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Great Ocean Road
The magnificent coastline called
the Great Ocean Road stretches from Geelong in Victoria all the way
east to the border of South Australia. It is lined with awesome views
and spectacular natural attractions, most notably the Twelve Apostles
and London Arch.
Accommodation is found along the way in relaxed country beachside towns
such as Apollo Bay and Port Fairy, and there are some beautiful beaches,
fantastic National Parks, and some great surfing spots around there
too, although the water is a bit chilly! Wildlife abounds and you can
see fairy penguins along this coastline too.
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If you do the Great Ocean Road in an easterly direction
the first place you will come across is the Port Campbell National
Park, which has some fabulous rock formations. The first formation
you will see is London Arch, a natural arch formed through erosion,
which used to be called London Bridge due to the close resemblance
to the actual bridge, until it collapsed in 1990.
After Port Campbell you will pass Mutton Bird Island
and The Blowhole, which is spectacular on a windy day. You will
also come across Loch Ard Gorge where the Loch Ard clipper came
to grief in 1878, only two people survived. One of the most spectacular
sights is the Twelve Apostles, countless photographs have been shot
here, possibly the best at sunrise or sunset. You can also get down
to Gibson Beach here, but as with all beaches along this wild coastline
please be careful, most are too dangerous to swim and you can get
stranded when the tide comes in.
Driving further east you'll pass the Melba Gully State
Park, before reaching Cape Otway and the Otway National Park, some
spectacular lush rainforest grows here. The Pacific Highway heads
inland from here through the beautiful rainforest of the national
park at this point, but there are several tracks which take you
down to coastal spots.
More worthwhile stops are at Blanket Bay which offers
bush camping and walking trails, Elliott River picnic area, Maits
Rest rainforest boardwalk offer rainforest treks, the Otway Lighthouse,
Bimbi Park horse ranch and lots of pretty beaches, including beautiful
When the highway meets the coast again you will reach
Apollo Bay, a pretty fishing town with some popular beaches. Further
east is the popular coastal resort of Lorne and after that you pass
through the Angahook-Lorne State Park before reaching the town of
Aireys Inlet. There are a few choices in accommodation at Aireys
Inlet and also some good beaches. Continue to travel east and arrive
at the towns of Anglesea, more great beaches as well as good surf,
London Arch, one of the many striking features on the Great
The children's song "London Bridge has fallen
down" became reality in january 1990 when the above rock formation
then known as London Bridge suddenly collapsed. For many years day
trippers had walked out along this natural bridge to the big rock
at the end but after sitting there for possible millions of years
the bridge spontaneously collapsed in January 1997 leaving two people
stranded on the rock who had to wait several hours for a helicipter
to arrive to ferry them back to the mainland. There is an urban
myth that these two people were not actually a couple but both cheating
on their repective partners and then got caught out getting their
faces on national television but we do not know if this holds truth
The rock formation was then renamed to London Arch.
Although the rock formations of the 12 Apostles are very large,
they are quite soft and made up of a combination of limestone, sandstone
and fossils, and the ocean waves erode them slowly at the rate of
a centimetre a year.
The latest big crash happened in 2005, tourists that witnessed it
said it was an awesome experience to see the 6000 year old 70 metre
high rockformation topple over. Currently there are only eight Apostles,
but this can change any time, as the ocean erodes rocky outcropped
headlands new ones can be formed, and just as likely other Apostles
can fall over, so the name 12 Apostles in never going to be accurate
NEWSFLASH: On 26 September 2009 another Apostle fell over,
so now we are down to only seven!
How to get to the Great Ocean Road
Unless you live in Victoria you will have to fly to the
nearest airport Melbourne first.
If you are already in Australia then go to our page
Cheap Domestic Flights in Australia for a good choice
in cheap domestic airfares to Melbourne.
If you are still in your home country then you will need
to get an international flight to Melbourne.
Airlines that fly straight in to Melbourne include Singapore
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Flights to Australia page for an overview of what is available
in budget airfares to Melbourne.
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Rent a car to see the Great Ocean
Driving your own car is one of the best ways to see the
Great Oean Road and there is a wide choice of car rental companies where
you can book your car or campervan online to be assured of a car on your
arrival in Melbourne, and most offer one way rentals between major cities.
Nothing beats the freedom of having your own car to explore and stop when
and where you want.
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Relax and let someone else do the driving!
Ocean Road in a day
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Enjoy one of the world's greatest
coastal drives with its dramatic scenery of striking contrasts.
The region boasts powerful seas, golden beaches, peaceful
townships, giant cliffs and lush forests. Enjoy views
of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay from the West Gate Bridge.
Stroll along the pristine sandy beaches and wander through
sleepy seaside holiday towns. View majestic monoliths
abruptly rising from the sea. Discover the deep fern gullies
and eucalypt trees as they meet the sheer coast that plunges
into the sparking Southern Ocean. Hear the legends of
the 'Shipwreck Coast', enjoy traditional Aussie billy
tea, stop for photos and relax while watching breathtaking
coastal panoramas. Bring spare camera film and prepare
yourself for a wonderful day. More
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