Sunshine-filled days, sandy beaches, epic surf and stunning sunsets – nothing beats a summer spent along Victoria’s world-famous Great Ocean Road.
The Great Ocean Road hardly needs an introduction. This section of Victoria’s coastline is second to none, full of stunning natural landmarks, laid-back coastal towns, stretches of pristine beaches, and world-renowned surfing destinations. But beyond the sights of the famous Twelve Apostles and the pumping waves at Bells Beach, the Great Ocean Road is a summer haven full of enchanting twists and turns. On this journey from Melbourne to Port Fairy, you’ll not only be discovering the very best of Victoria’s famous coastline, but you’ll also be embarking on a culinary adventure, learning about First Nations history, visiting secret waterfalls, and admiring all that Mother Nature has to offer along the Great Ocean Road Drive.
Torquay to Apollo Bay
Arriving in Torquay, you’re officially on Great Ocean Road (be sure to get a picture next to the big sign!), and it’s time to hit the ground running. The first leg of our adventure takes us to some of Victoria’s most popular coastal destinations, where a cruisy surf culture and a laid-back lifestyle sees waves worshipped by both friendly locals and excited tourists alike. While surfing is popular, the beaches here are still perfect for those who aren’t too keen on zipping up a wetsuit and braving the ocean’s huge swells. In fact, these beaches are a perfect place to perch for a long summer day, where you can relax in the sunshine with a good book, watch the surfers in action, or picnic on the grassy foreshores.
From Torquay, it’s about 20 minutes to Anglesea, where the hustle and bustle of the Bellarine and the touristy pockets of Torquay feel a million miles away. Sink into relaxation with a gentle stroll along Point Roadknight Beach’s protected waters, explore the surrounding woodlands of Anglesea Heath, or enjoy a hit on the green at the Anglesea Golf Club. The area is also home to plenty of kangaroos and birdlife for those wanting to indulge in some animal watching. Once you’re feeling hungry, pull up for the night at Anglesea Family Caravan Park and head on over to Love House, where a menu of delicious Asian-fusion share plates and fun cocktails can be enjoyed as the sun sets over the ocean.
Aireys Inlet is the next stop on our journey, only 10 minutes from Anglesea. The town’s Split Point Lighthouse will probably evoke some nostalgia in any Aussie who remembers the ’90s popular TV show Round the Twist. These days, you can enjoy a tour of the lighthouse, where a guide will take you to the top for epic views and informative insight into the lighthouse’s past.
This is just a sneak peek! To read about the rest of the journey, check out the Summer Edition of Caravanning Australia.
Pictured: Split Point Lighthouse. Image (C) Tourism Australia and Visit Victoria