geelong we drove to our next destination: Torquay a nice little village on the coast, with a lovely Sunday market of which you can view some nice captures here below.
Enjoy the beautiful beaches along the Great Ocean Road
The beach along the Great Ocean Road are simply stunning. Just south of Torquay you can stop for a short beautiful walk from where you can enjoy a magnificient view over the world famous Bells Beach. This is just one of the many breathtaking view you can have from there!! Take a look at it 🙂
I know that there is a secondary road that takes you down to the beach access, but do not worry if you miss out on that walk, along your way to the 12 apostels there are plenty of stops with easy beach access for a perfect break to stretch your legs and fill your lungs with the fresh ocean breeze!
After this gorgeous view we decided to stop for a walk on the beach…this place is just past Anglesea …take a look at the lovely encounter we had there! 🙂
This beautiful dog ran towards us holding the ball in his mouth and threw it at us….”what a lovely invitation” …I had a few goes and enjoyed playing with him….soon after the dog owner reached us for a lovely conversation about the place. It’s so easy and always a pleasure to get to know the locals in Australia! And yes, also australian animals are friendly and love socializing! Getting to know the locals is the best way to learn about Australian habits and the australian culture! A great way to discover hidden places that you would not otherwise learn about.
That guy gave us a good tip about a great place for spotting Kangaroos, which is the Golf Course in Anglesea and where to see Koalas on the Great Ocean Road. We found the golf course easily but we missed the place for koalas. Bad Luck or maybe just a blessing in disguise!! ….See what happened to us a few minutes after we realized we missed that turn on the Great Ocean Road !
For a second I was thinking of turning the car….and go back to that place…insane thought…this is somehting you should never do on the GOR!! ..the road is curved and narrow to allow no U-turns! Truly it is not safe.So please never do it, it is very dangerous. We kept driving for a minute feeling sorry for missing out, but with the vivid desire of seeing koalas! And all of a sudden out of the blue…. after a curve a little baby koala appeared crawling in the middle of the road! We were gasping and could not just believe it! We stopped the car at the edge of the road and jumped out to get a shot of him ….you see he was running away to escape from us humans, so lucky I managed to take a photo. Such a little cute koala! This is a very precious encounter I will always treasure in my travel memories!
Walking in the gumtree forest and in the rainforest along the GOR
We had beautiful walks in the Otway National Parks. There are a few from 20minute short walks to 1-2 hour moderate walks. You can literally spend days and weeks walking along the Great Ocean Road. Obviously you cannot fit everything in 2 days. You have to choose what you want to do. Since our time was limited to a couple of days we had just a few short walks. And yes I have kept the 91 km Great Ocean Road Walk for my next visit!! 🙂 Here below a sign with plenty of information about this gorgeous walk which can be done in 6-10 days starting from Geelong. Definitely a must do thing for walking lovers like me!
I hope you enjoyed this post with a few captures of my drive along the Great Ocean Road. There are more things to tell and lots of tips I can give you….so watch out for the next posts with more interesting stories about my travel across Australia.
Happy and Safe Travels in Australia!