There’s ample reason why a Great Ocean Road day tour tops the list of Australian road drives with the chance being high that it may also be one of the best in the world! With a 244-kilometre stretch from Torquay West to Warrnambool that offers a mind blowing combination of rough coastline, rich rainforest, scenic seaside settlements, diverse wildlife and splendid attractions, it is undoubtedly a road trip you’ve never been on!
You could cover the entire stretch in a mere 12 hours drive, but when you’re on the most iconic road in the world you can’t help but stop to make the best of it! Even though the entire journey itself is a visual extravaganza, there are couple of places you just have to stop by to completely enjoy this drive to its fullest. Read on for our list of top ten:
Popular Twelve Apostles
Want to know what all the fuss about the rocks is? You won’t understand it completely till you see them in real! Visit the spectacular landmarks that lie on the scenic Great Ocean and 12 Apostles tour from Melbourne. Enjoy spectacular views of the giant limestone structures at 12 Apostles that will leave you awestruck as you drive past them during the sunset or sunrise.
Beach lovers, here’s the right tour for you! Go down the road from Twelve Apostles Visitors Centre and there you’ll see the Gibson Steps. Walk down the steps and you’ll be greeted by a whole new perspective of soaring waves against the backdrop of huge cliffs.
P.S: Note that these steps are also one of the top vantage points from where you can see the Twelve Apostles too!
Lord Ard Gorge
Christened after the sailing ship that went aground in June 1878, Lord Ard Gorge speaks of the story of a disastrous shipwreck. The ship that was returning after a three-month voyage from England to Melbourne went aground and the disaster had only two survivors, Tom and Eva. The two unconnected rock pillars seen here are officially named after them ever since.
Also named as the London Bridge due to the resemblance in structure, London Arch was formed as a result of a gradual process of erosion. Though the arch may not look very similar to the bridge, it collapsed unexpectedly in January 1990 and transformed into ‘a bridge without a middle’! In spite of this, the arch is regarded to be one of the best spots to take in scenic views of the Southern Ocean. If lucky you may also spot some little penguins here!
Displaying the coastal aura with exotic cafes, antique stores, boutiques and galleries, Lorne tops the list of picturesque town that you will come across along this drive. This little coastal town is not just known as a popular attraction for those on the drive but it is also a common holiday destination for Melburnians. Go on a stroll on the beach, enjoy the taste of unique seafood dishes or halt for a night at one of the beachfront hotels; and it’ll surely be a break you won’t regret having!
Topping more numbers on the list is the popular Sinkhole Grotto, the picturesque Apollo Bay, Koala encounters at Kennett River and more! Each mile will treat you with something new and exciting that’ll have you stop and mesmerize at!
So decide on your dates, get your bags ready, fill your fuel tanks and go on a drive as there is no road trip that is like the Great Ocean Road tour!