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Travel – The Great Ocean Road – Australia – Part 3




Read more in the previous post (Travel – the Great Ocean Road – Australia – Part 2). This is a series of 3 posts that talks about an extraordinary road, the Great Ocean Road. The road is remarkable, both for its construction history and for the current drive on this road.

One of the attractions of the Great Ocean Road is a walk called, guess it, the Great Ocean walk.

Great Ocean Walk:

• In 2004, the Great Ocean Walk opened.
• It connects 104 km of walking trails.
• This includes the coastline on the Great Ocean Road, stretching from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles.

Attractions

1. Twelve Apostles

• The Twelve Apostles are somewhat misnamed.
• Tourism officials renamed this rock formation the 12 Apostles from its former name “Sow and Piglets”.
• Some question whether there ever were 12 Apostles; since the coastline changed over time as a result of strong waves coming off of the Southern Ocean, the apostles did not remain 12.
• As of now, seven are visible at a single time from any point.
• Following a collapse of one in 2005, now there are only eight left.
• If in case you include two which are in the east you are able to still scrounge up to a total of 10, not twelve.

2. Split Point Lighthouse
3. A waterfall in Otway National Park

4. Bells Beach Surfing mecca

• This beach is ideal for surfers.
• There are kangaroos visible in nearby grasslands in the early morning here, which can astound tourists.

5. Point Addis

• There is Surfing here.
• There is also an indigenous walk which passes through the bushland.
• In addition, there is a view point above the beach here.
• Signs provide a lot of detail about how the local aboriginals used the land.
• It takes about half an hour to do this walk.

6. Split Point, Aireys Inlet

7. Angahook-Lorne State Park

• The park has many walking trails.
• The trails are especially in the Aireys Inlet and Lorne areas.

8. Teddy’s Lookout

• Lorne Offers a view of the Great Ocean Road since it winds across the coastline.

9. Marriner’s Lookout

• It is located in Apollo Bay.
• There are some great views in the township.
• This is in addition to the 3 bays that define Apollo Bay.

10. Otway National Park:

• There is a 30 minute loop walk at Mait’s Rest which passes through lovely rainforest.
• Glow worms can be obtained from gullies on night walks.
• This National Park also incorporates a volume of beautiful waterfalls.
These include:
• Hopetoun Falls
• Triplet Falls
• Beauchamp Falls

11. Cape Otway Lighthouse

• It is in operation since 1848.
• It is the oldest light station on mainland Australia.
• It saved the lives of sailors in this treacherous section of the Southern ocean and Bass Strait.
• One can climb to the top and find a great view over Spectacular Ocean.
• One can view passing whales and ships.

12. Melba Gully State Park

• You can find picnic facilities and toilets below the car park.
• There is a 30 minute walk through the bush.
• The boardwalk provides a unique possibility to walk one of the tree ferns.
• Glow worms can be seen over the tracks in the evening.

13. Port Campbell National Park

• This park is near Port Campbell.
• One can also see 12 Apostles, London Bridge and Razorback rock formation.

14. Surf Coast Walk within the Angahook-Lorne State Park:
Coastal walkway which spans about 30 km starts from
a. Jan Juc Beach near Torquay
b. Through Bells Beach
c. Pt Addis
d. Anglesea
e. Aireys Inlet
f. to Moggs Creek
• The total distance takes about 11 hours.
• There are lots of access points in order that this trip can be started and stopped in between and can be achieved in sections.

15. Lake Elizabeth, Forrest

• Take advantage of the attractiveness of the rain forest with an easy walk.
• Go for a canoe tour at dawn or dusk to go see the elusive platypus in its natural habitat.

16. Otway Fly Tree Top Adventures

• Walk-through the treetops at a height, at a 25 metre high elevated tree top walk.
• This magical sky walk takes you to a magnificent stand of cool temperate rainforest.
• It features: Myrtle Beach, Blackwood and Mountain Ash.
• A spiral stairway takes you even higher with zip lining available too.
• In addition there are some Great places to do mountain biking in the rear of Apollo Bay around Forest along with the Otway National Park.

Tour
• Many tourists would rather require a tour instead of driving themselves.
• There are several operators offering day and multiple day tours along the Great Ocean Road.
• Tours include small group tours, private tours to bus tours.

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• Most visitors begin from Melbourne.
• This is about 95 kms away from Torquay.
• One can also fly into Avalon Airport which is located near Geelong instead of Melbourne’s main airport.
• This is nearer to the road and there are car hires available here.
• Jetstar and Tiger Airways offer regular flight services from here.
• There are V/Line buses that are operated from Geelong along the Great Ocean Road.
• They go up to Apollo Bay 3 times in a day from Monday to Friday and 2 times on Saturday to Sunday.
• There is a bus from Apollo Bay to Warrnambool every Friday.
• There are also V/Line trains to Warrnambool regularly.

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at wotif.com
Hotels at ballarat.com

Blogs / Sites

Blogs at wikitravel.org
Blogs at visitmelbourne.com
Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs and reviews at visitgreatoceanroad.org.au

Images and photos

Images at wikitravel.org
Images at visitmelbourne.com
Images at wikipedia.org
Images at google.com

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