Bells Beach: This is one of Australia’s most famous surfing destinations. While proudly representing Australia’s surfing culture, it hosts the world’s longest surfing event during Easter – the Rip Curl Pro. With its stunning vista lookout of the cliffs and the ocean, Bells beach sets the tone for what beholds ahead along the drive.
Loch Ard Gorge: Is a combination of history, beauty and wilderness. The south-west coastline of Victoria is known to have claimed 180 shipwrecks, one among them is the Loch Ard shipwreck and hence the name. There are a few view points to marvel and chuckle at the views and accompanying stories. Climbing down a few stairs takes you down to the beach which provides the best view of the turquoise waters among the narrow opening between the cliffs.
- DO NOT go with a tour, instead rent a car in Melbourne and drive at your own pace and enjoy all that The Great Ocean Road has to offer
- While driving back to Melbourne, you can also take the inland route through Colac which takes about 3.5 hrs
- DO NOT rush and try to do a round trip in one day, spend a minimum of two days
- Avoid driving at night as the roads are narrow and watch out for wildlife crossing the road
- Fill up a full tank of gas and stock up on food (munchies, water, etc) for the road, oh you know the drill (no rocket science there)
- Spend as much time as possible at the beaches but be aware of the tide around the 12 Apostles
- Explore the Otway and Port Campbell National Parks by walk/hike
- Don’t miss an opportunity to catch the sunset and sunrise over the 12 Apostles (perfect timing too as the tourist buses are not around)