Tours don't make long stops so while everyone rushes around to soak up the magic of Lord Ard Gorge, the tight time meant abandoning some of the other attractions around the spot.
I was fortunate to be given the chance to visit some of these spots: The Blowhole, Thunder Cave and Sherbrooke River.
All situated on the right from Lord Ard Gorge, driving meant a less than 5 minutes journey from the Gorge. From the starting point, The Blowhole is about 250m away on foot, Thunder Cave about 500m and the mouth of Sherbrooke River, about 1km away. (There is another attraction: Broken Head, which I did not try for) Give yourself an hour at least.
The Blowhole, as it names accurately indicated, is simply a place where the waves were channelled inwards from the narrow entrance of Thunder Cave to generate a loud boom.
Sherbrooke River's mouth is a popular spot for anglers and provides you with perhaps, the closest proximity to the turbulent waters of the Southern Ocean.
I am not sure if any tours from the city will end up here - I reckon the chance to be low considering we only saw private cars in the carpark!
The Otway Fly is a 600 m long 25 m high elevated tree top walk ascending at a gentle grade through a magnificent stand of cool temperate rainforest featuring Myrtle Beech, Blackwood and Mountain Ash. A 45 m high lookout is ascended via a spiral stairway to emerge amongst the crowns of the giants of the forest. Feel yourself sway with the rhythm of the forest at its apex as the tower swaggles slightly with each shudder of the tree top walk.
There is a Springboard cantilever which bounces gently high over picturesque Young's Creek.
There is a "prehistoric walk", with dinosaurs scattered throughout the path, meant as a source of amusement for kids...which I find tacky.
Child: $9.00 (6 - 16 years)
Family: $49.50 (2 Adults + 2 Child)
Open 9am - 5.00pm daily with last ticket sales at 4.00pm.
The Fly is directly accessible from Phillips Track and is 15 minutes' drive from Lavers Hill, 45 minutes from Apollo Bay and 40 minutes from Colac. Travelling time from Melbourne via the Princess Highway is 2.5 hours. Travelling time via the Great Ocean Road is 3.5 hours.
I can now claim to have done Treetop Walks in 3 of Australia's states: Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.
Here, where the Great Ocean Road goes away from the Ocean, the Cap is the Otway Ntl Park.
On the Cap is a nice lighthouse and also the jungle walk.
My Travell Book said it would take 45 Minutes for the walk, but then you are really either very slowly walking or fotographing a lot of plants...
I think it is a good counterpart after all the driving. Take a small walk through the woods!
Cape Otway Lighthouse...it's near Apollo Bay on the edge of Cape Otway...
The Cape Otway Lighthouse was built in 1848...I learnt that it is the oldest building on the Australian mainland.
The lighthouse is open for entry from 9 am each day.
Another view of this beautiful waterfall. :) I really liked this waterfall, but maybe because it was the first one that I saw on my first visit to the Great Ocean Road... ;)
Erskine Falls is near Lorne...it's very pretty and a great place to spend some time... You can do some walks around near by too if you like.
The Triplet Falls are near Apollo Bay... This is one of my favourite waterfalls ever...although it is hard to get a good angle of it because there aren't many places to walk and set up a tripod...