The Great Ocean Road is a 243-kilometer long road along the southeast coast of Australia. It's a beautiful trip which takes you along the coast and past some big cliffs. Here you'll find a list of 9 must do stops on The Great Ocean Road.
1. Point Danger
The first stop is Point Danger, which is a limestone headland on the coast of Torquay. There's also a beautiful beach with big waves, and it's a perfect spot for a beach break or a view of the amazing Australian coastline.
2. Bells Beach
Next stop is just a short drive from Torquay to Bells Beach - a world-famous surfing beach. Bells Beach is the home of the world's longest-running surfing competition, and the water is filled with surfers taking on the waves year-round.
3. Split Point Lighthouse
Next stop on the way is the beautiful old Split Point Lighthouse in Aireys Inlet. The lighthouse was built in 1891, but still allows people to climb the original staircase and experience the view from the balcony. You can also spend some time enjoying the view from the nearby beach.
4. Teddy's Lookout
The next stop gives you the iconic view of The Great Ocean Road. Driving on this road is an absolutely amazing experience - it's so beautiful, and you'll definitely end up stopping every 5 minutes because something looks cool. The lookout point is called Teddy's Lookout and is one of the best views along the route.
5. Kennett River
One of my favorite stops along the route is Kennett River, which is known for its koala walk and the many birds living in the area. The place is filled with colorful birds that will flock around anyone carrying food. The koala walk is one of the best places in Australia to spot koalas in the wild, and it is definitely worth a stop.
6. The Twelve Apostles
The Twelve Apostles is considered by many people to be the main attraction of The Great Ocean Road. The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park. Currently, there are only eight stacks left after the ninth stack collapsed in July 2005, but it was still a spectacular sight that you can't miss.
7. The London Bridge
Very close to The Twelves Apostles is a natural arch formation called London Bridge or London Arch. The arch used to be connected to the cliffs on the left and got its name because it looked like London Bridge. In 1990 the left arch collapsed, leaving just one. That being said, the London Bridge is still a beautiful sight and I could have spent hours watching the waves hit the cliffs.
8. The Grotto
After leaving the London Bridge, The Grotto is just a short drive away. The Grotto is a sinkhole that makes you think of The Little Mermaids Grotto from the Disney Movie. Wooden steps take you down to The Grotto, providing visibility of the sea beyond a pool at low tide.
9. Port Fairy
Last stop is Port Fairy. Port Fairy is a tiny little place with cute local restaurants and shops. Griffiths Island is only a short walk away from the town, and a walk of the islands takes you to a nice beach and to this beautiful lighthouse.
All in all, The Great Ocean Road is an amazing experience filled with natural wonders and cute little towns along the route. If you have the time, there are a lot more stops worth exploring.
The Great Ocean Road is a must do for anyone in the Melbourne area and I recommend that everyone rent a car and get going.
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