The Great Ocean Road, Geelong
The road starts at Torquay and ends at Allansford . Drive along the Great Ocean Road (243 kms long) and see the 12 Apostles, limestone stack formations that are a little way out, standing in the ocean. There are also several blow holes and naturally formed caves to see.
This is a very rugged part of the coast, with cliffs, gorges and blowholes. The most well known feature of this national park are the 12 Apostles. Only seven of them remain, because they're beaten my wind, rain and waves. A helicopter ride is an expensive, but great way to get to see the coast. I went with PremiAIR (0355988266).
The next stop would be Loch Ard Gorge, where 2 survivors of a ship wreck lived for a while until they got rescued.
After Port Campbell there's another place to see, London Bridge. The connection with the mainland fell away when there was a couple on it. It turned out the man had told his work he was sick and he had told his wive he was on a working holiday.
This National Park has a temperate rainforest, fern gullies and a lot of forest. You can have great walks there and see trees that could fit a car into. Maits Rest Rainforest Boardwalk is a great way to see the rainforest if you haven't got a lot of time.
You should take an unforgettable journey along Victoria`s Great Ocean Road, the world`s most inspiring coastal drive. The length of the road is about 280 kilometres from Geelong to Warrnambool. The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia`s most visited attractions. It meanders along the coast of the Southern Ocean between golden beaches with rugged rock outcrops, and the Otway Ranges, and passes through the Angahook-Lorne State Park and Otway State Forest, abundant rain-forest area. The Great Ocean area is rich in attractions ranging from cheeseries and quiant restaurants, to raging surf and spectacular outcrops. Among the most popular is the Port Campbell National Park. These outcrops, include "the 12 Apostles" a spectacular collection of eroded sandstone outcropts and are the centre of the park.
Torquay is one of my favorite beaches around here. The town is a lovely place to visit, it has a small holiday resort atmosphere, and very pretty.
The famous 'Bells Beach' is in this area, so it can get quite crowded when the surfing competitions are on.
This is a pic of the "Big Tree", the highlight of the Melba Gully rainforest walk.
The tree is an Otway Messmate and is around 300 years old.
It has been ravaged by fire several times in its lifetime, yet it is still alive and growing
The Warrnambool Maritime Museum is particularly interesting for the large amount of intact artefacts on display which were salvaged by diving the Shipwrecks of the area. One such item is a 2 1/2 foot figurine of a peacock, perfectly intact.
There are some beautiful forest walks which can be taken in the hills above Apollo Bay , some taking you through huge forests where tree ferns can be found over 10 feet tall and some trees are hundreds of years old.
Maits Rest is approx. 15 minutes of boardwalk trail through a tree fern rainforest above Apollo Bay. The walk is nice enough in the daytime, but it's the night walk that I really love.
Clinging to the underside of the tree fern canopies
you can see tiny glow worms, if you look very very carefully. They look like tiny winking stars and make me feel like I'm in an enchanted wood. Some times of the year there are more than others - you can check with the great Visitor Information Centre in Apollo Bay which is right on the beach foreshore opposite the town shops.
There is another walk in the hills called Paradise where one can also see the glow worms, but you almost need a 4WD to access the rough gravel road, then walk across country, cross a creek, then tread a narrow earthen pathway over tree roots and obstacles in the dark, so I wouldn't recommend that one at night. A beautiful walk in daylight hours though if you can get there.
Famous for the Twelve Apostles and historic shipwrecks.
Getting there: The 250 km drive from Melbourne via the Princes Highway takes about three hours. A more scenic but longer and winding route, the famous Great Ocean Road takes about five hours.
There are three Loch Ard Gorge Short Walks:
(1) the 900m geology walk looks at the forces that shaped the area’s astounding coastline
(2) the 3km ‘Living on the Edge’ tour presents the diverse wildlife that make their home on the edge of sheer cliffs
(3) the 1.4km ‘Wreck of the Loch Ard’ walk recounts the amazing escape of the two young survivors of the Loch Ard, wrecked here in 1878
The 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge
A very beautiful and impressive place. A lot of people mention The '12 Apostles' on their 'Melbourne' page, I put it on 'Geelong' because it's closer....
And also I put a photograph I took myself, not one from a touristic brochure...
Loch Ard Gorge is also a nice place, and there you can walk down to cliff to the place where the only survivor of the 'Loch Ard' wreckage landed. Then, as he did, you can climb the cliff...
This is a famous surfing beach. A lot of world championships are being held there. It's a nice place for a first stop and enjoy the view, maybe even have a swim or a surf!
Driving along this road you will see some of the world's best coastline. Views along this road also include the stone monoliths of the Twelve Apostles and remnants of Old London Bridge.
Handgliding, i didnt do it.. i mean as if! Though many people do it, because of the fabulous views under you, the sparkling Australian ocean.
Great Views, lotsa fun i guess.