Exploring Australia's Great Ocean Road | Greyhound
Top Things To Do Along The Great Ocean Road
As far as spectacular driving roads go it’s pretty hard to beat the Great Ocean Road…not just in Australia but around the world! The drive is just short of 250km long, starting in Torquay and finishing when it meets the Princess Highway just outside Warrnambool. There’s plenty of must-see sights along the way and in this blog we will take a look at some of the Great Ocean Road must-dos!
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There isn’t much that stands between Cape Otway Lighthouse and Antarctica! The lighthouse was built in 1848 and stands proud overlooking some of the roughest seas in the world.
The Lightstation is rich in history, both post-settlement and indigenous culture, and boasts some truly spectacular views. Making this an absolute must on your journey along the Great Ocean Road.
*Our top tip – The region is also packed with prehistoric history and just a few kilometres from the Lightstation is Dinosaur Cove: A great adventure for the family or the inner-palaeontologist in you!
The Twelve Apostles & Loch Ard Gorge
Probably the most well known attraction along the Great Ocean Road is The Twelve Apostles. The limestone structures are spectacular and draw in visitors from around the world hoping to get a glimpse of these dying 45m tall giants before they are all completely consumed by the ocean.
*Our top tip - A visit to the Apostles at sunrise or sunset is a must as the colours light up the stacks and surrounding cliff faces.
A short drive west of The Twelve Apostles is the, perhaps lesser known yet not less-spectacular, Loch Ard Gorge. Again the area has been carved out by the fierce weather and erosion that has made the coastline one of the most spectacular in the country. Visitors to Loch Ard Gorge are able to walk right down onto the beach and immerse themselves in the history and incredible beauty of the area.
It’s not just the wild and rugged terrain that is virtually untouched along The Great Ocean Road but also the wildlife! From koalas to whales, kangaroos to penguins and emus to waterbirds, the surrounding areas of The Great Ocean Road are teaming with wildlife.
*Our top tip – Visit the Twelve Apostles after dark or early before sunrise and if you’re lucky you might spot Little Penguins which inhabit the area.
At the base of the Otway Ranges sits the small village of Apollo Bay. Whether you are interested in hiking, wildlife or getting out on the water, Apollo Bay is a great place to base yourself from and plan your adventure.
*Our top tip – Don’t leave Apollo Bay without sampling the smorgasbord of seafood on offer.
The Great Ocean Road is renowned around the world as being one of the most spectacular scenic tours on offer and with good reason. Even if you didn’t leave the comfort of car, your trip will be one you will never forget. Don’t feel like driving? Take the hassle out of your trip and travel with Greyhound and enjoy air-conditioned comfort, free WiFi and panoramic windows to take in some of the best views in Australia.
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