Great Ocean Road is one of the world's most breathtaking coastal drives. It features gigantic cliffs, wild surf, serene bays, thriving rainforests, soaring rock stacks and captivating wildlife.
Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula are the gateway to the Great Ocean Road. Geelong is Victoria's largest regional city. The new look waterfront, cultural and artistic attractions, and wineries and restaurants make Geelong a "must see" on your way down the Great Ocean Road. If you like a round of golf, the Bellarine Peninsula's courses are among Australia's best.
In Portland you can see the sights, find out about colourful history of the region, get back to nature, surf some waves, catch a fish or dine on great local produce and wine.
Torquay, surfing capital, is a holiday resort town, where the beach-based culture is at its strongest. The Surfworld Museum captures the spirit of surfing in pictures and hands-on displays. Here you can find both protected family beaches, and the surging surf beaches. Bells Beach, world famous beach, is the venue for the Rip Curl Pro which is held every Easter.
The Surf Coast Walk is spectacular in any weather.
Discover spectacular rock sculptures of the Twelve Apostles, striking waterfalls and a stunning treetop walk through the Otways rainforests. Be amazed by southern right whales at Warrnambool, kangaroos and koalas at the Tower Hill State Game Reserve and thousands of glow worms at Melba Gully State Park.
At Turtons Track discover thundering waterfalls or picnic at Lake Elizabeth. Visit Cape Bridgewater and the beautiful Glenelg River. There are stacks of additional tours to do while travelling down Great Ocean Road. Why not go further inland to the Grampians National Park and the Goldfields? Visit Victoria's western border to south east South Australia or go to Port Phillip Bay in the east.
The ocean offers great waves for swimmers and surfers or you can cycle, horse ride, kayak, golf and do the cliff top walk. At Otway Ranges you can do some extreme downhill mountain bike rides or challenging four-wheel drive and if all that was not enough take to the air and enjoy amazing views of the coast from a helicopter.
If you want to focus on the breathtaking scenery, why not let someone else do the driving and choose one of the fatastic Great Ocean Road tours.
Two hour drive from Melbourne is The Great Ocean Road. Travel by the Princes Highway over the West Gate Bridge to Geelong. Here you can start sightseeing the striking Bellarine Peninsula or take the Surf Coast Highway to Torquay. Over 400 kilometres, from Torquay to Nelson on the South Australian border, the Great Ocean Road provides some of the most extraordinary coastal scenery in Australia. You can alos take the inland route following the Princes Highway from Geelong to Warrnambool.
V-Line coach services operate from Warrnambool to Port Fairy and Portland. For timetables and prices visit www.vline.com.au
V-Line runs train services from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne to Geelong and Warrnambool. To view times and prices visit www.vline.com.au
Sharp Airlines fly between Portland and Melbourne daily. For times and fares contact visit www.sharpairlines.com.au.