The Great Ocean Road, one of the most beautiful road trips, simply because of its stunning views along the way. The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243-kilometre (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Warrnambool.
Interesting fact: The road was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932, and is the world’s largest war memorial; dedicated to casualties of World War I.
We started our road trip from Warrnambool and the first stop we made was at the Bay of Islands.
There are 3 viewing points, with 2 of them close together, but definitely check out the third one as well.
Next up: Bay of Martyrs
You walk about 500 m to reach the steps that will take you to the Grotto.
In my opinion one of the highlights, just amazing! Prior to the collapse in 1990 the arch was known as the London Bridge. You can find the natural arch near Port Campbell.
On the other side of the London Arch
Loch Ard Gorge
Loch Ard Gorge was named after the clipper Loch Ard, wrecked in 1878. The area has become famous for its coastal scenery. There`s lots to be seen here and there are three easy walks to discover this area. The Loch Ard Gorge, the Island Archway, Muttonbird Island, Razorback and more. Allow some time to take it all in.
You can find the Loch Ard Gorge about 10 minutes` drive from the Twelve Apostles. Have a look at my visit to the Twelve Apostles.
I went on this road trip with the support of Tourism Victoria, as always the opinion in this article are my own.
Great Ocean Road Iphone App says
Great photos. So many people go to the 12 Apostles (which are amazing) and don’t see how spectacular the Bay of Islands and the Bay of Apostles. Very few people around I imagine when taking these photos
Yes, that`s something I noticed, very busy at 12 Apostles, less crowded along the rest of the way.
6 Robertson St, Peterborough says
Isabelle, these are great photos. In my lifetime, tours from Melbourne along the beautiful Great Ocean Road have always turned around at Port Campbell to head home when just 10 minutes beyond, heading to Peterborough and on to Warrnambool from there (so, travelling in the opposite direction to you!), there are amazing sights to be seen such as the Arch, London Bridge, Peterborough foreshore, the Bay of Martyrs, Bay of Islands, Crofts, Childers Cove, as you have shown – and without the crowds. Thanks for sharing these fantastic images.