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The magnificent Great Ocean Road, on the south-east coast of Australia, is regularly named as one of the world’s best road trips. It attracts people from around the globe and across Australia.
The Australian National Heritage-listed route (also known as the B100) features laidback coastal towns, surf breaks, rainforest, koala-filled trees, dairy farms, limestone cliffs and the 12 Apostles, the Great Otway National Park, and more. Visitors will find plenty of things to do along the Great Ocean Road too, from scenic stop off points to adrenaline rush thrill activities.
Half the fun of a Great Ocean Road trip is the journey. It’s an incredible driving experience that offers up plenty of views, but adding an experience like a hot air balloon ride, helicopter ride or skydive to your Great Ocean Road itinerary will take it to the next level… literally!
Those taking on this coastal drive from Melbourne will find it starts in the famous surfing town of Torquay (Bells Beach is just five kilometres away) and finishes 243km to the west in Allansford, near Warrnambool on the Shipwreck Coast.
The road’s construction between 1919 and 1932 created work for men returning from the First World War, and this incredible feat of engineering also serves as the world’s largest war memorial.
Those limited on time will find it possible to see some of Great Ocean Road’s highlights in a day. The best option for those wanting to do this would be to book a Great Ocean Road tour, as this will make sure you take in the best spots and prove less tiring than a self-drive tour.
Tours from Melbourne are a popular option, letting you sit back and take in the best sights along the way, from the Twelve Apostles and Gibsons Steps to seaside towns like Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay. You’ll learn a thing or two along the way as well.
Stunning Loch Ard Gorge in the Port Campbell National Park is a real must-see and undoubtedly a beautiful location, but it has a brutal history that a tour will help you better understand.
A Great Ocean Road road trip is one that’s well worth taking! Whether you’re a local, interstate traveller or overseas visitor, you’re sure to be blown away by this gorgeous part of Victoria. For many first-time visitors the easiest way to see the most popular sights is on a Great Ocean Road tour. These are a great way to learn about what you’re seeing and take the stress out of the experience, safe in the knowledge you’ll be taken to see the best locations along the way.
Of course, if you know your way around this area already, or are keen to follow your own Great Ocean Road itinerary, you could drive yourself. It’s very possible to make your Great Ocean Road trip last multiple days and not run out of things to do.
One sight along the Great Ocean Road that’s hard to miss is Split Point Lighthouse in the boutique coastal town of Aireys Inlet. An impressive sight in its own right, it’ll also be instantly recognisable as the lighthouse from Round the Twist to those of you familiar with the popular 90s and 00s kids’ TV show.
The beauty of exploring the Great Ocean Road on your own is that you can see things as your own pace, stay over in accommodation for a night or two and take full advantage of all the activities and attractions.
We have a range of Great Ocean Road tours at Adrenaline. You may wish to choose a one-day bus tour taking in the main sights, from the Twelve Apostles to the coastal towns, but there are also tours with added extras like a hike through Great Otway National Park to the secluded Beauchamp Falls or even a visit to Otways Fly Treetop Walk to enjoy ziplines and more.
Those with a real sense of adventure could even jump on the back of a BMW motorcycle for a Great Ocean Road tour with a difference. This five-hour motorcycle tour sets off from Geelong taking you to Torquay, Bells Beach, Lorne and Apollo Bay. You can then choose between a return journey along the coast or through the Otways.
Besides the famous sights, Great Ocean Road is also an adventure lovers’ dream. There are all kinds of ways to add an extra thrill or a shot of adrenaline to your day.
If you’ve always wanted to skydive, the Great Ocean Road is the perfect place to make it happen. Take a leap of faith with a tandem skydive from up to 15,000ft. The bucket list experience of skydiving is available at Torquay and Barwon Heads, and offers breathtaking views along the Great Ocean Road and back towards Melbourne CBD.
Another awesome way to take full advantage of the scenery is with a Great Ocean Road helicopter flight. This is undoubtedly one of the fastest ways to see the sights and is sure to give you a whole new perspective on the route (and maybe even life!). Those who’d prefer a slower pace may prefer a hot air balloon ride with views of the Great Ocean Road, taking off from Geelong.
For a scenic flight with an added shot of adrenaline, go for aerobatic flights. A highly trained pilot will take you on the journey of a lifetime, treating you to a host of aerial manoeuvres and spectacular views of the Surf Coast. Your flight is pretty amazing to watch for friends and family on the ground too!
Great Ocean Road is a popular spot for surfing and stand up paddle boarding. Torquay, sometimes known as the surf capital of Australia, is an awesome place to catch waves. Whether you’re an absolute beginner looking to learn the surf basics, or an experienced surfer looking to take your skills to the next level, this is the place to do it. Book an experience and you’ll have everything you need supplied, including surfboard, wetsuit and expert instruction.
A great thing to do with the family along the Great Ocean Road is to take a trip to Otway Fly Treetop Adventure. This experience is much loved by kids and adults, with obstacles suitable for people of all ages. Fly high on ziplines and get a new appreciation for the forest.
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